Dr. C. Carson Huynh, M.D., D.M.D
Atlanta Surgical Arts
Maxillofacial & Facial Plastic Surgery
At a tender age of 10 years old, Carson Huynh have witnessed the pain and suffering of refugees. He and his father escaped communist Vietnam by boat and landed in a U.N. refugee camp in Pulau Bidong, Malaysia.
After spending two years in Malaysia, both father and son were transfered to a resettlement camp near Manila, Philippines. “We were the lucky ones as we have an uncle who sponsored our applications to U.S. Our case was expedited and we didn’t have to wait too long,” explains Dr. Huynh. They finally arrived in Atlanta in 1986 and began to start a new life in this country.
“I do not speak a word of English when I arrived in America,” said Dr. Huynh. His curiosity and hunger for knowledge was evident when he quickly succeeds in adjusting to the new life in this country. He credits the extra attention given to him by school teachers. “My learning curve was steep as they were only three Asian students in the class at the time,” adds Dr. Huynh.
Huynh moves around with his father around metro Atlanta due to his work. He had spent time at Jolly Elementary, Sequoia Jr. High school and Cross Key High School by the time he graduated.
While in high school, Dr. Huynh has developed a strong interest in architectures. “I love to build things. I did well enough in drafting class in high school that I was accepted to Georgia Tech,” adds Dr. Huynh.
Nevertheless, his true passion was in biology. Huynh was enrolled as a biology major at Georgia State University. “GSU appeals to me at the time due to the diversity of its student population.”
Huynh found work as an assistant at a dentist practice while he attends classes at GSU. “I was inspired by the dentistry work and the mentorship by Dr. Earl McClendon,” said Dr. Huynh.
He enrolled in dentistry program at Medical College of Georgia in 1999. He later received his D.M.D. degree and graduated at the top of his class from the Medical College of Georgia and is one of the select few dual-doctorate degree surgeons in the country.
Following medical school, he completed a year of General Surgery residency with the Emory University Department of Surgery.
“I really enjoyed the surgical aspects of dentistry and wanted to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery,” explains Dr. Huynh.
As a young surgeon, he gained a solid broad foundation from training with the brightest specialists in disciplines of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery.
As an Emory physician, he provided inpatient care and managed complex surgical and medical patients at Emory University Hospital, Emory Midtown Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, The VA Medical Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
He then completed a more specialized residency in Maxillofacial Surgery at Emory, also respected as one of the top training programs in the country for this specialty.
During these years, Dr. Huynh’s training was devoted to reconstructive surgery of complex facial defects and traumatic injuries as well as surgical treatments of diseases and disorders affecting the face, head, and neck.
Dr. Huynh was recognized by his mentors and peers for his “gifted hands” in fine technical surgical skills.
Due to his excellent performance in surgery, he was selected for a prestigious and highly sought-after Facial Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Fellowship accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
During this extra year of advance specialized training, he studied and performed aesthetic plastic surgery techniques with a world-renowned surgeon and anatomist, Dr. T. William Evans – the inventor of the Multiplanar Multivector Facelift.
Dr. Huynh was chosen among more than 40 surgeons from around the world for this single fellowship position.
During fellowship, he also operated and trained with other specialists in related fields of Oculoplastic Surgery, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine, and Asian Cosmetic Surgery.
Fellowship training is the highest level of formal education achievable by a physician and is considered the gold standard in training a surgeon to reach the level of expertise in a given field.
“Every case is different in facial reconstructive surgery. You have to be creative and to address the problem from its foundation,” explains Dr. Huynh.
Dr. Huynh believes in patients being fully educated and receiving the highest quality of advice. “I tried to spent time with my patients and go over the risks involved with their surgery.”
He holds patient safety to the highest standards and is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), as well as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). He is also certified and licensed to administer general anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
As for advise to young Asian Americans pursuing medical or dentistry career, Dr. Huynh have several suggestions to share: develop good studying habit; have a mentor who can help guide towards a right path; have a balance in life; have a goal and be flexible with it and lastly, play a lot of sports.
“By having an open mind with your career goal, it will ‘open the door’ to opportunities that comes your way,” explains Dr. Huynh.
Dr. Huynh truly loves his work as a surgeon and is passionate about his work in rebuilding faces, renewing lives.
“I am proud that my work has an impact on someone’s appearance. Often times it is life changing experience that would greatly improve on self esteem and provide new hope.”
Dr. C. Carson Huynh List of Favorites:
Favorite type of music: Classical
Favorite place in Georgia: Pleasant Hill Road
Favorite place to visit in world: Paris
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite hobby: Tennis and music
Favorite restaurant: Shoya
Favorite movie/film: Spaceballs
Favorite charity: The Smile Train
Favorite website: Google