You could say that Dr. Anthony Mollura has an artist's eyes and a surgeon's hands. Perhaps this is because he was at the epicenter of the artistic world while studying medicine in Italy at the University of Rome. "What better place to study and appreciate art than Rome and Florence," stated Dr. Mollura, "The experience helped me develop a good artistic eye." His appreciation for balance, composition and aesthetics is an integral part of what makes him such a talented hair transplant surgeon.
Dr. Mollura attended the esteemed Wagner College in New York where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology. Following graduation from medical school at the University of Rome, Dr. Mollura spent one year in Beijing working in the impoverished areas of China with the United Nations World Food Program. He returned to the United States to complete his internship at Coney Island Hospital in New York, followed by his residency program affiliated with the School of Medicine at the State University of New York. He then set up a family practice while also working in the emergency department of Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Nassau County, New York.
Although Dr. Mollura had a successful family practice and enjoyed the intensity of the hospital ER, something was still missing. It was then that he met a colleague who practiced hair restoration surgery. "I was instantly attracted not only to the surgical aspect of the procedure but also the artistic aspect," said Dr. Mollura, "It combined what I was most interested in--Medicine, Surgery and Art." Realizing he was at a crossroads, he made the bold decision to close his family practice, leave the hospital and become a hair transplant surgeon. "This was a deciding point in my life. I had to make a choice that would affect not only my life but also my family's," he reflected, "but knowing how gratifying it would be to see the impact you could make in someone's life by restoring their hair, along with their confidence and self esteem, made the decision an easy one." After performing nearly 3,500 hair transplant procedures, he knows he has found his true calling.
For Dr. Mollura, the most rewarding aspect of being a hair transplant surgeon is seeing the difference he makes in his patients lives. "It's extremely rewarding when patients convey to me how grateful they are for changing their lives," smiled Dr. Mollura, "People who never left their home without a baseball cap suddenly take their hats off and see the sunshine." Then with a laugh he adds, "I've saved lives in the emergency room without even a thank you from the patient. I restore someone's hairline and the next thing I know, they're asking me to be the Godfather to their first born."
Dr. Anthony Mollura is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)