Matthew Lin, MD

Gastrointestinal surgeon

Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin is a gastrointestinal surgeon in the Gastrointestinal Surgery Clinic who specializes in minimally invasive surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract to treat conditions of the bile ducts, esophagus, gallbladder, intestines and stomach. Lin is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Surgical Hospitalist Program at UCSF Medical Center.

Lin earned a medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine, followed by a general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship at UCSF in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, funded by the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships. In June, 2012, Lin presented the results of a study to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, which indicated that sleeve gastrectomy may be performed safely in carefully selected morbidly obese patients with impending organ failure and that their significant weight loss may make them more suitable candidates for organ transplantation. The study was conducted by UCSF bariatric and transplant surgeons. It was the largest such study of its kind to date. Lin has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is an assistant professor of surgery at UCSF.


Gastrointestinal Surgery at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0388
Phone: (415) 353-2161
Fax: (415) 353-2505

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Associate Professor

More about Matthew Lin


University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine 2005


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, General Surgery 2011


UCSF Medical Center, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery 2012

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Alba DL, Farooq JA, Lin MYC, Schafer AL, Shepherd J, Koliwad SK. Subcutaneous Fat Fibrosis Links Obesity to Insulin Resistance in Chinese-Americans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 May 28.
  2. Kumar SB, Hamilton BC, Wood SG, Rogers SJ, Carter JT, Lin MY. Is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy safer than laparoscopic gastric bypass? a comparison of 30-day complications using the MBSAQIP data registry. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Mar; 14(3):264-269.
  3. Luu HY, Bhangoo MS, Lin MYC. A Rare Cause of Small-Bowel Ischemia. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 153(1):81-82.

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