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

Shih-Chun Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Specializes In: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years), Infants (up to 1 year)

Male  | Languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese

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Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Centers & Institutes


  • Neuroscience
  • Neurosurgery
  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital


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
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Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-6406


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


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. more

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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.

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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)


    • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Research & Publications +

    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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    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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