Real Medicine: UNC Spine Surgeon has Humble Beginning in Burma

Moe Lim, MD, is a spine surgeon in the UNC Department of Orthopaedics. This video is the first in a new UNC Health Care System series called, “Real Medicine: Stories that Connect.”

Real Medicine: UNC Spine Surgeon has Humble Beginning in Burma
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Dr. Moe Lim
Real Medicine: UNC Spine Surgeon has Humble Beginning in Burma
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Moe Lim, his wife Sora and their four children enjoy family time each night before the children head off to their rooms to read and get some sleep.

Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health  Care

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Moe Lim, MD, is a spine surgeon in the UNC Department of Orthopaedics. When you speak with him, you get a deep sense of gratitude for the job he has and the way he is able to serve the people of North Carolina.  That gratitude comes from hard-working parents who brought Lim and his siblings to the United States from Myanmar.  Like so many immigrants, his parents came with nothing but hopes and dreams for a new life. In fact, it took years to save up enough money to buy a ticket to get him, his father, and brothers to this country.  His mother and sisters arrived years later. 

From humble beginnings, Lim’s hard work and determination led him to eventually earn a scholarship to attend Harvard University where he graduated summa cum laude.  Now, with a family of his own, I asked Lim what are his hopes for them.  He explained that he wants his children to learn to take risks and to explore their potential. 

Lim carries the lessons of his past with him in the health-care setting.  It helps him to empathize with his patients, especially those who struggle to make the journey to see him for treatment and care. 

This video is the first in a new UNC Health Care System series called, “Real Medicine: Stories that Connect.”  Our hope is that Lim’s story will connect with you to see the world of real medicine in a new way- one you may not have known was there.

If you have a story to tell, whether you’re a doctor, nurse, researcher, staff, administrator or patient, we’d love to hear from you.  You may submit a story at:  http://uncmedne.ws/realmed

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