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I recently had the privilege of sitting down to interview Dr. Matthew Steele, and I must start by telling you that I was immediately impressed with his level of personability. What captivated me most about Dr. Steele wasn’t just his impressive gallery of before and after pictures of breast augmentations (and amazing reviews), but his heart behind family and medical missions to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Why Plastic Surgery?
I’ve always been curious why people choose the professions that they’re in, whether by chance or ambition. So before we dive in, I want to shed some light onto why Dr. Steele chose to become a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Steele loves being in the OR. His first residency was as an ENT (ear, nose and throat) where he performed head and neck surgeries—but also dealt with the internal medicine side of things, seeing patients more than actually performing surgeries.
After his mentor (who was also an Otolaryngologist and a Plastic Surgeon) introduced him to the world of plastic surgery, Dr. Steele knew then that this was the direction he was meant to go in. He discovered that through plastic surgery, he was able to have patient interaction and spend more time in the operating room with the added benefit of mostly seeing healthy patients.
Going to Honduras
Last year my husband and I took a cruise that went to Honduras, but we didn’t venture inland. The ocean front area was so beautiful, but you could definitely see the poverty that canvased the background. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and the city of San Pedro Sula is considered one of the most violent places in the world.
Anyone who electively goes into a dark corner of the world to shed some light is a hero in my book.
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Dr. Steele goes with a team through Interplast South to repair cleft lips and palates for children. He’s made 3 separate trips, and each time there are at least 100 families waiting to be cared for. Each week, they perform 40-50 surgeries! Those are some long days.
When I asked Dr.Steele about his favorite experience during those trips, he told me it was giving the child back to the parents and seeing how appreciative and happy they were. This warmed my heart. As a new mom myself, I can totally see this being a very special and rewarding moment.
Thank you again for taking time out of your day to inspire and energize us, Dr. Steele! You are doing an amazing work—in both your day-to-day and in Honduras!
Matthew H. Steele, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Steele grew up in Florida, and he knew at an early age that medicine was his calling. He went on to receive both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida, and was invited to help teach young plastic surgeons in training after completing his plastic surgery fellowship.
Dr. Steele enjoys many outdoor activities with his family: wife, Keri and his 3 children, Tyler, Bella, and Sam.