About Dr. Panagotacos

About Dr. Panagotacos2021-06-08T23:11:29+00:00

Meet the Doctor

For over 40 years Dr. Peter Panagotacos has specialized in both surgical and medical treatments for hair loss at his dermatology practice in San Francisco. He is well respected within the medical community for his technical skill, conservative treatment philosophy, and surgical artistry. He believes that nearly everyone, male and female, youthful and elderly, can do something about their hair loss.

Dr. Panagotacos obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1968. He completed his medical internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco in 1969, and his dermatology residency training at LSU Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He established his dermatology practice in 1974, after being a dermatologist as a major in the U.S. Army, with the distinction of being the last doctor drafted for the Vietnam War. He has been an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) for over 35 years. He is the head of dermatology at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, and has been running the section for 20 years. He is a national and international lecturer for hair transplantation.

Panagotacos Family

Dr. Panagotacos with his 3 children and 4 grandchildren

For over 30 years Dr Panagotacos has traveled the world as part of a select group of Dermatologic Surgeons that participate in the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery International Preceptorship Program, established through the Lawrence Field, MD International Dermatologic Surgery Education Exchange Fund and in cooperation with the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery. The groups primary goal is to enhance the exchange of information and body of knowledge of dermatologic surgerybetween the US and International community of dermatologic surgeons. In 1980, Dr. Panagotacos gave the first formal lecture on hair transplantion at Syngrou (Athens University Medical School), he regularly travels to Greece to teach and for pleasure.


Over 30 years of international teaching experience

Dr. Panagotacos is a San Franciscan, though he also maintains a private estate where Lykovouno Olive Oil is produced. This estate was started in 1985 on the slope of his ancestral village of Lykovouno with the help of his cousin, who still lives there. Over 3,500 Koroneiki trees were planted at that time. It was the doctor’s intention to produce the finest quality olive oil to be sold back home in the United States. Olive oil production began over 5000 years ago, on the Greek island of Crete. Olive trees thrive in the warm rocky hillsides of Greece. By 1500 BC olive oil was produced in the state of Lakonia in the valley of Sparta. Lykovouno (pronounced Lee-ko-voo-no) is an ancient village on the southeastern slope of this valley, an area renowned for its fine quality olive oil. Lykovouno means Wolf Mountain, a name given to this locality because wolves once roamed the hills. This village is still inhabited by the Panagotacos family who for generations tended the Koroneiki olive groves. Koroneiki olives are grown solely for olive oil production and not table olives.

The olives are hand picked, cold pressed, and hand bottled on the family estate. Lykovouno Olive Oil is pure Koroneiki olive oil, solely produced on this estate, not blended with other oils. It is unsurpassed for its exquisite and flavorful aroma, possesses excellent organoleptic qualities. It has a fresh fruit-of-the-olive taste and aroma with hints of fruit, pepper and grass.

The hard work and effort to produce a gourmet olive oil has resulted in State Fair awards, both in Lakonia, Greece and in the Los Angeles County Fair. Chemical analysis shows that Lykovouno olive oil has low acidity and high levels of antioxidants. This is why it has a long lasting shelf life.

Santorini House

Dr. P’s house at Akrotiri- once owned by Professor Spiridon Marinatos who discovered ancient Akrotiri – “Atlantis”-in the 60’s

He has also traveled to and has explored remote parts of central Africa five times, where he learned to hunt with the Efe Pygmies of Zaire. Dr. Panagotacos is presently working with the non-profit Pygmy Fund to help save the Pygmies from extinction. Dr. Panagotacos also has a historical home in Santorini, Greece.

Electric Automobile Conversion: Although not originally a fan of old British cars, Dr. Panagotacos now has the world’s largest collection of antique Triumph Mayflower automobiles, including a prize-winning Mayflower which he has converted from gasoline to electric power.

This article appeared in the April/May 1996 issue of British Car magazine text reprinted from Current Events magazine, courtesy of Clare Bell, Editor.

“Triumph’s cheeky little razor-edged saloon gets a new lease on life through one enthusiast’s obsession with keeping it on the road. With electric vehicles finally catching on with the public, this postwar classic could be a harbinger of things to come…”


Triumph Mayflower