This is quite a shocking story for those who have followed hair loss forums in the past decade:
“Health authorities in Sydney are investigating whether patients of a hair replacement clinic have contracted hepatitis or HIV.”
“Look, we’re issuing alerts to patients specifically of Dr Angela Campbell’s clinic in Macquarie Street. Those patients that we’re concerned about would have had a hair transplant between December 2010 and February 2013.”
“Dr Campbell has been suspended from practice since 25 February 2013 by the Medical Council of NSW. “
Dr. Ray Woods and his sister Dr. Angela Campbell popularized the FUE non-strip method of hair transplants over a decade ago, in the process revolutionizing the global hair restoration business. The two surgeon Australian team, although extremely expensive and secretive, garnered global respect as a result of: their challenging the ubiquitous strip technique at the time; their creating a very original patients bill of rights document; and in general, their seeming very concerned for a patient insofar as limiting scalp trauma, ensuring proper hygiene and so on. Dr. Woods at one point was even against Propecia (largely considered to be safe per most medical studies) due to the potential for side effects, and was a major critic of newer FUE surgeons doing procedures such as armpit hair transfers to the scalp.
It seems like this infamous team split up several years ago. Nevertheless, it is shocking that the main and perhaps only partner that Dr. Woods ever had is accused of potentially causing hepatitis or HIV infections in her patients. This is such a basic violation of medical practices that it is hard to believe it can be true. Yet again showing that charging high prices does not indicate quality care, and being located in a developed country does not ensure safety. Hopefully all of this happened after Dr. Woods stopped working with Dr. Campbell, and even better would be if Dr. Campbell was acquitted.