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

Shih-Chun Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Specializes in: Adults (18+ years)


Languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese

Expertise: Brain Metastases, Brain Tumors, Cervical Spine Disease, Endoscopic Brain Neurosurgery, Glioblastoma, Herniated Disc, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pituitary Tumors, Radiosurgery, Skull Base Surgery, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors, Trigeminal Neuralgia more

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

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Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery
Appointment Phone: 301-896-6069

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Bethesda, MD 20814 map
Phone: 301-896-6069

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Phone: 410-955-6406


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


  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, National Taiwan University Medical School (1997)


  • National Taiwan University Hospital / Surgery (2000)
  • Stanford University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (2017)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (2016)

Additional Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA),

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.

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.

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Surgeons Remove Brain Tumor with No Incision, New Directions, Spring 2016

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