More about Dr. Ledinh...
Q: What is your background and what led you to work in plastic surgery?
Answer: I grew up in Arlington, Va., but I was actually born in an Indonesian refugee camp. My family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when I was only a couple of months old.
I was high school valedictorian before attending the University of Virginia for my undergraduate studies. I then attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, which is where I met my wife, Brooke.
After medical school, we moved to Delaware for my general surgery training. We then moved to Cleveland, which is where we’ve lived for the last three years while I completed my Plastic Surgery Fellowship with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
I loved the idea that every day is different when you work in plastic surgery. I feel like I get to know the patients better, too, than when I trained in general surgery. I really enjoy building that relationship with patients.
There’s a creative aspect to it as well. It’s not a cookbook recipe. You can do the same procedure many different ways based on the patient’s desires and aesthetic goals.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: My wife is from Chambersburg and she has always talked about returning, to be closer to both of our families. We’ve been together for more than 10 years, so I’ve visited the area many times and have seen the growth in Chambersburg. Over my many visits, I have grown to love the area as well and became open to the idea of settling down here permanently. Having talked with my wife’s family and researching the area, I felt as though the community could use a plastic surgeon’s services such that patients would not have to be referred out of town to get care.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about plastic surgery?
Answer: Many people think of plastic surgery only as cosmetic, offering procedures such as face-lifts and breast augmentation. And while that’s a small part of it, it’s also about helping people with wound care, facial or hand fracture reconstruction, reconstruction after cancer surgery, and much more.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I’m really excited to be moving to my wife’s hometown in Franklin County and joining Summit Health. We are looking forward to becoming a part of this great community. I’m also excited to help build upon the breast cancer services at Summit Health. I hope to also provide other services for which patients would have previously had to travel out of town to obtain.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I like to play a lot of sports. Basketball is my favorite to play, but I’m a huge Washington Redskins football fan – I’m finally a season ticket holder, after having been on the waitlist for years. I also enjoy biking, traveling and photography. Some of my photos can be found on my Flickr account