Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD

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Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
21 Bedford Road, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M5R 2J9 Canada
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Personal Statement

Dr. Donovan is a US and Canadian board - certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair transplantation and hair loss. His offices are based in Toronto and Vancouver.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Dermatology


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery (CSDS)

Awards & Recognition

Canadian Skin Patient Alliance "Pro - Patient" Dermatologist Award, 2010 - 2015
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Grant Awardee, 2012
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 2012
Annual Meeting, 1st place, Poster Presentation, 2012
Outstanding Lecturer in Dermatology, Undergraduate Medical Education, 2012
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 2011 Annual Meeting, 1st place, Poster Presentation, 2011


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, University of Ottawa, 2004
    Graduate: PhD, University of Toronto
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Dermatology, University of Toronto
    Hair Immunology, New York at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Hair Loss, University of California, San Francisco
    Hair Transplantation, University of Toronto

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Blog Posts and Articles

Every Individual with Hair Loss has a Unique Story

The StoryEach and every patient with hair loss has a unique "story" to share about his of her hair loss. No two people are the same. Even the pair of identical twins I saw this month each shared very different stories.The Plot: Not Always Essential to My DiagnosisFor some patients, a precise and accurate story of the hair loss is extremely important to me and I need to collect all the details in order to help formulate a diagnosis. For other patients, the actual story of hair loss is...

Side effects of topical minoxidil: what are they?

Topical minoxidil helps men and women with genetic hair loss (also called androgenetic alopecia) and is formally FDA approved for treating hair loss. If you have another kind of hair loss, it might not work or not as well. Minoxidil must be used forever if individuals are using for genetic hair loss.Side effects can not all be listed here, but include:headachesdizzinessheart palpitationshair growth on the face (in 5% of users)shedding in months 1-2irritationallergy (rare)swelling in the...

Shedding of really short hairs: what does it mean?

I'm often asked about hair shedding and what it signifies. How many hairs Is normal to lose everyday? What does it mean if I see lots of short hairs?In general, when someone feels they are shedding more each day than they used to, I say that it is abnormal. Granted this is probably more than 70-100 hairs, but the cut offs are different for different people.Individuals can shed long hairs or short hairs. How short should shed hairs be to raise suspicion for a person having genetic hair loss?...

Treatments for alopecia areata

At present there is no cure for alopecia areata. However, many of the treatments for alopecia areata are extremely effective. Be sure to see a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. I can't emphasize enough the importance of getting connected with treatments that have good evidence and staying clear of those that don't.It can sometimes be difficult for patients to navigate through all the marketing and hype that surrounds hair loss treatments.Although there are no FDA approved...

Hair transplants for traction alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss whereby hairs are lost from repeated strain or pulling on the hair. Many women with traction alopecia develop hair loss along the front of the scalp. Hair transplants can be a very good option for many women with traction alopecia but expert evaluation is needed. Here are a few tips that are helpful to patients and physicians considering transplanting traction alopeciaTop 4 Tips for Patients with Traction Alopecia Considering a Hair Transplant.1) Go...

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