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David Lin, MD PhD

Shih-Chun Lin, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Specializing In: Infants (up to 1 year), Children (1-11 years), Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years)

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Centers & Institutes

  • Cerebrovascular Center
  • Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center


Back and Neck, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Degenerative Spine Disease, Glioblastoma, Head Injury, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Nerve Compression, Neurological Disease, Neurosurgery, Ruptured Disc, Seizure Disorder, Spinal Tumors, Spine Surgery

Research Interests

Using the latest technology, such as optogenetics, to investigate mechanisms behind epilepsy control and glial cell reaction to pathologic conditions


Dr. David Lin offers general neurosurgical care to patients with brain or spine diseases. His clinical interests include neurosurgical treatment for primary and metastatic brain and spinal tumors, degenerative spinal disorders, trauma, cerebrovascular disease, and epilepsy,
using surgical techniques ranging from minimally invasive surgeries to complex spinal instrumentation.


  • English
  • Taiwanese
  • Mandarin

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2005)
    • National Taiwan University Medical School (Taipei) (1997)


    • Stanford University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (Stanford CA ) (2012)
    • National Taiwan University Hospital / Surgery (Taipei) (2000)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Through his research, Dr. Lin seeks to advance the field of neurosurgery by using the latest technology, such as optogenetics, to investigate mechanisms behind epilepsy control and glial cell reaction to pathologic conditions.

    Selected Publications


    1. Lin SC, Deisseroth K, Henderson JM, Optogenetics: background and concepts for neurosurgery. Neurosurgery 2011; 69(1):1-3.
    2. Witten IB*, Lin SC*, Brodsky M*, Diester I, Anikeeva P, Prakash R, Gradinaru V, Ramakrishnan C, Deisseroth KA, Cholinergic interneurons control local circuit activity and cocaine conditioning. Science 2010; 330(6011):1677-1681. (*Co-first authors)
    3. Lad SP, Li G, Lin SC, Henderson JM, Intracranial hypotension from intrathecal baclofen pump insertion. A case report and review of the literature. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2008; 86(2):75-79.
    4. Lin SC, Huck JH, Roberts JD, Macklin WB, Somogyi P, Bergles DE, Climbing fiber innervation of NG2-expressing glia in the mammalian cerebellum. Neuron 46(5):773-85 (2005).
    5. Lin SC, Bergles DE, Synaptic signaling between GABAergic interneurons and oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience 2004; 7(1):24-32.
    6. Lin SC, Bergles DE, Synaptic signaling between neurons and glia. Glia 2004; 47(3):290-8.
    7. Lin SC, Bergles DE, Physiological characteristics of NG2-expressing glial cells. Journal of Neurocytology 2002; 31(6-7):537-49.
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    Meet our Experts: Dr. David Lin

    Dr. Shih-Chun (David) Lin provides neurosurgery treatment of brain and spinal tumors, degenerative spinal disorders, cerebrovascular disease, and epilepsy. He practices in Bethesda and performs surgery at Suburban Hospital.

    The Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Program at Suburban Hospital

    Interview with neurosurgeons Dr. Quoc-Anh Thai and Dr. David Lin about the Johns Hopkins neurosurgery program at Suburban Hospital.

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    Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery
    4927 Auburn Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Phone: 301-896-6069
    Appointment Phone: 301-896-6069
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-6406
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    • Neurosurgery - Brain Tumor
    • Neurosurgery - Cerebrovascular
    • Neurosurgery - Spine

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