Dr. Ziering received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in 1989 in Miami, Florida. He underwent his internship with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and simultaneously began working with the MHR surgical team, assisting Dr. Matt Leavitt with hair transplant surgery. These years would prove to be the foundational ones where Dr. Ziering explored his fascination with how hair grows naturally and the impact of progressive hair loss. These would be those years when he began crafting his surgical skills based on a pure love and desire to achieve more natural looking results. Dr. Ziering would go on to complete his residency in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at Ohio University’s Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio in 1993. After this period of extensive post graduate education and training, Dr. Ziering spent time completing a formal Fellowship in Hair Restoration Medical Hair Restoration in Orlando, Florida under the supervision of Dr. Matt Leavitt and eventually became the Associate Medical Director at Medical Hair Restoration MHR, serving in this capacity for a period of ten years and performing surgery in Orlando, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Washington, DC and New York City.
In 2003, Dr. Ziering opened the doors to his private practice, Ziering Medical, which is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California with surgical centers located in Newport Beach, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Over time, Ziering Medical expanded to Chicago and New York City.
As one of the pioneers in male and female hair transplantation, Dr. Ziering has over 27 years of experience perfecting the art and science of hair restoration surgery. Dr. Ziering’s expertise has led to ground breaking innovations such as the Ziering Whorl, the Ziering Blades, the Ziering Scope and the Ziering Tunnel Technique which are used by surgeons around the globe. As a leading authority in the field of hair transplant surgery who has performed over 22,000 procedures, he is often featured on shows such as The Doctors, The Today Show, E! News, Good Morning America, Extreme Makeover, Good Day LA and most recently stars in the hit Netflix series, Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills. Dr. Ziering’s reputation for discretion, perfection and excellence often attracts the likes of celebrities, royalty, high level executives and sports figures – many of whom are his patients.
Ziering Medical is Dr. Ziering’s home base for his innovative spirit and need to tinker and experiment. As the first hair transplant surgeon in the western US to purchase the ARTAS Robotic System, Dr. Ziering would go on to develop a clinical workflow for larger cases and to introduce the system in Europe. Our offices in Beverly Hills and New York are designated as beta test sites for Restoration Robotics, Inc., in which ongoing refinements for this evolving technology are developed and tested.
In our US offices and abroad, Dr. Ziering is frequently tapped to teach and train hair transplant surgeons around the globe how to use this advanced technology as well as how to integrate it into their international practices. He recently completed a teaching tour in Asia, working with hair transplant surgeons in South Korea, Taiwan, and The Philippines.”
Affectionately called Dr. Z by colleagues and patients, he has been instrumental in suggesting, developing, and testing innovations and techniques with ARTAS Robotic surgery, such as fathering the all-important “Robot Prep” site making method which promotes healing and optimal surgical outcomes. Additional contributions include are:
- The first hair transplant surgeon to harvest 2000 robotic grafts in a single session and ultimately achieve a 3500 ARTAS graft procedure
- The first hair transplant surgeon to perform a Robotic FUE procedure on an African American patient,
- The first hair transplant surgeon to perform Robotic FUE on a female patient
- The first hair transplant surgeon to perform a long hair robotic FUE transplant
- The first hair transplant surgeon to perform the robotic site making procedure on live television
- To date, Dr. Ziering has completed nearly 1 million robotic FUE harvests and over 500 cases.
While maintaining his private practice and caring for his patients, he participates continuing medical education annually while frequently being tapped to teach and train other surgeons at Scientific Meetings in the US and abroad. Dr. Ziering has written chapters for hair restoration textbooks and published many articles on surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss in several medical publications. Click here to preview some of Dr. Craig Ziering’s published articles.
Dr. Ziering has met rigorous requirements to become Board Certified by both the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, (AOCD). He is active with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) and is privileged hold the position of Past President of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
Professional Appointments and Achievements
Currently Dr. Ziering serves on the faculty of the ISHRS World Congress and specifically as Chairman of the Advanced Board Review Course and the faculty of the ISHRS Live Surgery Workshop. He maintains membership on the ISHRS Fellowship Training Committee and the ISHRS CME Committee. He was also on the founding board of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ABHRS). In 2003, Dr. Ziering was recognized by his peers at the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons for his Whorl Hair Classification System being awarded the prestigious, “Most Original New Idea” at that year’s scientific assembly and has been awarded the “Clinic of Excellence” designation from Restoration Robotics every year since 2013. Additionally, Dr. Z is on the Surgical Faculty for the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the University of California at Irvine, the Dermatology Faculty, Western University/Pacific Hospital, Long Beach, California and Michigan State University, Dermatology Faculty.
Hair Cloning/Multiplication, (HSC)
2008 – Present
Palomar Medical Technologies Inc.
Laser resurfacing and Hair Growth,
Merck & Co., Inc.
Propecia and Hair Transplantation,
2001 – 2002
The New York Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Human Gene Expression Mapping Skin Disease
As it relates to Androgenetic Alopecia,
2000 – 2001
SEO Trilase (Alexandrite/Nd: YAG) Laser and the Erbium: YAG Crystalase laser for Cutaneous and Cosmetic Surgery, 1996 – 1998
Medical, Scientific and Editorial Advisory Board Positions:
Histogen, Inc. Scientific Advisory Board, 2008 – Present
Allergan Advisory Board, 2017 – present
Medical Consultant for HairDx, 2008
Merck & Co., Inc. Medical Advisory Board, 2000
Lexington International Medical Advisory Board, 2005 – Present
Pfizer Medical Advisory Board, 2001
Dermatologic Surgery Article Reviewer, 2006 – Present
Ziering Medical is a private practice dedicated exclusively to the specialty of hair restoration and creating positive change for our patients. Our medical staff is selected not only for their skill but also for their integrity, compassion and commitment to excellence. From the initial consultation and customized treatment and surgical plan, to providing precise post-operative follow-up care and support, each patient is assured of receiving confidential and unparalleled quality care.
Rae Lynne Kinler, M.D. became a member of the Ziering team after a fellowship in Hair Restoration Surgery under Dr. Craig Ziering. The first physician in her family, combined with a love of art and technology, drew Dr. Kinler into the field of aesthetics and hair transplantation.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Dr. Kinler attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in Saint Maarten, N.A., followed by a General Surgery Residency at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, and a Trauma Fellowship at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. She went on to complete an Aesthetic Medicine Fellowship at Dolce Vida Medical Spa in Shelton, Connecticut.
Dr. Kinler pursued the Hair Transplant Fellowship with Dr. Ziering, as she feels “in order to be the best, you have to be trained by the best.” During her fellowship, she became extremely proficient in Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplantation (MFUT) and particularly skilled at Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) procedures, including manual FUE and ARTAS Robotic (FUE) procedures, participating in research and development with Restoration Robotics, and has been invited to lecture for the company.
She vigorously trains and has run in multiple marathons, including the NYC Marathon and numerous half marathons. Dr. Kinler also enjoys training and competing in IRONMAN triathlons, as well as traveling.
Dr. James Calder is the Medical Director of Ziering Medical’s Newport Beach office.
A graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in 1983, Dr. Calder’s career in hair restoration dates to 1999 at which time he underwent a formal preceptorship with an esteemed practitioner of the art of hair restoration surgery before joining ranks with Dr. Ziering in California.
Following a sojourn with Bosley Medical on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., Dr. Calder recently returned to Southern California to rejoin Ziering Medical as it embarks on its expanded practice program incorporating cutting edge therapeutics for hair and skin conditions.
Dr. Calder brings back to Ziering Medical an expanded repertoire of hair loss treatment remedies – including expert level FUE skill as well as in-depth knowledge and proficiency of PRP and other cell-based therapeutics to combat hair loss.
Over the course of his twenty year practice history exclusively devoted to hair restoration surgery, Dr. Calder has amassed a wealth of experience across the range of hair restoration techniques and applications inclusive of facial hair transplants, such as eyebrow and beard transplants, as well as hairline reassignment.
The combination of his meticulous nature and sense of aesthetic sensibility make Dr. Calder well suited for the practice of hair restoration.
His quest remains the delivery of the latest medical & surgical techniques along with state-of-the-art technology to optimize every individual’s outcome from his or her experience with Ziering Medical.
Michelle Elway, D.O., is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.She is a member of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.Dr. Elway joined the Ziering Medical team after completing her Dermatology Residency in Colorado at Rocky Vista University/ Colorado Dermatology Institute.She completed medical school at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Vegas.Dr. Elway enjoys all aspects of Cosmetic Dermatology, Hair Restoration, and Anti-aging.She strives to help patients feel and live their best lives.
A childhood spent exploring the wilds of Big Sky Country and her family ranch in Montana gave her a deep sense of wonder and appreciation of natural beauty which continues to inspire and influence her aesthetic perspectives. With that early foundation, she is quick to understand and visualize how to enhance a patient’s own natural beauty. In taking on the role of hair transplant surgeon, she noticed early on the correlation between all the unique patterns one sees in nature just as a skilled hair surgeon sees on a patient’s head.“Replicating those patterns to achieve a natural result is key,” shares Dr. Elway.Noted by her patients and peers as having a quick wit and straightforward manner, she also enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling, exploring the great outdoors, supporting our military, and spending time with family and friends.