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James D Lin, MD, MS

Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

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About Me

Dr. James D. Lin is a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. 

Dr. Lin specializes in both minimally invasive and open surgical techniques to treat spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His clinical interests include adolescent and adult spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, revision surgery), cervical spine disease (disc herniation, myelopathy, OPLL), lumbar spinal pathologies, and spinal tumors. He has expertise in spinal deformity correction, cervical disc replacement, cervical laminoplasty, outpatient minimally invasive surgery, robotic spine surgery, and computer navigation assisted spine surgery.

Dr. Lin attended Stanford University and graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering.  He received his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center.  His residency at Columbia included training in pediatric spine deformity surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, adult spine surgery at The Spine Hospital, and orthopedic trauma at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.  Following residency, Dr. Lin remained at Columbia to complete advanced training in complex spine surgery at the Columbia University Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship and served as assistant attending physician and clinical instructor.  

Dr. Lin’s research interests include adult idiopathic scoliosis (AdIS), spinal instrumentation techniques, motion preserving surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. He has authored many peer reviewed papers, abstracts, and textbook chapters. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, and been recognized with the Whitecloud Award nomination at the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.

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Hospital Affiliations
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Mount Sinai Morningside
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Mount Sinai West