Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Lisa Learn.
Hi Dr. Learn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I always knew I was destined to be in medicine in some form. As a child, I sustained a fairly severe laceration to my leg at 11 years of age and was so intrigued, I asked to watch my leg being sutured. Fortunately, I wasn’t squeamish. Once I started college, I was on track to go into nursing school and my sister-in-law, who was a nurse at the time, suggested medical school. I hadn’t really considered it until then but she assured me my bossy nature was perfect for the job. Once I started my surgical residency, I was immediately drawn to the creative nature of plastic surgery.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I gave birth to my daughter one week after medical school graduation. That first year of internship with a newborn was challenging but I was fortunate to have a great support system at home. When I mention to colleagues that my daughter was born between medical school and internship, they look at me as if I was crazy. But again, I was very grateful to have a wonderful support system. My daughter is now an ICU nurse. I was also very fortunate to have an excellent surgical residency. Women in surgery 20 years ago when I was in residency had an uphill battle and were frequently forced out of surgical residencies. My surgical mentors were outstanding and I experienced very little bias. I consider myself extremely lucky.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your practice?
My practice is located on the Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. I’m a board-certified plastic surgeon and I’ve been in practice for 20 years, the last nine years being in south Florida. I moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a warmer climate! I have a boutique plastic surgery practice where each patient is treated as a family member. I tell my patients that I would not recommend anything for them that I would not do for myself or a family member. I’m known for giving patients a natural appearance. They should look like a better version of themselves, not someone else. I also listen to my patients. Many of my patients who come to me for revision surgeries from other surgeons say they asked for one thing and received quite another. Being comfortable with your plastic surgeon and feeling like you’re heard is non-negotiable.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
It’s proven how impermanent everything is. You set goals to achieve, but in times like this, you have to adapt and find new goals. It makes me appreciate the variability in life. It’s given us time to reflect which I feel humanity desperately needed.
- Address: 3536 N. Federal Hwy Suite 100 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
- Website: www.DrLisaLearn.com
- Instagram: DrLearn