Meet a Specialist: Allen C. Lam, M.D.
Dr. Allen Lam became interested in medicine looking up to his father, who is also a physician. Dr. Lam obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. When he entered medical school, Dr. Lam was open to learning about all the different fields of medicine. During his otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat or ENT) rotation, he was immediately hooked. He says, “The draw of ENT is that it covers the very intricate area of the head and neck. ENT involves complex, dense anatomy which makes it very detailed and fascinating. The diversity of ear, sinus, throat, and voice problems allows for a huge range of opportunities to help patients.”
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Lam completed an intern year in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and residency training in otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. He joined the Mass. Eye and Ear staff and is now based at Mass. Eye and Ear, Medford and Longwood. Dr. Lam sees both adult and pediatric patients with all types of ENT-related disorders.
Dr. Lam strives to provide excellent care for his patients and offer treatment plans that provide the best potential benefits. As a provider, he tries to be as minimally invasive as possible and offers many in-office procedures for conditions related to the sinuses, nasal-breathing and voice. Dr. Lam treats the full spectrum of adult and pediatric ENT conditions including sinus problems, chronic stuffy nose, ear or hearing problems, and voice/throat disorders.
Dr. Lam knows that patients come to see him with many ENT symptoms that, at face value, appear very similar. However, he also understands that upon closer inspection, each patient may have multiple factors impacting his or her symptoms and may have very different and unique conditions. He says, “Each patient requires an individualized treatment plan, whether that includes medical therapies, an office procedure, or more invasive surgery. No two people are exactly the same. It’s important to find out what works for each individual patient.”