About Dr. Samuels

Dr. Lawrence SamuelsFor more than three decades, Dr. Lawrence Samuels has been transforming the lives of his patients through his passion and skill as a dermatologist.

Dr. Samuels has performed more than 2,500 hair transplant procedures since 1989, having been among the first to use the microscope to create follicular hair grafts for hair transplantation. He is committed to using the most advanced technology and techniques to ensure his patients get optimal results with a minimum of discomfort. To that end, Dr. Samuels is currently partnering with NewGen Restoration to be the first in St. Louis to offer the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Restoration System, the most advanced technology in the field of hair restoration surgery. Dr. Samuels performs his own consultations, which are free of charge.

Skin cancer is considered to be the most common form of cancer and the most curable. Dr. Samuels is highly skilled at performing Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery, the most accepted surgical technique to remove skin malignancies while causing minimal damage to surrounding healthy skin. Mohs’ surgery has the highest cure rate of existing treatments for skin cancer.

Approximately 30 to 50% of adults have varicose veins which are unsightly and may cause a variety of health problems. Dr. Samuels uses visually guided sclerotherapy to treat spider veins and the blue-green reticular veins just below the skin surface. This treatment improves the look and overall health of patients’ legs.

Dr. Samuels is also known for developing Rx Systems PF®, a unique line of cosmeceutical products for the face, body and hair. This innovative product line makes the science of skin care more accessible and affordable.  Rx Systems PF products are available at the Center for Advanced Skin Care … ask your esthetician for more details.

Some of Dr. Samuels career highlights include:


  • 1968-1972: B.A. in Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Graduated with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
  • 1972-1976: M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Received the James Henry Yalem Prize in Dermatology, Washington University Medical School. Member Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School Honor Society.
  • 1976-1977: Internship in Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1977-1980: Residency in Medicine – Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1979-1980: Chief Resident in Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.


  • 1979 – Present: Instructor in Department of Internal Medicine Division of Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1980 – Present: Chief of Dermatology, St. Luke’s, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1980 – Present: Board-certified as a fellow of the Academy of Dermatology
  • 1980 – Present: Physician’s Recognition Award
  • 1984 – 1986: Secretary/Treasurer of St. Louis Dermatologic Society
  • 1986 – 1988: Executive Secretary/Treasurer of St. Louis Dermatologic Society
  • 1988 – 1990: Vice–president of St. Louis Dermatologic Society
  • 1990 – 1992: President of St. Louis Dermatologic Society

Hospital Staff Appointments

  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Mercy Hospital


  • Society of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • St. Louis Dermatologic Society
  • Missouri Dermatologic Society
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Transplantation
  • American Society of Mohs Surgery


  • Samuels, Lawrence E. (1984). Cutaneous Allergy: Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Atopic Dermatitis. In Textbook Allergy: Theory and Practice (pp. 105-145). Grune & Stratton.
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Presentation for Advances in Clinical Allergy on Atopic Eczema and Contact Dermatitis, 1980 to 1987.
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Pediatric Grand Rounds, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Current Management of Cutaneous Infections, 1985.
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Grand Rounds, Androgenic Alopecia, Missouri Baptist Hospital, 1988.
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Course Director for Dermatology, St. Luke’s West Hospital,1982 to present. Course subjects: Introduction of Cutaneous Diagnosis, Skin Cancer, Benign tumors, Eczema, Psoriasis, Bullous Dermatoses, Cutaneous Skin Infections, Contact Dermatitis, Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases and Venereal Diseases
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Assistant Course Director for the Cutaneous Applications for the KTP Laser. Kansas City, Missouri, 1994.
  • Samuels, Lawrence E. – Presenter for International Hair Transplant Society. “The effect of glycolic shampoo & condition on scalp skin.” Vancouver, Canada, 2004.
  • Samuels, Lawrence, E. – Presenter at AAGL Society Meeting, “In-Office Cosmetic Procedures.” Las Vegas, Nevada.