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Edward Lin, DO

Edward Lin, DO, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Program Director, Emory Endosurgery Unit for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Gastroesophageal Treatment Center and Esophageal Physiology Lab, The Emory Clinic

Surgical Director, Emory Bariatric Center





American Board of Surgery, National Board of Nutrition Support

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



While Dr. Lin was a young surgeon training in New York City in the 1990s, the field of laparoscopic surgery exploded. He realized that many of the operations performed in the abdomen (liver, stomach, pancreas, and colon) could be completed with smaller incisions, thereby speeding up recovery. Since that time, he has focused on developing ways to perform these same operations in as minimally invasive a manner as possible.

He was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform endoscopic plication for gastroesophageal reflux at Emory University Hospital Midtown in June 2004; directed the development of a single incision, laparoscopic technique for resection of colon cancer; and worked with Dr. Juan Sarmiento to develop unique techniques for laparoscopic-assisted formal liver resections, such as the performance of laparoscopic hepatectomy though incisions that are much smaller than those of a standard open procedure.

Dr. Lin has been the surgical director of the Emory Bariatric Center since 2006, and successfully led the center's accreditation process for its Emory University Hospital-Midtown location from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons (ACS BSCN) in 2007, 2011, and 2013. He travels academically teaching laparoscopic and endoscopy techniques, is an officially designated Lap Band proctor, mentors dozens of surgeons throughout the country, and is a leader in operations management related to surgical practice and delivery of patient care. He is an acknowledged expert in esophageal, stomach, bowel, and robotic surgery.


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