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Meet Dr. Samuel Lin, Plastic Surgeon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Samuel Lin.

Dr. Samuel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started off as a plastic surgeon fresh from training and ready to take care of patients. After I began practice I soon realized that I had a strong interest in making a greater change in the number of patients I could positively benefit and began working with scientists from several institutions (MIT, Tufts, and MGH) in the area. We are really lucky to be a part of such a thriving ecosystem, and to be just a small part of all the things going on is really fantastic. We have formed working groups that may eventually provide unique products and medical devices for the benefit of future patients, each of which is working on a separate question across patient care.

My daytime job is seeing and taking care of patients as a plastic surgeon. I take care of a variety of patients from breast cancer patients undergoing surgery who need breast reconstruction to patients who have difficulty breathing through their nose/want to change the way their nose looks. I am an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and also Associate Program Director of the Harvard Combined Residency Training Program, and so I have a strong component of teaching and education. I have a team of researchers who help answer broad patient care/clinical questions through scientific publications and in the basic science laboratory.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been smooth, and I can recall several times along the way where ego and selfishness exposed individuals as not being team players. I can recall one instance where I spent a year and a half (as a medical student) on a project. During this project I did all the ground work and initial experiments. The usual convention is that anyone working on a project becomes an author on the journal publication eventually. However, to my surprise I learned about the paper years later by chance while reading it in the journal! Although not ideal, I learned from this lesson and am sensitive to this aspect with my team members. Ultimately, these character traits surface, and really it is the team of individuals who all share similar goals that drives projects forward. It is really a team sport to answer broad clinical and basic science research questions from the beginning; this collaborative spirit then carries to then the formation of business entities which requires multiple components on the team.

In my clinical practice, my biggest challenges are in patients who I cannot help further. There have been amazing advances in medicine over many years; however, there are certain medical conditions that still remain a challenge for treatment.

Please tell us about Dr. Samuel Lin, Plastic Surgeon.
I am a practicing plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic/nose surgery (facelift, eyelift, necklift, functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty), breast surgery (breast augmentation, reconstruction after cancer, breast reduction, breast lift), and body (tummy tuck, liposuction).

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
On this Father’s day perhaps one of my best memories of childhood is about my dad, who is no longer with us today. He was always there for us and always gave us his time and energy wherever he could.

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