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David Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Shih-Chun Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Specializes In: Adults (18+ years)

Male  | Languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese

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Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

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Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery

Appointment Phone: 301-896-6069

4927 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814 map
Phone: 301-896-6069

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-6406


Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Degenerative Spine Disease, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Glioblastoma, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Skull Base Surgery, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors, Spine Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Research Interests

Optogenetics; investigate mechanisms behind epilepsy control; glial cell reaction to pathologic conditions


Dr. Shih-Chun (David) Lin offers neurosurgical care to patients with brain or spine diseases. His clinical expertise include endoscopic skull base surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine instrumentation, microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia, and MRI- and CT-guided surgical navigation. The diseases treated by Dr. Lin include brain tumors, spinal tumors, pituitary tumors, spinal stenosis, herniated intervertebral disc, skull base tumors, encephalocele, skull base CSF leak (rhinorrhea or otorrhea), and scoliosis. Dr. Lin is also part of Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Lin graduated first place from National Taiwan University College of Medicine, earning his M.D. at the age of 21, youngest in Taiwan’s history. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, awarded Phi Beta Kappa and Paul Ehrlich Research Award for both academic and research achievements. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center, where latest surgical technologies, such as endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, computer-guided surgical navigation, and stereotactic radiosurgery, were extensively applied. His research using optogenetics, from his fellowship at Stanford, was awarded by The Congress of Neurological Surgeons. more

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Meet our Experts: Dr. David Lin

Dr. Shih-Chun (David) Lin provides neurosurgical treatment of brain and spinal tumors, degenerative spinal disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, pituitary disease, and skull base tumors. He practices in Bethesda and performs surgery at Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • National Taiwan University Medical School / MD (1997)


    • National Taiwan University Hospital / Surgery (2000)
    • Stanford University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (2012)


    • Pending/Scheduled / Neurological Surgery

    Additional Training

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland)

  • 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.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Service Excellence Award, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Videos & Media +


    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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