Baystate Surgeon’s Saving Sight wins prestigious book awards

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LONGMEADOW – In 2013, Irie Books published Dr. Andrew Lam’s book Saving Sight, which blends Lam’s experiences as an eye surgeon with the stories of ophthalmology’s greatest heroes. Dr. Lam is a retinal surgeon and resident of Longmeadow.
Since its release, Saving Sight has been an Amazon bestseller, and it recently won Honorable Mention Awards in the biography/autobiography category of two prestigious book competitions: the New England and London Book Festivals.
“I was surprised and thrilled that Saving Sight received this recognition,” Lam says. “It’s gratifying to know that the stories of these unsung medical heroes are resonating with readers.”
In his book, Lam profiles medical innovators whose inventions were ridiculed but ultimately saved the sight of millions around the world.
Saving Sight also offers an unflinching look at a surgeon’s approach to eye trauma, cataracts, LASIK, retinal detachments, macular degeneration and more. When asked what he thinks has made Saving Sight catch fire with the general public, Lam offers, “I think being honest about life as a surgeon has played an important role in the book’s success. I’ve been delighted to discover how much readers enjoy learning about what eye surgeons can do. And it’s been gratifying to receive letters and emails from readers as far away as Europe, Africa, and India – people who just want to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed the book.”
Lam is currently an Assistant Professor at Tufts School of Medicine, and an attending surgeon at Baystate Medical Center. This month he will be recognized at award ceremonies in Boston and at the British Library in London.
Learn more about Saving Sight, and Dr. Lam’s recently released WWII novel, Two Sons of China, at