Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Perhaps, the most fulfilling matter that one can do not only as an individual but more so as a professional would be to live for others and do something worthwhile with one’s skills. One of those people is plastic surgeon Dr. Laurence Loh who found his calling to help out children with facial deformities by supporting Operation Smile—an international non-profit organization that aims to heal children’s smile by providing safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities.

Dr. Laurence Loh made a name for himself as a successful and trusted surgeon in the fields of aesthetic and plastic surgery. A medical professional with a heart of gold, he’s putting his skills into good use as he helps put back the smile and confidence in the lives of children afflicted with cleft palate, cleft lip and other facial deformities.

The Operation Smile beneficiaries will be truly in good hands as Loh is one of the few accredited plastic surgeons here in the Philippines and is currently a member of the prestigious Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Inc. (PAPRAS), a national association of plastic surgeons, where he is currently serving as national secretary. A graduate of UP College of Medicine with a fellowship in craniofacial and microvascular surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School-Norfolk, he has operated in more than 200 cleft lip and palate missions both locally and internationally.

 Dr. Lawrence Loh

His wealth of experience includes being chief of Plastic Surgery section of Jose Reyes Medical Center as well as being assistant chief of the Plastic Surgery department of the highly regarded medical institution of St. Luke’s Medical Center. He was also a training officer in plastic surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and a board examiner at Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery. His international affiliations include memberships in the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and Oriental Society of Plastic Surgeons.

As an expert in the field, he has conducted various lectures in plastic and reconstructive surgery in both local and international conferences. Highly esteemed by his colleagues, Dr. Loh remains a doctor with a heart for volunteerism.  Dr. Loh donates his time and effort as he performs surgeries on children in medical missions conducted by Operation Smile.

“Life is just more meaningful when God-given abilities and the skills you’ve developed are put into good use. I have a particular sense of advocacy for the kids of Operation Smile because it only takes over 20 minutes to perform a surgery that would change their lives. I intend to give back,” Dr. Loh shares.

Dr. Loh is currently shuttling between his advocacy, medical duties and private practice at his newly-opened Lips Institute of Plastic Surgery (LIPS) clinic in Quezon City.

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