Getting Personal: Q & A with Dr. Paul Lin

Welcome to our new Physician Spotlight Series on the SRM blog! We hope this series helps you get to know our physicians a little better. You’ll see they’re a pretty interesting group of people!

To kick off the series, we recently caught up with Dr. Lin and asked him a few questions.

SRM: Dr. Lin, where is your hometown?

Buffalo, New York. My father was a professor at SUNY-Buffalo when I was growing up.

SRM: Why did you decide to go to medical school?

I was a science geek in college. I liked chemistry and thought of going to graduate school in chemistry. But I liked the personal aspects of medicine and science and decided I would rather practice medicine than sit in a lab.

SRM: Why did you choose to specialize in Obstetrics/Gynecology and then subspecialize in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility?

I loved the happiness of being involved in the beginning of life. It’s the ability to create happiness that brought me to this.

SRM: What kind of work would you choose to do if you weren’t a physician?

Counseling. I would be a social work counselor – or a ski instructor.

Seattle reproductive surgeon Dr. Paul Lin skiing with family

SRM: What do you do to relax?

I like hanging out with my wife and kids, and I’m very physical. I like to ski and bike. I often bike to work three or four times a week when the weather’s nice. I also like watching stupid, mindless movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (with Steve Carell) and “Old School” (with Will Ferrell). I’m not a plot guy. I don’t need character development. I live in such an intense world at work, and I take work seriously. But I also feel there has to be a sense of humor. Amy Schumer cracks me up.

Seattle reproductive surgeon Dr. Paul Lin in bicycle race

Click here to learn more about Dr. Paul Lin.

March 8, 2016

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