Name: Monica Kieu, DO
Title: Facial Plastic Surgery Physician
School/Program: Western University of Health Sciences
Currently Wearing: The Merit P. Slim Fit Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
Medicine is not just my profession, it is who I am. I chose Facial Plastic Surgery in particular because:
- The face is so important! The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the face represents emotion, health, and youthfulness. I get such a sense of accomplishment helping my patients put their best face forward.
-Since facial anatomy is extremely complex and fragile, every case is challenging and exciting. I love that I get to use not only my technical skills but also an artistic eye to achieve harmony, proportion, and balance.
-Medicine is such an exciting field - there are always new techniques and technology emerging, and staying on top of the latest trends keeps me invigorated.
Current Passion Project:
I have been actively involved with Project Vietnam for over 20 years. It is a humanitarian program that offers life-changing cleft lip and palate surgeries to underserved populations in Vietnam. In addition, we provide health screenings, dental care, and training programs.
Who was/is your inspiration?
"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power". -Maya Angelou
This quote so accurately describes my mother, who is my daily inspiration. A force to be reckoned with, she came to the US as a refugee, supported herself as a seamstress, completed residency, and built a successful pediatric practice within our community, all while raising 3 very opinionated, independent daughters. Most importantly, she has instilled in us the importance of giving back to our community, both locally and globally.
Fun Fact 1:
I was a varsity cheerleader in high school!
Fun Fact 2:
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because I love going all out when dressing up in costume. Some years, I even dress up in 2 or 3 different costumes for different parties!
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Medical school can be very physically and mentally demanding, and you may want to throw yourself into your studies, but don't ever lose sight of who you are! Maintaining your own hobbies and relationships will keep you balanced and sane.
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