Part of our ‘They Chose OHSU’ blog series. They could have gone anywhere, and chose OHSU. These accomplished scientists, promising students and leading clinicians were convinced they could do their best work at OHSU. Here, according to each of them, is why.
Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of ophthalmology and a research scientist at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Her research focuses on the mechanics of ocular inflammation that can cause blindness and finding therapeutic agents that might prevent those conditions.
Lin earned her M.D. and Ph.D. in a combined program at the University of Illinois. She completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and diseases at Duke University. She is the first recipient of the OHSU School of Medicine's $100,000 Physician-Scientist Support award.
"What attracted me to OHSU was the strong research portfolio in combination with the collegial nature at the Casey Eye Institute. It was clear that David Wilson, Casey’s director and chair, was trying to expand Casey’s research program — and I wanted to join a growing research division.
“As I was entering medical school I was driven by wanting to help people through health care. Then it struck me that the life-saving and vision-saving treatments that we utilized in the field of medicine all came from the research lab.
“So I decided I wanted to be a medical doctor in this more traditional sense, with the basis of scientific discovery at the core. I think clinician-scientists are uniquely suited to formulate and test hypotheses most relevant to a medical condition. My patients remind me on a regular basis that we don't have everything figured out: that we don't understand certain diseases as well as we should.
“The questions we ask in my lab’s research are very much driven by my patients.”
"My ultimate goal is for one of our lab findings — and I think we’ve made several significant ones — to be transformed into a treatment that eventually benefits my patients."