As a boy, resident physician Dr. Mitchell Lyons sometimes thought about becoming an actor or an astronaut.
Lyons was a child actor in his hometown of Atlanta and thought it was cool to get paid for doing something fun. But the more he thought about it, the more he didn’t like the fact that as an actor he’d always be looking for his next job.
He went to space camp four times and enjoyed it, but came to realize astronauts weren’t rocketed into space all that often.
Besides, the way Lyons looked at it as he grew older, neither actors nor astronauts were in a profession that could directly transform lives the way a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Fernando Burstein could.
“He was my sister’s craniofacial surgeon,” said Lyons, now in his second year of a plastic surgery residency at the UNLV School of Medicine. “He was the director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that has changed so many children’s lives for the better. He changed the course of my life. I looked up to him and watched as he would talk to my parents about my sister’s