Young S. Paik, MD was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor degree in Neuroscience. He then earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His interests outside of medicine include fishing, running, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
What is a “fellow”?
You have probably heard a physician described as being “board certified.” To become board certified, a physician must pass a series of rigorous oral and written tests about medical procedures and practices within his or her specialty.
In their pursuit of excellence, some plastic and reconstructive surgeons (some of whom are otolaryngologists) specialize even further by undertaking an additional year of “fellowship” training in facial plastic surgery. Fellowships are important because they provide opportunity to acquire highly-specialized training and experience in an increasingly complex profession.
Drs. LaFerriere and Kienstra are both fellowship-trained in facial plastic surgery. Over the years, Dr. LaFerriere has provided fellowship training in facial plastic surgery to 18 surgeons, and Dr. Kienstra is also a member of the faculty, In conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Drs. LaFerriere and Kienstra provide residency training in facial plastic surgery.