|Dr. Lynn L. Huang (bottom right) with patient Kyanah Romo (bottom left) following a retinal exam, and Loma Linda University Medical Center staff (back from left) Rachel Catren and Ana Muñoz.
Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Lynn L. Huang
Lynn L. Huang, MD ‘07, took two years off during medical school to earn a master’s degree in public health, health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and she completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. After seven years on the East Coast, she has returned to Southern California, and she now is assistant professor of ophthalmology at Loma Linda University. Outside of her busy practice, she continues to pursue her passion for dance and travel.
My story begins in China, where I was born. From the time I was 12 years old, I saw the world through the lens of an immigrant from a divorced family. Difficulties can provide insights and inspiration. My goal to become a physician grew out of my desire to help people during their most vulnerable moments. I distinctly remember writing about it in my application essay to medical school.
Fast forward two decades, and the words I wrote in the essay ring true. Today, as an assistant professor of ophthalmology, I maintain a busy clinical practice while teaching in the residency and fellowship programs. I have the opportunity to serve an ethnically diverse population of patients from all walks of life. I also have traveled abroad to Honduras as part of a medical mission. Currently, I am involved with a number of clinical trials on novel therapeutic agents and treatments for retinal diseases.
Medicine is not an easy path, yet it is rewarding. As an ophthalmologist, I make decisions and perform procedures on a daily basis that have an impact on the vision of my patients. There is nothing comparable to the relationship between a physician and a patient, which stands firm despite major shifts in the political and healthcare systems. I am very fortunate and privileged to be where I am today.