Dr. Samuel Lin is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and holds appointments as an attending Plastic Surgeon with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at 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. Dr. Lin graduated from medical school in 1998 and has been practicing plastic surgery in the Boston area since 2007.
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 recognized only the American Board of Plastic Surgery as identifying board-certified plastic surgeons who practice in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Lin serves as Associate Program Director of the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program, and he is co-director of the Harvard Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship at BIDMC. He serves as an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the main journal for plastic surgery. Dr. Lin, his team, and his collaborators have regularly published scientific papers in the literature to further knowledge about plastic surgery and other topics. Dr. Lin is an active Board Member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Bright Pink Foundations.
Dr. Lin Plastic Surgeon 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 Surgeon 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 that is sent out to all Harvard faculty members, house officers, fellows, and students. Having built an impressive reputation over the years, Dr. Lin has also had his own Wikipedia page published which requires a rigorous approval process to be featured.
Dr. Lin co-directs an aesthetic fellowship that is sponsored by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).