Episode Recap:

Dr. Lam and I talked about

  • A day in the life of a retinal surgeon (1:27)
  • How he finds time to write with a full-time job and four kids (6:13)
  • His process for writing historical novels (8:17)
  • How a history major became an eye surgeon (15:08)
  • Why doctors don’t want their kids to become doctors (21:57)
  • The luxury of a liberal arts degree (23:44)
  • Balancing your dreams with practicality (30:19)

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Guest Bio:

Andrew Lam, M.D., is the award-winning author of three books. Born in Philadelphia and raised in central Illinois, he graduated summa cum laude in history from Yale University, where he studied military history and U.S.-East Asian relations. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by specialty training in ophthalmology and retina surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, a partner at New England Retina Consultants, and an attending surgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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