Sara Wasserbauer, M.D.

Dr. Sara Wasserbauer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and is currently located in the Bay Area, outside of San Francisco, in Walnut Creek, California.

She is a contributing editor to the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. Read her archived articles.

She completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. in Classical Archeology and minors in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at the prestigious Dartmouth College. She then went on to earn her medical degree from the renowned Medical College of Ohio where she was designated Class Leader. After finishing her training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Wasserbauer discovered she had a natural aptitude and eye for aesthetic surgery. Growing up in a family that experienced severe hair loss in both the men AND women, she found herself drawn to hair restoration and the dramatic change it could have on one’s appearance.

With the technological advancements in hair restoration surgery over the past 10 years she saw the potential of natural follicular unit hair restoration surgery to transform a person’s outward appearance and inner self esteem. She states, “Hair loss can have debilitating effects on an individual’s self image, impacting all facets of their lives from social to professional.”  Dr. Wasserbauer felt that with her surgical skills, training and natural empathy she could make a true difference in her patient’s lives.

To fulfill her ambition and satisfy her drive for aesthetic perfection she proceeded to train with some of the world’s leading hair restoration surgeons. She completed the only accredited fellowship in Hair Transplantation Surgery in the United States, working with a national team of Hair Restoration Surgeons to refine her craft and better understand the subtleties of the procedure and medical treatment options available. She next studied under one of the most highly published hair restoration surgeons in the country and a leading pioneer of follicular unit hair restoration surgery, the accepted “Gold Standard” of hair restoration surgery.

Dr. Wasserbauer believes in a holistic approach to treating her patient’s. “I want to understand their cosmetic goals and create very customized treatment plans that will accomplish their objectives and fit their lifestyle. Today we have more treatment options available, both medical and surgical, to treat the hair loss patient than ever before. There is no reason to treat patients with a cookie cutter, one size fits all approach.”

With her comprehensive background Dr. Wasserbauer is considered one of the best hair transplant surgeons in the San Francisco area.


  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • California Medical Society
  • Solano County Medical Society

Presentations & Publications

  • Posters
    • Takayasu’s Arteritis Mimiking Pulmonary Embolism
    • 2003 Colorado ACP Associates’ Scientific Meeting
  • Presentations:
    • The Psychology of Women’s Hair Loss
      Live Surgery Workshop 2005, Orlando
    • Excellent Patient Communication: From Cancer to Cancellations
      April 2003 ACP National Meeting
    • Fundraising and Member Recruitment: Strategies that Work
      April 2002 ACP National Meeting – Panel Discussant
    • June 2002 AMA Annual Meeting – Resident & Fellows Section
  • Publications (pending):
    • Hydrogen Peroxide and Wound Healing:
      A Theoretical and Practical Review for Hair Transplant Surgeons
      Sara Wasserbauer, MD ; Ron Chao, M.D.

Activities & Leadership

  • American Medical Association
  • ACP Delegation, Alternate Delegate ‘02-’03
  • Resident and Fellow
  • ACP Delegate, A-02, I-02
  • Colorado State Chair ‘01-’04
  • Medical Student
  • MSS Governing Council ‘00-’01
  • Colorado Medical Society(CMS)
  • State Alternate Delegate
  • AMPAC -Member since ‘97
  • American College of Physicians(ACP)
  • Nat’l Council of Associates – Western Zone Rep ‘01-’04
  • Exempla Saint Joseph’s Hospital
  • Resident Staff Council ‘01-’04
  • Hospital Ethics Committee ‘01-’04
  • The Young Fund of the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Founding Board Member ‘02
  • Vice-Chair ‘02-’04

Conference Experience

  • All AMA National, Annual, Interim and Leadership
  • Conferences (except I-01, L’02) ’97-’04
  • All ACP Chapter and National Conferences  ‘97-’03
  • All CMS State and Local Conferences ‘01-’03

Awards & Honors

  • AMA National Leadership Award, ‘03
  • Outstanding Woman Leader, MCO  ‘01
  • AMA National Membership Recruitment Award ‘98-’99
  • Student Leader of the Year ‘98-’99
  • New Student Leader of the Year ‘97-’98
  • Rotary Scholarship National Finalist ‘98-’99