Meet a Specialist: Yuna C. Larrabee, M.D.
Dr. Yuna Larrabee at Mass. Eye and Ear grew up loving science and art. She always knew that she wanted to apply those interests to help people and positively influence them on an individual level. Having always enjoyed working with her hands, Dr. Larrabee gravitated to a career in surgery. Her specific interest in otolaryngology was confirmed during her time at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she earned her medical degree.
During medical school, she was involved with research on the genetics of children who were born with cleft lip and palate disorders. Outside of the lab, she did fundraising for an organization called Smile Train. During her otolaryngology residency, she decided to specialize in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, which combines her interests in art, problem solving, and surgery. She notes that her attention to detail and patience are great assets in the operating room.
During her fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan, she visited Guatemala through a trip organized by Medical Missions for Children. During this medical mission trip, Dr. Larrabee focused primarily on children with microtia (a condition where a patient is born without an ear). She noted that seeing the patients’ transformation after surgery was incredible. “At the first visit, many patients suffer from self-consciousness and wear their hair long to cover the ear area," Dr. Larrabee says. "After surgery, it’s amazing to see the surge in self-confidence in children coming back happy with short hairstyles to show off their new ears. Hearing how a child’s surgery can positively change the entire family is incredible. I love being able to help people with the skills I’ve learned.”
As a board-certified otolaryngologist, specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, Quincy and Mass. Eye and Ear, East Bridgewater, Dr. Larrabee provides highly specialized care for patients suffering from cosmetic or reconstructive needs of the head and neck. Her clinical interests include rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose), otoplasty (the setting back of protruding ears), neck lifts, brow lifts, face lifts, Botox, fillers, scar revisions (including keloids), and reconstruction after skin cancer excisions such as Mohs surgery.
As a new physician at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Larrabee is excited to build a patient base in the Boston area and to spend time with patients. She hopes to provide her expertise in reconstructive surgery to patients in need of complex closures after Mohs surgery. In terms of her cosmetic practice, her aesthetic is a natural, rejuvenated look, focusing on the individual goals of each of her patients.
Dr. Larrabee stresses the importance of trust that a patient needs when speaking with a physician. “My ambition is to create an environment where patients feel comfortable telling me what their issues are, so that I can not only come up with the right diagnoses, but also provide education on their condition and what they should expect in the future. I believe that establishing a strong doctor-patient relationship is a top priority and that involving patients in their treatment leads to the best outcomes.”
Contact Dr. Larrabee’s Quincy office at 617-774-1717 or her East Bridgewater office at 508-378-2059.
View Dr. Larrabee’s online bio for more information.
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