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Dr. Samuel Lin is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and holds appointments as an attending Plastic Surgeon at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Board certification is a rigorous process that serves as a primary indicator of a physician’s competency to practice in a medical specialty.  Maintenance of board certification also signifies that continuing medical education requirements are met, and that the practicing physician is up to date on the latest advancements in medicine.  For all physicians who train in the United States, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the gold standard for physician certification in the United States and has only 24 member boards – Dr. Lin is certified by 2 of those member boards of medicine, Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  The ABMS has only recognized the American Board of Plastic Surgery as recognizing board certified plastic surgeons.

Dr. Lin serves as the BIDMC residency site director of the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program, and he is the co-director of the Harvard Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Lin's Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Dr. Lin's Training

Dr. Lin received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University and was enrolled in the Honors Program for Medical Education at the prestigious Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.  He then completed a five-year-residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery followed by a three-year-residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  This was followed by a one year fellowship appointment in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the world-renowned University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  Throughout the course of his training, Dr. Lin gained state-of-the-art skills in a multitude of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures with his background in Head and Neck Surgery providing him with additional expertise in General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Lin's Research & Academics

Dr. Lin is active in both basic science and clinical research with a focus on nerve rehabilitation, rhinoplasty, breast reconstruction, and body contouring after weight loss along with general reconstruction.  He collaborates with engineers, scientists, and other plastic surgeons at other institutions within the New England area, nationally, and internationally.  Dr. Lin has published numerous articles and serves on the review boards of both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology peer reviewed journals.  He is the editor of several medical textbooks including Aesthetic Atlas of the Head and Neck, Atlas of Body Contouring Procedures, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pearls of Wisdom and Pearls of Wisdom Second Edition.  He was recently awarded the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) Academic Scholar Award.  Dr. Lin is committed to mentoring both medical students, residents, and fellows (national and international) who rotate in the Division of Plastic Surgery at BIDMC.  For his efforts, Dr. Lin was awarded the recipient of a “Mentoring Award,” by Harvard Medical School through a special nomination process which is sent out to all Harvard faculty members, house officers, fellows and students.

  • Aesthetic Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review: Second Edition
  • Atlas of Body Contouring After Weight Loss
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review