Surgeon Episode 1Mark SmithMD, FACS

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In Part 1a of his interview, Dr. Smith talks about his journey to medicine and how he became interested in working with lymphedema and lipedema patients. He explains the value of proven treatments such as lymph sparing liposuction and compression, and discusses the need for more research into causes and treatments. Dr. Smith also shares his experience of traveling to Germany to meet with a group of the foremost lipedema surgeons, and how their views can contribute to establishing better treatment for lipedema patients in the US.

In Part 1b, Dr. Smith shares how he became interested in lipedema as a result of seeing patients with lymphedema who were often misdiagnosed, and talks about the need for physicians to understand the lymphatic system in order to offer more comprehensive care. Dr. Smith applauds the lipedema community for raising a voice that has moved research forward, and explains why uniting scientists from diverse fields to study lipedema is a necessary next step.

Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment, and Co-Director of the Lipedema Project.