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April 12, 2022

Faculty Voice: From fellow to forefront of vascular surgery

Judith C. Lin, M.D. is a professor at the Department of Surgery and the Chief of Vascular Surgery. This Faculty Voice was originally featured on the MSU Health Care website in honor of Doctor’s Day. 

Judith Lin

As a vascular surgeon, I see patients who mostly suffer from life-threatening conditions. These include aneurysms that can rupture, cirrhotic disease that can lead to strokes, deep vein thrombosis and other vascular or aortic blockages, etc.  

It’s great to see patients do well. Interacting with patients is fantastic and I find the human connection is so important to restoring patient health.  

I attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine and completed my General Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. I was also very fortunate to receive some of my medical training in Europe, thanks to a vascular surgery fellowship I received that allowed me to experience health care from a different perspective and learn about minimally invasive vascular surgery techniques in Duesseldorf, Germany. 

One of the great things about vascular surgery is that technology evolves so quickly. New stents and other equipment are always coming out, which makes it such an exciting field with lots of new ideas and innovation. 

In fact, on May 4th, I am hosting a national webinar, sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery, that will focus on some of the latest technologies in vascular surgery.  

I was recruited to Michigan State University two years ago to head the Division of Vascular Surgery and to help develop the program at the new McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, which opened in March. Now I am recruiting board certified vascular surgeons from around the country to develop a comprehensive vascular surgery program.  

I really want to build a remarkable team so patients in the greater Lansing area will have access to the best care in vascular surgery. 

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