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Stephanie Lin


Vascular surgeon

Dr. Stephanie Lin is a vascular surgeon, a specialist in operating on the circulatory system. Her experience includes caring for patients with aneurysms (bulges in blood vessels) and arterial occlusive disease (in which vessel narrowing reduces blood flow) and performing hemodialysis access procedures (techniques to prepare a blood vessel to be the insertion point for dialysis) and embolotherapy (methods of blocking blood flow in a vessel to prevent hemorrhage). She is also committed to functional limb restoration (using reconstructive techniques to optimize outcomes in cases of damaged or poorly healed tissues), including for patients who have undergone amputation.

Using treatments based on research and experience, Lin tailors plans to achieve maximal, durable results for each patient. She is dedicated to educating her patients so they can participate comfortably in their own health care. In the practice of medicine and surgery, the cornerstones of her philosophy are collaboration, sincerity, preparation and precision.

Lin earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University. She completed a residency in general surgery at UCSF and a fellowship in vascular surgery at New York – Presbyterian Hospital, part of Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University. Prior to joining UCSF, she performed vascular surgery in community and county hospitals on the San Francisco Peninsula. Her experience includes quality assurance review and serving on committees on patient safety and quality care, physician wellness, and value management of supplies and equipment.

Lin has an interest in global health and health care equity for patients who are underserved or vulnerable; specifically, she is interested in the allocation of resources, care access, and safe delivery of care. Since 2008, she has participated in medical missions overseas, including to the Philippines, Guatemala, Peru and Uganda. She is a fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery and American College of Surgeons as well as a member of the Western Vascular Society. She has been honored as a Top Doctor by San Francisco Magazine and has been a Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine awardee.

In her free time, Lin enjoys scuba diving, reading and exploring new places.

  • Education

    Stanford University, MD, 1997

  • Residencies

    UCSF, General Surgery, 2004

  • Fellowships

    New York – Presbyterian, Vascular Surgery, 2006