Dr. Sheryl Lewin, a Craniofacial trained Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has dedicated her career to ear reconstruction, specializing in Microtia ear surgery using the Medpor technique joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Sheryl Lewin discuss the following:
- As a doctor with expertise concerning aesthetic ear reconstruction and microtia, please tell our audience more about your specialty and the specific condition you treat.
- Prior to this interview airing, in fact on this very day (August 9th) you will be part of the Los Angeles Microtia Atresia Conference. Please share some of the key details about this event, including information about the attendees, both physicians and patients?
- You also have an organization devoted to Earicles? Who are these people, or, more precisely, what inspired this cause?
- As a surgeon, the specific technique you practice is quite pioneering. Please tell our listeners more about the procedure and its benefits.
- How do you envision your work on behalf of Earicles expanding in the long-term?
- Share with us information about how people can support or get more involved with helping the microtia community.
Sheryl Lewin, MD, is a Craniofacial trained, board certified Plastic Surgeon who has devoted her career to ear reconstruction. She has performed over 800 surgeries for children with microtia. Dr. Lewin’s creative and artistic skills have enabled her to develop surgical advances in Medpor ear reconstruction that reduce scarring, improve visual outcomes, and eliminate skin grafts from other parts of the body through tissue expansion (read more).
Dr. Lewin initially planned a career in the Fine Arts. She then focused on the study of architecture, a profession that combined her strong interest and talent in art, sculpture, design, and science. She received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. During her studies, Dr. Lewin founded a student volunteer organization called CalCare to help disadvantaged children in the Berkeley community. Her involvement in CalCare led to a turning point in Dr. Lewin’s career goal: she decided to transition into the field of Medicine, where her combination of skills could change the lives of children in a significant way.
Dr. Lewin went on to attend Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was awarded a Medical Research Scholarship to pursue scientific research while completing medical school. Following Medical School, she entered a prestigious Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Southern California, one of very few residency positions at the time to combine both general and plastic surgery training. Dr. Lewin then completed advanced training with a focus on Microtia Reconstruction through a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). This fellowship was under the direction of her mentor, Dr. John Reinisch, the founder of Medpor Ear Reconstruction. After working together at CHLA for 3 years, Dr Lewin and Dr. Reinisch joined the Cedars Sinai Medical Group, where they continued their practice for an additional four years. While at Cedars Sinai, Dr. Lewin held the position of Associate Director of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, as well as Director of Microtia Reconstruction at CHLA.
Dr. Lewin established Aesthetic Ear Reconstruction in February of 2012 to provide her patients with the highest quality of care through a private practice dedicated to a comprehensive approach to treating microtia. This practice has allowed her to select a specialized team committed to meeting the highest standards of care. Dr. Lewin consults with each family to assess their unique needs and treatment options, and to provide services within their financial resources. She maintains her affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as voluntary Clinical Faculty, teaching and mentoring residents.
Dr. Lewin lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband, John, her two children, Geoff and Kaci and their two Basset Hounds. She enjoys spending her free time rollerblading on the beach with her daughter and attending her son’s baseball games as well as her newest hobby, paddle boarding.