Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Lam was raised in Dallas and finished his secondary education at Cistercian Preparatory School, where he graduated as Valedictorian. He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University graduating with a Cum Laude distinction, and his medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he received the distinction from his peers of the Bobby R. Alford Award for outstanding achievement in head-and-neck surgery. He then trained for six years at Columbia University specializing in head-and-neck surgery. After completion of his residency, he pursued a competitive post-graduate fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in New York. He has also spent considerable time abroad studying under prominent Japanese and Korean surgeons to perfect his knowledge of the Asian face after his cosmetic surgery fellowship. His principal training has catered to the Caucasian face, which his first textbook, Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation: A Practical and Systematic Guide to Surgical Management of the Aging Face (Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2003/ ISBN: 0-7817-5093-8), addresses. Dr. Lam has spent almost twelve years of specialty training after college and is a dedicated specialist of the face. He is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology serving the specialty of Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. He is also a fellow member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, a fellow member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and a fellow member of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Lam has authored over 250 scientific papers and book chapters and has had many of his articles translated into French and Spanish (both of which he speaks). Dr. Lam’s articles have been published in every major plastic surgery journal, including Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery (now Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine), Facial Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery among many others. Dr. Lam has published on the full gamut of facial plastic surgery including fat transfer, browlifting, facelifting, eyelid rejuvenation, midfacelifting, chemical peeling, laser resurfacing, injectable fillers, Botox/MicroBotox/MesoBotox, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, hair restoration, ethnic eyelid and nose surgery, facial fracture repair, treatment of congenital malformations, and clinical digital photography. His interest in history, awakened when he was a European history major at Princeton University, has led him to publish many articles on the history and development of facial plastic surgery. He has also published numerous monographs on artists who have influenced his aesthetic perspective and encouraged his entry into painting and creation of his own art.
He has completed work on eight major textbooks, Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation (Lippincott, 2003), Cosmetic Surgery of the Asian Face (Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, 2005), Complementary Fat Grafting (Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2006), Simplified Facial Rejuvenation (Springer Verlag, New York, NY, 2007), and Hair Transplant 360, Volume 1 (2010), Volume 3 (2014), Volume 1 (2nd Edition, 2015), Volume 4 on FUE (2015) (all by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, Ltd., Dehli, India), and is in the process of working on the second edition of Volume 4 (2021). Cosmetic Surgery of the Asian Face was the first major textbook written on Asian facial plastic surgery in the English language with a book review advocating, “No surgeon should be performing Asian cosmetic facial procedures without reading this book and learning from this experienced surgeon.” Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation was the first major textbook on management of the aging face to include 2 DVDs with 17 separate operative procedures shown. Dr. Lam’s third textbook, Complementary Fat Grafting, revolutionized the way the aging face is perceived and managed. Up until then, all techniques for facial rejuvenation had been based on cutting away and removing tissue. Fat grafting involves restoring lost volume for sunken cheeks, eyes, and jawlines that occur during the aging process. Dr. Lam’s third book dedicated to fat grafting continues to sell well 15 years from its publication date. Dr. Lam’s hair transplant textbook series is one of a kind. There are no other multi-volume hair transplant textbook series that exists; the series contains the largest single volume hair transplant book ever published, and he has published the first book ever on follicular unit excision (FUE). Dr. Lam’s books have been top sellers and have consistently sold out at major scientific meetings and throughout the world, being translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Russian.
Dr. Lam is also the 2002 recipient of the John Orlando Roe Research Award for his work on skin rejuvenation presented to him by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation. Dr. Lam has been honored as the “Surgeon of the Month” for January/February 2009 in the Hair Transplant International Forum by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Dr. Lam has lectured over 250 times both nationally and internationally on numerous scientific topics and has been a course instructor for local, national, and international courses on the aging face and hair restoration as well as performed live surgical demonstrations on the latest, most advanced rejuvenation surgeries in front of hundreds of plastic surgeons. His international lectures have taken him as far as South America, Europe and to Asia. He lectures nationally and internationally throughout the entire year. He has organized as course director both national and international meetings for facial plastic surgery and for hair restoration. He has been course director for his own Hair Transplant course now for well over a decade and was the chairman for the Fall 2016 American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) meeting in Nashville, October 6-8, 2016.
He also has numerous surgeons fly to train under his tutelage from as far as Europe, Canada, and South America. Dr. Lam also has patients fly in for his services from across the world, including all parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. Patients fly in for his services almost every day of the week all year around.
He has served on the editorial board for the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery (now Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine) for many years now, has been a guest editor for Facial Plastic Surgery, is a reviewer for Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and is on multiple committees for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the chairman of the Multimedia Committee for the AAFPRS, which is a committee over multiple other committees. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief and head of the task force on the Academy’s consumer guide to facial plastic surgery, the Face Book. He has contributed his expertise in the design of the oral and written examination for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), of which he is a diplomate and an oral examiner. He also now serves on the Board of Directors for the ABFPRS. He has also assisted in the design of the written examination for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, of which he is a diplomate and oral examiner, has served as chair of multiple committees and is president for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery in 2021. He has also served as chair of multiple programs for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr. Lam is unique in the industry for his pioneering work in creating the 40,000 square-foot Willow Bend Wellness Center from the ground up. His goal was to create a “one-stop aesthetic and wellness boutique” where one could receive all the amenities of aesthetic and wellness services under one roof and on-site surgical services at the Lam Facial Plastic Surgery Center, which is Joint Commission accredited. Dr. Lam was also honored for his work in creating the Willow Bend Wellness Center as well as his innovative work in facial plastic surgery by his inclusion in the book, Medicine Men. Dr. Lam has been featured on CNN, CBS News, ABC News, ABC Good Morning Texas, Fox News, the Oxygen Channel, Telemundo, 33 News, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and in the local and national media on numerous occasions, including national radio broadcasts. Dr. Lam has also served as a plastic surgery consultant to Dr. Phil and to the Montel Williams Show.
He is an accomplished and published photographer and illustrator. He completed all of the illustrations for three of his medical textbooks along with many drawings for his scientific articles and book chapters. He enjoys painting during his free time and has on display over 150 of his original paintings in the new wellness center. He paints portraits, abstract, impressionist, and expressionist styles using all media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, color pencil, ink, graphite, and pastel. He has taken many underwater photographs and has dived across the world as a certified PADI divemaster. He has had his photography published in the Miami Herald. Dr. Lam also created all of the logo designs for his practice and most of the logos and graphic art for the building and his tenants. Dr. Lam has served on the board of directors for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and has been on their Advisory Council. He was the past Vice Chairman of the Columbia University Club of North Texas and has been a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).