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Eric Lin, MD

Plastic Surgery

Welcome to My Doctor Online. I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in your care and hope to make it easier for you to meet your health care needs. My colleagues and I have developed this website so you can e-mail me, check your lab results, refill prescriptions, access our many online programs or get information about a particular health topic that we have evaluated or written ourselves – any time it's convenient for you.

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Santa Rosa Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 707-566-5288

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Personal

Family and Friends

As a single mom with limited English-speaking skills, my mother supported 3 children as a seamstress in downtown Los Angeles. Despite various challenges, she made certain we had a wonderful childhood while achieving our best in school. She encouraged and supported all of us to pursue the highest education. She is very proud of my sister, who quit a promising career in Human Resources and earned a PhD in Psychology, and my brother, who obtained a master's degree and a law degree.

I was most fortunate to meet my wife in college. After we dated for 6 years, she gave up her aspiration of becoming an artist in Metropolitan Los Angeles and followed me to Seattle. She supported me in every way through the very vigorous 6 years of residency training. Most wonderful of all, she is the best mom to our son and daughter.

We enjoy running around with our mini golden doodle.

An interesting story about my family is that my father-in-law loves to fish. When my wife and I were dating, we joined him one day on the Redondo Beach pier in Southern California to try to impress him. One must understand that I have never caught a fish up to that point. Well, somehow the stars were aligned. We ended up with over 100 mackerels that day, and I established myself as a capable companion for his family.

Hobbies and Interests

My hobbies are travel, music, movies,  and tennis.

Recent adventures

The best trip I've taken was our honeymoon to Maui, where we did parasailing, snorkeled, and saw wild boars from a helicopter. It was a great break before driving along the coast from Southern California to Seattle for my surgical training.

I have been fortunate to travel to many places. There are so many favorites, including beaches in Taiwan, Canon Beach in Oregon, Monterey, Maui, and Wayfarer's Chapel in Palos Verdes. My favorite now remains our house in Santa Rosa, where we have beautiful surroundings, room to garden and room for kids to roam. It's a place I can relax and play.

I had an opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico for two weeks as part of Northwest Medical Teams International. We provided plastic surgery care for local residents. It was challenging to work in a limited space with limited resources for many residents who lined up daily, many of whom walked for days to see us. One truly appreciates how fortunate we are in the United States with modern care and facilities. I still remember vividly the huge smile on a mother's face after she was able to breastfeed her child who just had her cleft lip repaired. We rewarded ourselves nightly after each long day's work with fabulous local cuisine.

What I'm Reading and Browsing

Current readings are Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and  How the Mighty Fall. My favorite book or author is Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom.  Lord of the Rings was a great movie.


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