IF YOU WANT TO FIND THIS SUR-
geon outside of work, look to the mountains.
An avid skier, Steven L. Shoen, M.D., 51, hits
the slopes with his family whenever he has
the time. The Long Island native was edu-
cated in the Bronx, N.Y.—first at Yeshiva
University, then in medical school at the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and then
in residencies in general surgery and plas-
tic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. He
also did a fellowship in hand surgery and
microsurgery at Boston’s Beth Israel Dea-
coness Medical Center. Dr. Shoen now lives
in East Brunswick with his wife, Judy, 46, a
speech therapist, and their three children,
Ezra, 18, David, 16, and Tamar, 13.
PLASTIC SURGERY AND HAND SURGERY SEEM VERY
DIFFERENT. WHY DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN BOTH?
Both involve solving diagnostic problems,
which interests me a lot. There’s a lot of
uncertainty, unlike with basic cosmetic sur-
gery. About 40 percent of my practice is
hand surgery, while 40 percent is plastic sur-
gery for cancer-related reconstruction of the
breasts, skin and face. Cosmetic plastic sur-
gery accounts for perhaps another 10 percent.
HOW DID A LONG ISLAND BOY GET INTO SKIING?
I’ve always loved the outdoors, and in high
school I’d take the Long Island Rail Road to
Penn Station and then take a bus up to the
closest ski resorts. I spent most of the first
day on my backside, but I loved it neverthe-
less. I’m still no Jean-Claude Killy, but I love
to get into the mountains.
HAVE YOU SKIED IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD?
During my internship I took a vacation to
Europe. A guide led us and we skied from
France to Switzerland, had lunch in Switzer-
land and skied back to France. It was wild.
Now, my family takes a vacation out West
every year, usually to Colorado, and I take a
few days in southern Vermont. My wife skied
a lot as a kid but doesn’t love it like I do. She
just humors me.
Steven L. Shoen, M.D.
Dr. Christian and
his family share
the cooking chores.
Steven L. Shoen, M.D.
BOTH PLASTIC SURGERY AND HAND SURGERY
INVOLVE SOLVING DIAGNOSTIC PROBLEMS,
WHICH INTERESTS ME A LOT.”
STEVEN L. SHOEN, M.D.
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