Vancouver Dermatologist
750 West Broadway St., Ste. 905
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1H8 CA
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Personal Statement

Dr. Donovan is a US and Canadian board - certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. His office is based in 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)

Consultation Fee

Initial Consultation Fee: $ 750

Awards & Recognition

Canadian Skin Patient Alliance "Dermatologist of the Year" 2016
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, 2011
Outstanding Lecturer in Dermatology, Undergraduate Medical Education 2012


  • 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

Treatments offered at Donovan Medical

Blog Posts and Articles

Omega 3s: A Potential Role in Hair Loss

What Are Omega 3s? Omega 3 fatty acids are called 'essential' fatty acids because we, as humans, can't synthesize them ourselves. We need to get them from our diet. While research in the role of these essential fatty acids in hair biology is still in it's early stages, and we don't really understand if they help or not, it's well known that these omega 3s have a variety of beneficial effects for human health. Evidence suggests that omega 3s have benefits such as lowering...

Do I have to use my hair loss treatment forever?

The word ‘forever’ has a fairly clear meaning and isn’t really open to much in the way of interpretation. Forever means continually. Forever means for always. Forever means forever. For those with genetic hair loss (sometimes called androgenetic alopecia), treatments must be used forever. If treatments are stopped, any benefits that a patient achieved will be lost. Surprisingly, when you pick up a bottle of a typical medication or treatment for genetic hair loss, the word...

Treating Hair Loss: The "NEXT STEP" is not a guessing game

The Modern Treatment Hair Loss: Logical. Ordered. Structured.There are over 100 reasons for hair loss. Each of the causes has different treatment. In my mind, for every patient I see, there is one or two “best’ treatments, and then the third best treatment. If that treatment does not help, I have a next (fourth) treatment in mind. However, the choice of treatment is not random.Just like in a game of chess, there is logic to planning each phase of treatment. There is order. There is...


Scalp redness has many causes. Here, I briefly review the top 12 causes of scalp redness.1) Seborrheic dermatitis.Seborrheic dermatitis (SD) is an inflammatory condition of the scalp that affects about 3-5 % of adults. Males are more commonly affected than females. SD occurs on body sites where the skin is oily such as the scalp, eyebrows, sides of nose, eyelids and chest. Individuals with SD of the scalp develop red, flaky skin that is often itchy. The scales can be yellow, white or...

Hair regrowth after a transplant is quite varied

Hair regrowth is variableHair growth starts about 3 months after the surgery. But keep in mind it's highly variable - for some it's 2 months and some it's 5. But regrowth time also depends on the type of surgery. We see some delay in patients with scarring alopecias (cicatricial alopecia), compared to those with genetic hair loss. But overall, three months is a safe bet.

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Why has my transplanted hair started growing instead of shedding? Is that normal?

This is undoubtedly a good sign. Sometimes hairs don't always elongate after transplantation and simply "fall out"No study has ever been done but I do... READ MORE

How Long Does Minoxidil 5 Take to Work? (photo)

Minoxidil takes 4-6 months before an individual should assess whether or not it helps. Minoxidil is FDA approved for genetic hair loss - it does not... READ MORE

How Effective is Spironolactone for Female Hair Loss?

Current research suggests spironolactone helps 30% of women "improve" their hair density and helps 30% of women "prevent" further loss. Spironolactone... READ MORE

Propecia vs Minoxidil for women hair loss?

I have used both extensively and both have distinct benefits and distinct risks. Minoxidil is FDA approved for women with female androgenetic alopecia... READ MORE

One month after FUE what to expect? (photos)

It is critical to understand what normally happens during the weeks following a hair transplant. By doing so, you'll realize that what you are... READ MORE

Can I use revivogen after FUE hair transplant?

There would be no particular problem with using Revivogen post transplant but be sure to discuss with your hair transplant surgeon. READ MORE

How can I grow a beard fast? Vitamins, food, hormones?

Beard hair growth is influenced mainly by androgens (male type hormones such as testosterone, etc). There are no vitamins, foods, therapy that has... READ MORE

Why do doctors recommended using minoxidil (5%) for 6 months for newly transplanted hair?

Minoxidil is not necessary post transplant but helps the grafts come in sooner. Instead of seeing your results start around 4 months you might see it... READ MORE

Minoxidil Tablets & PRP Therapy

Minoxidil tablets are rarely used for hair loss nowadays. However "topical" minoxidil solution or foam is widely used. Studies show that minoxidil... READ MORE

Smoking and hair transplant?

Smoking can be detrimental to the outcome of hair transplants.There has yet to be any carefully conducted studies on outcomes in patients who smoke.... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Donovan

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD has shared 8 before and after pictures with 24 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Videos by Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD

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Learn About the ARTAS Robotic FUE Hair Transplant

Dr. Jeff Donovan discusses several unique aspects of the ARTAS robot in modern hair transplant practices. WATCH VIDEO

Is ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation Safe?

Dr. Jeff Donovan reveals why robotic FUE is generally considered quite safe. The device is FDA approved. WATCH VIDEO

Learn About the Causes of Chronic Hair Shedding in Women and Treatment Options

Dr. Jeff Donovan explains the hair shedding condition known as chronic telogen effluvium or CTE and discusses why treatment is challenging. WATCH VIDEO

Understanding Central Hair Loss in Black Women — The Doctor Explains

Dr. Jeff Donovan explains how he consider scarring alopecia as the main diagnosis in black women with hair loss in the center of the scalp, particularly the condition known as central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia or CCCA. WATCH VIDEO

Smoking and Hair Transplants: What You Need to Know

Dr. Jeff Donovan discusses the negative impact smoking has on a hair transplant and why all patients are encouraged to stop prior to surgery WATCH VIDEO

Loss of a Graft After a Hair Transplant — What You Should Do

Dr. Jeff Donovan discusses why loss of a graft is usually not a major concern in the days following a transplant WATCH VIDEO

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