mEet Dr. Jeff Donovan


The Past.

Dr. Donovan is a US and Canadian board-certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in the treatment of hair loss. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2004.  His post-graduate clinical training in Dermatology and PhD studies in molecular biology were conducted at the University of Toronto.   

In addition to his Canadian and American board certifications, post-specialization training included: i) post-doctoral fellowship training in New York at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine ii) training in the Hair Loss Program at the University of California San Francisco under mentorship of world renowned hair dermatologist Dr. Vera Price and iii) training in hair transplantation under mentorship of preeminent dermatologist Dr. Walter Unger.

In 2010, Dr. Donovan joined the faculty at the University of Toronto to lead the program in Hair Transplantation and Hair Loss before ultimately establishing his private practices in Toronto and Vancouver. In addition to his private practices, Dr. Donovan leads the program in hair loss at Women's College Hospital. He continues to teach at the University of Toronto and lectures nationally and internationally on hair loss.  In 2013, Dr. Donovan co-founded Okavana Laboratories, a cosmetic company committed to developing better products for hair care and to developing new treatments for individuals affected by hair loss.  He is currently the President of the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports education and research in hair loss. 

Dr. Donovan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  He has authored and co-authored over 40 articles which are published in a variety of research journals and is the recipient of several national and international awards for his research and leadership. In 2016, Dr. Donovan was honoured with the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance "Dermatologist of the Year" Award.


The Present.

Dr. Donovan continues to be active in teaching and research. 

His teaching focuses on educating both medical professionals as well as the general public. Dr. Donovan teaches medical students, dermatology residents and fellows and conducts a week-long International Hair Course for Physicians. In addition to teaching physicians, Dr. Donovan enjoys teaching the public. He serves as a volunteer with several hair loss organizations, including the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CaNAAF) and the Canadian Association of Scarring Alopecias (CASA) and the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation. His work with these groups helps ensure accurate information about hair loss gets conveyed to the public. In addition, Dr. Donovan frequently answers questions for the public about hair loss through a variety of online forums. To date, he has provided over 2000 answers to questions about hair loss on the popular website In addition, Dr. Donovan's Instagram posts has gained widespread recognition as a educational and interactive medium for teaching the public about hair loss.  

Dr. Donovan is very active in hair loss research. His current research interests include hair loss in women, scarring alopecia, ethnic hair disorders, alopecia areata and hair transplantation. Dr. Donovan is on the editorial board of several medical and scientific journals, including the International Journal of Clinical Dermatology & Research, the Journal of Clinical and Investigative Dermatology, the Journal of Cosmetology and Trichology and the Journal of Dermatology & Skin Biology, Dermatology - Open Journal, and Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. His views and opinions on a variety of topics related to hair growth and hair loss are frequently cited in the media (click here to arrange interviews).



Awards & Distinctions

Dr. Donovan is the recipient of several national and international awards for his clinical work, research, leadership and teaching.  To view recent awards, click on the link: Awards & Distinctions. 


Professional Memberships

Dr. Donovan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  He is an active member of the following societies:

North American Hair Research Society 

International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery

Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Canadian Dermatology Association

American Academy of Dermatology

Skin of Color Society



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