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Sandra Lin, M.D.
Sandra Yi-Sheng Lin, M.D.
4.7 out of 5
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Expertise: Allergic Diseases, Allergic Rhinitis, Allergy and Immunology, Head and Neck Surgery, Immunotherapy, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sinus Problems, Sinusitis, Sinusitis and Nasal Polyposis, Sublingual Immunotherapy ...read more
Research Interests: sinusitis and allergic rhinits; Pediatric sleep apnea
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601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
10751 Falls Road
Falls Concourse Suite 408
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Dr. Sandra Lin is a board-certified otolaryngologist, focusing on allergy and rhinology (sinus) issues in both adults and children. She is a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, whose research interests include pediatric sleep apnea and sinusitis. She is one of the leaders in the United States in the field of sublingual immunotherapy.
- Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Departments / Divisions
- Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Rhinology and Sinus
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1994)
- Medical College of Wisconsin / Otolaryngology (1999)
- American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery / Otolaryngology-General (2001)
Research & Publications
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Lin SY, Reh DD, Clipp S, Irani L, Navas-Acien A. Allergic rhinitis and secondhand tobacco smoke: a population-based study. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2011 Mar/April; 25(2): e66-e71(6).
Melvin TN, Lane AP, Nguyen M, Lin SY. Allergic rhinitis is associated with decreased expression of toll-like receptor 9 by sinonsasal epithelial cells. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2011 May 142(5): 659-664.
Ishman SL, Smith DF, Benke JR, Nguyen MT, Lin SY. The prevalence of sleepiness and the risk of sleep disordered breathing in children with positive allergy testing. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2011 Dec 7. doi: 10.1002/alr.20104. [Epub ahead of print].
Gilbert KC, Sundareshan V, Bass RM, Lin SY. Antibacterial properties of additives used in injection immunotherapy. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2011 Dec 7. doi: 10.1002/alr.20105. [Epub ahead of print].
Lin SY, Reh Dd. Navas-Acien A. Allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis and symptom severity: a population-based study. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012 Jan-Feb;2(1):51-6. doi: 10.1002/alr.20102. Epub 2011 Nov 8.
Seiberling K, Hiebert J, Nyirady J, Lin SY, Chang D. Cost of allergy immunotherapy: sublingual versus subcutaneous administration. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2012;2:46:460-4.
Ishman SI, Benke JR, Johnson K, Zur KB, Jacobs I, Deutsch E, Thorne M, Brown DJ, Lin SY, Bhatti, NI. Blinded evaluation of inter-rater reliability of an operative competency assessment tool for pediatric direct laryngoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Sep 17:1-7.
Melvin TA, Lane AP, Nguyen MT, Lin SY. Sinonasal epithelial cells in cystic fibrosis have increased toll-like receptor-9 expression. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2013 Jan;27(1):30-3.
Lin SY, Melvin TA, Boss E, Ishman SI. The association between allergic rhinitis and sleep-disordered breathing in children: a systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jan 10. Doi:10.1002/alr.21123.[Epub ahead of print].
Tykes A, Ishman SL, Baugher KM, Brown DJ, Lin SY, Tunkel DE, Unalp-Arida-A, Huisman TA. Does microtia predict severity of temporal bone CT abnormalities in children with persistent conductive hearing loss? Neuroradiol. 2013 Feb 18. Pii:S0150-986(12)00252-0. Doi: 10.1016/j.neurad.2012.10.002. [Epub ahead of print].
Benke JR, Ishman SI, Lin SY. Directed educational training improved coding and billing skills for residents. Int J Ped Otolaryngol. 2013 March;77(3):399-401.
Lin SY, Ishman SI, Gavney D, Cady-Reh J. Use of Lean Sigma principles in a tertiary care otolaryngology clinic to improve efficiency. Laryngoscope. 2013Mar 25.doi:10.1002/lary.24110[Epub ahead of print]. (Triologic thesis)
Lin SY, Laeeq K, Malik A, Diza Voss Varela DA, Rhee JS, Pillsburh HC, Bhatti NI. Otolaryngology training programs: resident and faculty perceptions of the mentorship experience. Laryngoscope. 2013 Mar 11.doi: 10.1002/lary.24043.[Epub ahead of print].
Lin SY, Erekosima N, Kim JM, Ramanathan M, Suarez-Ceurvo C, Chelladurai Y, Ward K, Segal JB. Sublingual immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma: a systematic review. JAMA. 2013;309(12):1278-1288.
Lin SY, Erekosima N, Suarez-Cuervo C, Ramanathan M, Kim JM, Ward D, Chelladurai Y, Segal JB. Allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and/or asthma: Comparative Effectiveness Review. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 111. (Prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10061-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 13-EHC061-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. March 27, 2013. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.
Kim JM, Lin SY, Suarez-Cuervo C, Chelladurai Y, Ramanathan M, Segal JB, Erekosima N. Allergen-specific immunotherapy for pediatric asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2013 June;131(6):1155-67.
Chelladurai Y, Suarez-Cuervo C, Erekosima N, Kim JM, Ramanathan M, Segal JB, Lin SY. Effectiveness of subcutaneous versus sublingual immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma: a systematic review. JACI In Practice. Epub ahead of print. 2013June6: 10.1016/j.jaip.2013.04.005
Erekosima N, Suarez-Cuervo C, Ramanathan M, Kim JM, Chelladurai Y, Segal JB, Lin SY. Effectiveness of subcutaneous immunotherapy for allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma: a systematic review. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jul 6. Doi:10.1002/lary.24295. [Epub ahead of print]
Liang J, Higgins TS, Ishman SL, Boss EF, Benke JR, Lin SY. Surgical management of chronic rhinosinusitis in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Oct;3(10):814-22.
Mener DJ, Lin SY, Ishman SI, Boss EF. Treatment and outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in children with primary ciliary dyskinesia: Where is the evidence? A qualitative systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Oct 4. doi: 10.1002/alr.21227. [Epub ahead of print]
Laeeq K, Lin SY, Diaz D, Lane AP, Reh DP, Bhatti NI. Achievement of competency in endoscopic sinus surgery of otolaryngology residents. Laryngoscope. 2013 Oct.doi:10.1002/lary.23509. [Epub ahead of print]
Liang J, Higgins TS, Ishman SL, Boss EF, Benke JR, Lin SY. Medical management of chronic rhinosinusitis in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review. Laryngoscope. 2013 Nov 7. doi: 10.1002/lary.24503. [Epub ahead of print].
Hur K, Liang J, Lin SY. The role of secondhand smoke in sinusitis: A Systematic Review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Jan;4(1):22-8. doi: 10.1002/alr.21232. Epub 2013 Oct 7.
Hur K, Liang J, Lin SY. The role of secondhand smoke in allergic rhinits: A Systematic Review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Feb;4(2):110-6. doi: 10.1002/alr.21246. Epub 2013 Nov 4.
Nieman CL, Navas-Acien, Lin SY, Reh DD. Physisian Inquiry of Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients: A Population-Based Case Control Study. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Feb;4(2):117-23. doi: 10.1002/alr.21251. Epub 2013 Dec 16.
Bailey SE, Franzese CB, Lin SY. Allergy education in Otolaryngology Residency: A survey of Program Directors and Residents. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Feb;4(2):104-9. doi: 10.1002/alr.21256. Epub 2013 Dec 5.
Ryan MW, Marple BF, Leatherman B, Mims JW, Fornadley J, Veling M, Lin SY. Current practice treands in allergy: results of a United States survey of otolaryngologists, allergist-immunologists, and primary care physicians. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Aug 5. doi: 10.1002/alr.21359. [Epub ahead of print]
Videos & Media
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for Allergy Treatment
Sinus Surgery and Sublinqual Immunotherapy - Dan's Story
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
Plagued with Allergies? Here are a few fixes for your itchiness and sneeziness. washingtonpost.com (10/07/2018)
How to Get Rid of Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Shape (9/11/17)
Spring Allergy Season Started Early, Getting Worse CBS News (4/7/2017)
10 Strategies for a Happier Allergy Season, Real Simple (4/22/16)
Ask the Expert - Dr. Lin answers frequently asked questions on environmental allergies.
Recorded Online Seminar: Latest Antidotes for Nasal Allergy Woes (September 2015)
Sneezy, Itchy, Swollen, Wheezing—5 New Ways to Beat Allergies, Yahoo Finance (05/26/2015)
Asthma, allergies and the new hope of immunotherapy, Baltimore Sun (04/30/2015)
First step on allergies: Clean up the indoor atmosphere, Baltimore Sun (04/24/2015)
Spring allergies get new treatment guidelines, CBS News (04/13/2015)
New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies, US News & World Report (02/02/2015)
Acupuncture May Help With Nasal Allergies, NPR (02/02/2015)
Allergen drops can be alternative to shots, drugs, Hopkins report says, Baltimore Sun (03/28/2013)
Analysis: Allergy drops a good alternative to shots, USA Today (03/27/2013)
Oral Allergy Treatment May Ease Asthma, Hay Fever, Study Finds, HealthDay (03/26/2013)
Author Insights: Injection-free Immunotherapy May Be Helpful for Desensitizing Patients to Respiratory Allergens, News@JAMA (03/26/2013)
Healthcare Professional Presentation: New Allergic Rhinitis Practice Guidelines