Biography


Dr. Lin is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cornea specialist, focusing on the medical and surgical management of cornea conditions, as well as cataract surgery. He spearheads the cornea transplant program at Stanford University and has launched cutting edge surgical procedures including ultra-thin DSAEK, DMEK and DALK at Stanford. He leads clinical trials at Stanford focusing on cornea transplantation and ocular inflammation and infections. Dr. Lin sees patients at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 650-723-6995 and ask to speak with Ruby Huang.

Charles Lin, MD received his AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where he received his M.D. with honors. Following an internship in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Heed Fellowship, a prestigious national award for ophthalmologists entering a career in academic medicine. He received subspecialty Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery training at the F.I. Proctor Foundation and University of California, San Francisco, one of the premier fellowships in the country.

He has extensive clinical and surgical experience in the following diseases:
•Cataract including complex cataract surgery
•Fuchs’ Dystrophy
•Cornea edema
•Keratoconus & Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
•Herpetic keratitis
•Cornea ulcers
•Pterygium
•Episcleritis & scleritis
•Allergic, Vernal & Atopic keratoconjunctivitis
•Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
•Corneal Dystrophies
•Corneal & Conjunctival tumors
•Blepharitis & Dry Eye

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Internship: Cedars Sinai Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2008) CA
  • Fellowship: UCSF Cornea Fellowship (2012) CA
  • Residency: UCSF Ophthalmology Residency (2011) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (2007) CA
  • Board Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology (2012)
  • B.A., Harvard University, Environmental Science & Public Policy, summa cum laude (2001)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of California, San Francisco (2007)
  • Best Poster, UCSF Global Health Symposium (2004)
  • Dean's Study Abroad Grant, University of California, San Francisco (2003)
  • Editors' Choice, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2016)
  • Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship for Global Health, National Institutes of Health (2005)
  • Garcia/Asbury Award, University of California, San Francisco (2010)
  • Harvard-Yenching Fellowship, Harvard University (2001)
  • Heed Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2011-2012)
  • International Health Travel Grant, Rainer's Fund (2003)
  • Paul Langer Award, University of California, San Francisco (2011)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, Northern California Phi Beta Kappa (2006)
  • Thomas Hoopes Prize, Harvard University (2001)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director of Cornea Fellowship, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University (2016 - Present)
  • Operating Room Committee, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University (2016 - Present)

Publications

Clinical Trials

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Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.


Practice Locations


Corneal and External Eye Diseases Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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Byers Eye Institute Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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Cataracts and Intraocular Lenses Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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Patient Reviews

(211 reviews)

Dr. Lin is exceptionally excellent with unbelievable expertise in everything.
I feel so fortunate to be seen by Stanford doctors.
Aside from sometimes very long wait times (not the case today; Aug. 3), the staff and care is very good
Dr. Lin is a absolutely wonderful Doctor he really cares about his patients.
To all who need eye care always.
The doctors are wonderful
Absolutely recommend
Dr. Lin is exceptional
Of course...this is where I want to be
Absolutely-the best!
The doctors are thorough.
Excellent experience overall!
I was always very apprehensive and scared during eye appointments. Since seeing Dr Lin that has changed and I am comfortable during my visits. Thank you Dr Lin and staff
I had an extensive series of photos and scans done to monitor scarring and tinning of the cornea in my left eye. I was impressed with thoroughness of the procedures and the explanation provided by Doctor Lin during the exam. I can see Dr. Lin has a busy schedule but I never feel rushed during my exams with him. I'm very pleased with the care I'm receiving from the Byer Eye Institute.
very pleased with my doctor/provider.
Impressive patient care
Lin is the best
Excellent.
Good.
The Best Care
Very good experience.
Excellent!
Dr Charles Lin gave me my sight back after I had a cornea transplant. He is an amazing dr who cares about his patients, like me.
Very good.
Dr. Lin is extraordinary. I could not have a better doctor.
Dr. Lin has an excellent "bedside manner".
Dr. Charles Lin is awesome - fantastic he is so dedicated to my problems - He never gives on me - when I give up on myself. The staff are excellent and very caring professionals - the surgery staff are the best - GREAT.
I was not an easy patient as I had a hard time remembering to take the drops needed. They were very kind and that was a blessing for me.
Dr. Lin is excellent and totally wonderful . I again feel as I am his only patient and he is always smiling and very gentle with his explanation . please feel free to tell him or quote me should you need to .
Dr. Lin is the BEST!!
Dr. Lin is excellent!
Dr.Lin was wonderful. very personable. explained my problem and how to resolve it
I am answering this about Dr. Mekomnen and Dr. Lin. they attended to me, sometimes separately and sometimes during the same appointment as a team. I LOVE them both. They have different styles but both were absolutely listening, understanding my fears and frustrations and respecting my wishes. They both were great in explaining what might be a different direction or thought than I had and WHY they thought the direction would be to my benefit. They were both kind, concerned and I felt they really wanted to cure me.
Dr Lin and the junior doctor were both very through, attentive, professional, and exuded confidence. I trusted them.
Dr Lin is always pleasant and courteous. He always ask me if I have any questions and listens to my question or concerns.
Dr. Lin was very friendly, easy to talk to, asked questions about my case, and was obviously extremely knowledgeable.
Outstanding experience.
Good experience with Di. Lin, Dr. Mekonnen - kindness in answering my questions and concerns, great caution and care for my condition. I will absolutely recommend to others.
Dr. Lin was very kind and very thorough . felt like o was his favorite patient !!
Always good when a surgeon isn't pushing to operate
Dr. Lin was quick but efficient, answering all of my questions. Our time was short, but very adequate. Excellent care.
Dr Lin was the best eye surgeon.
Dr Lin was a kind and caring provider
Always excellent care from Dr. Lin
Dr. Lin explained my conditions clearly, and gave the impression of good communication with patient. I felt at ease with Dr. Lin, and felt that he was interested in helping me.
I never felt involved with the prescribed next steps. I don't feel it was necessary for my condition. But it was more I describe symptoms, they look at my eyes and ask some questions, and they prescribe medicine and dose changes.
Like I said, Dr. Lin is so good that the operation seems trivial, when I know it is not.
Very knowledgeable ,explains listening to my eye problems . I feel I have hope to see better if he will surgery me soon. I have seen several eye doctor none of them listened to what I've said. Dr. Lin explained to me about my eyes problems . I am very pleased
explained everything clearly and kindly
Excellent treatment
I do not wish to see Dr. Lin again. waste of time and he did not provide any answers to my questions other than he thought I was ok.
Very professional & nice.
Great Doctor
highly satisfied with services provided
A+ to everyone
I have used the Byer Eye Center on several previous occasions and the everyone has always been greate
The drs. seem to be over scheduled/most people had to wait a long time to be seen.
the team and Dr charles Lin were just plain fantastic
Dr. Lin is great. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Very happy with the medical care and attention received from Dr. Lin. He neve rushed an appointment and always take the necessary time to explain the issue clearly and easy to understand terms. Extremely good bedside manner.
Dr. Lin is wonderful.
Dr. Lin was very responsive to my questions and my expressed needs.
Dr. Lin is very busy.
Dr. Lin has always listened to me about the treatment plan and made some adjustments accordingly.
Dr. Lin is an excellent doctor. He provides care for both of my eyes. I trust his knowledge, skills and abilities completely. He is professional and compassionate and I have recommended him to others.
Dr. Lin is an excellent doctor.
my care provider is a knowledgeable physician with a very great personality and manners
I have nothing but a complete admiration about my care provider
Outstanding.
I had a good experience
Dr. Lin is much quieter than Dr. Huang so this will take a little getting used to. I am so happy to go 1 mile from my house in Palo Alto than continue to travel to San Francisco.
Dr. Lin is a spectacular doctor.
5 star.
I would recommend Dr. Lin to everyone.
Very satisfying services that make me feel secure about my following-up with my health in the future.
Dr. was very thorough. - Explained that it was OK to make decision to have surgery done.
Dr. Lin was wonderful, as usual. His bedside manor and genuine care and concern more than make up for the fact that he's always running 30-60 min behind schedule (though if he were on time it would be icing on the cake)
I have always had good visits with Dr. Lin. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
DR. Lin provide kind and professional service to me.
Just need more explanations - it's always rushed because he's always running late.
Other than putting a name to my condition, Dr. Lin did not discuss possibilities for treatment which was concerning to me as my eyesight has degraded significantly. Additionally, I had concerns about how quickly this came on which I discussed repeatedly and he repeatedly ignored those concerns. Two of his associates came in to examine me and spouted a ridiculous amount of scientific terms and didn't address me personally once. I felt like a lab rat.
Dr Charles Lin was excellent, and all the nurses were so friendly, kind, etc, nothing but the BEST attention.
Caring is natural part of Dr. Lin's character. He is a good doctor both in expertise and caring.
Dr. Lin is fantastic in every regard.
already spoke to my family. My sister was very impressed of the service since she observed all.
8. Excellent.
Dr. Lin has a wonderful bedside manner; he is an excellent doctor and I will recommend him to all my friends.
Dr. Lin provided professional and excellent care to me.
Dr. Lin came highly recommended by a friend who had personal experience of Dr. Lin's care. I was pleased to learn my friend's opinion is justified.
The biggest issue is the Dr. seems very rushed and consequently, I as a patient feel very hurried to ask my questions or air my concerns.
Dr. Lin has a wonderful bedside manner - I think he is great.
I had a conversation a while ago and asked him to give me more information but he just doesn't seem to be able to do that and I am not sure what questions to ask.
Good service.
We feel so confident that we are in the best hands to deal with the eye problem. Dr. Lin is above and beyond all expectations of care and time it takes to relieve any concerns.
For whatever reason, eye problems--particularly surgery--produces anxiety, and the staff in its entirety was exceptionally sensitive and reassuring.
excellent
Dr. Lim is not warn and fuzzy. He is a manner-of-fact man, which is not bad but it would have been better if I was consulted about the type of lens to use, not just told. Also a minute spent on a patients anxiety would also be highly valued.
Dr. Lin is a remarkable surgeon. I am forever grateful for his care. With his expertise my vision now exceeds my expectations. We are fortunate to have such an excellent corneal surgeon here at Byer's Eye Institute. Thank you Dr. Lin!
Excellent communication from both Dr. Lin and his fellow. Felt very reassured about my condition.
Dr. Lin is an impressive professional: consistently positive, has the answers about my corneas, quickly responsive to MyHealth questions, has my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my eyes always in mind.
Dr. Lin is fantastic. His calm demeanor is very reassuring and he really seems to care how his patients are doing. Even though he is often running behind schedule, when he finally sees you he never seems rushed and takes the time to answer all questions.
Good experience.
Doctor Lin is a perfect & professional doctor.I trust & like him.
after the two assistants before him, who were so kind and attentive, he seemed very rushed and it made it feel like it was a long wait for a very short visit.
Drs. Lin & Roc are excellent!
Excellent care. All questions answered. It would be good to have an understanding of the cost of the prescription called in. (This was a follow up visit. The first visit was in the late afternoon, the only appointment available at a very short notice, and the doctor was extremely busy but still saw all of his patients. I was very grateful that I got to see Dr. Lin on that day.) He is extremely competent and reassuring.
examination addressed problems experienced - impressed with thoroughness that led to decision for surgery I was very comfortable with their detail and decisions and how the entire process was conducted
I have see Dr Weinlander for over 20 years, and she is always pleasant, cheerful and always listening, concerning and asking questions on my well being and a fantastic caring, steady doctor. I am forever grateful to be under her care !! Thank you Dr W!
Dr Lin is certainly a confidence builder.
Dr. Charles Chia-Hong Lin is excellent doctor.
Wish this doctor would have continued with my treatment.
Doctor Charlies Lin is excellent on everything
I was made to feel comfortable and at ease. The appointment was all that could be expected.
Care provider seemed rushed.
Very thorough. Very pleasant. Reassuring.
Dr. Charles Lin is outstanding.
Doctor seemed rushed, (again).
excellent doctor
phycian seemed rushed. husband has hearing problem , and did to hear much of visit. I (wife) felt sorry for. my husband , he was an ophthalogist (Mayo Clinic graduate) and had many concerns! about the surgery . He was associate clinical professor at Stanford assisting Stanford surgery residents at San Jouquin county Hospital , many years ago !He is also to have a cochlear implant at a later date
Dr. Lin was very detailed, answered all my questions patiently, I am very happy with the result
No problem.
My answers reflect the time spent with the doctor who is working with Dr. Lin--I regret I don't remember his name. Dr. Lin's time with me seemed perfunctory, and I understand that given the extent of the care provided by the first doctor.
Excellent visit !
Dr. Lin provides great & professional treatment to me.work attitude is nice & patient.really appreciate his help from my heart!
Amazing Doctor. He is all a doctor should be.
good
Perfect.
I was so impresssed with the new Dr. to Stanford, Dr. Roe. Stanford truly is blessed to have hired such a remarkable new DR.. He was through, pleasant , exteermly clear in his evaluation and most important sincerely caring in his approach. A TEN, w/o doubt.
Dr Lin is amazing! He listens very patiently to me, and explains everything well. He sometimes give me options.
Definitely a very good experience with Dr. Lin. I like him very much.
Need the medications instructions and follow-up care instructions in writing and on my health.
I have great faith in Dr. Lin.
The best.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Charles Lin because he is a very knowledgeable and kind doctor. He takes the time to answer your questions and explains things clearly.
Dr. Lin is the best doctor.
Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor - very thorough, never felt rushed, personal - one of the very best! I would definitely recommend!
Dr. Charles Lin is outstanding, from his technical expertise to his "bedside manner". He clearly gives the options, probable outcomes, what-if scenarios, and does an excellent job at reducing apprehensions. I trust him.
Dr. Lin is an Awesome Dr. He takes his time and ensures that I understand everything.
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Charles Lin. He is a great listener who explains things clearly to you. I would recommend him to anyone who needs any eye surgery.
I am very happy to be seeing Dr. Lin. I am confident that he will help me resolve my eye problems.
Dr Lin is amazing!
Dr. Lin is fantastic
Dr Lin in very personable, thorough and caring. I was very grateful for his advice that helped me make the best choice in managing my condition.
I have been very pleased with my interactions with Dr. Lin and his team
Dr. Lin very kind & attentive.
Dr. Lin has excellent communication skills.
Dr. Eisenberg is an extraordinarily good communicator
I am very happy with Dr.Lin. He is very caring. He is taking good care of my Eye problems
Dr Lin is exceptional. I am 72 so I really do have a lot to compare him to. The results of my cataract surgeries compare favorably to my friends (who went to other physicians). Basically my vision is now unbelievably good.. Like I was 21 again And I did have some issues that made my surgeries somewhat challenging.!!! And as I'm sure you hear from his other patients, his God - given personality, manner, and sincere concern for his patients is exactly what every patient would want.
Dr.Chen is very caring. He knows what check up I came for , If I am ready for Cataract surgury of my right eye
good
incredibly wonderful doctor in every way, communication skills, knowledge, caring, took plenty of time, left feeling great sense of trust. my mom couldn't stop saying what a wonderful medical experience with everyone who worked with us. many apologies about some delay; lucky to have delays because it means the team is really going above and beyond for each patient, healthcare not business.
The resident was very informative and friendly and Dr. Lin was much more friendly and timely.
I was losing my vision from a corneal disease. I met with 5 corneal specialists before I selected Dr. Charles Lin as my surgeon. Dr. Lin is a brilliant, gifted, and compassionate surgeon. Because of his expertise and a near miracle surgery I will see my 4 year old daughter grow up! Thank you Dr. Lin. I am forever grateful.
Dr. Lin is awesome! Great bed side manager and patience! He took the time explaining everything and answering my questions. I chose Stanford to do my Cornea Transplant because of Dr. Lin's humble and affable personality was so much better than Dr. Lee at Los Altos Eye Physicians.
Very good.
dr lin was great. competent, caring and yes, i trust him.
I am very impress with all the work they do and concern they have with there patients.
I am so grateful to/for the car I always receive.
Good.
Good.
Very good.
Excellent
Dr. Lin is a gifted and remarkable physician. Anywhere else, such a person would have an ego the size of the Superdome, but he is open, humorous, caring and supremely communicative concerning conditions and options for care. I have never had a doctor I liked and appreciated more!
I've unfortunately been going to doctors my entire life (had polio) and Dr. Lin's knowledge, caring respect concern & willingness to answer questions put him way, way at the top - he's extraordinary.
Dr. Lin is a consummate surgeon, who... with real warmth,... for the patient.
After waiting for about an hour in a room by myself, when the doctor finally did come in he was obviously in a hurry and showed zero concern for my problem. He was there for about 2 minutes, looked at my eyes and then told me I was fine. When I questioned that he told me to see an eyelid specialist. I was there for an ulcer/corneal abrasion and pain and swelling in my eye for which I was seen in the ER. I am not sure what that has to do with my eyelids. I actually have been meaning to call to complain but since I received this survey, I will voice my complaint here as well. He was definitely trying to rush me out since he was running way behind schedule.
I can not praise Dr. Lin highly enough. he is friendly, listens attentively to my concerns and is a gifted surgeon.
I felt rushed, almost like the doctor has a daily quoata to meet
Very good visit. The Doctor was patient, kind, showed a lot of concern for my condition and answered all my questions with great empathy, gave me encouragement and told me some very important information about my condition that will help me plan out my treatment. His staff even followed through with me on the phone the next day about an eyedrop prescription. I came out of the visit feeling a lot better. Thank you Doctor
My home circumstances have made planning this procedure extraordinarily difficult. The physician was extremely capable at listening with an "inner ear". I appreciate deeply his medical skill and caring approach.
amazing experience
Dr. Lin is ok when my condition is stable. Doesn't seem experienced when my condition worsens. Doesn't share information on prognosis based on his experience treating other patients in my situation.
Dr. Lin. The best surgeon and caring person. Surgery was very successful.. The staff that works with him.. the best. thank you all for my care...
Unfortunately, you do not have an "excellent" or "superlative" button, as I would have checked those
it was all good.
I am very happy with Dr. Lin. I am so blessed to have him taking care of me. He always asks if I have any questions or concerns. I feel he truly cares about me : )
Dr. Lin care was good & very courteous. The appointments were timely scheduled.
Dr. Lin is amazing! very kind, friendly, professional and humble!
Dr. Lin is personable and seems timid.
During my waits, Dr. Lin was very thorough and made me feel at ease. It was a very wonderful experience even though I had eye discomfort.
Dr. Lin is great.
Dr. Lin was polite and explained everything in detail.
Dr. Lin is extremely kind and reassuring!
My condition is not curable and I felt that I was given very little encouragement at this appointment. I called the office with questions after the appointment; however, and Dr. Lin called me the next day and answered all my questions and was much more helpful.
Exceptional & beyond! Dr. Charles Lin rates very high on my list!
dr. Lin rocks!
Dr. Lueng and Dr. Lin were very professional and courtesy.
Excellent care provided.
Dr Lin & his staff... The best of the best. Love this clinic. Courteous and always on time !!!
Dr. Lin was very efficient; however, I did not feel rushed with questions and I had confidence that he wanted to help me resolve my eye problems.
Good
My surgery & care was the best.
The doctor was very thoughtful and considerate and explained what was going on with me very well and I feel that I am in good hands.
I think very highly of Dr. Lin & very grateful that Dr. Manche referred me to him.
He's nothing short of amazing!! I thought I would need full cornea transplants (after going blind) which take a year before you can see. He's one of the few that can do DMEC just transplant cells destroying my corneas before I go blind & you can see 2 weeks later!! A miracle! Genius! So, so lucky to have him as my doctor!
They made a big effort to see me before I had to leave on a family trip.
Very good.
In addition to his kindness and patience during my appointment, Dr. Lin responded to follow-up questions after the visit with impressive attention to detail and efficiency -- in less than 24 hours, even though the questions were not urgent.
I was fully satisfied.
I'm very satisfied with Dr. Lin
Dr. Lin is a caring doctor. He is an excellent surgeon. I really appreciate everything he has done for me. As a person with progressive vision loss, Dr. Lin gave me hope that my limited vision will remain with me longer post-surgery. Thank you, Dr. Lin!
no issues here.
Thank you Dr. Lin for the excellent cataract surgery you performed. I have very complicated eye conditions and Dr. Lin masterfully dealt with them in my first surgery. I am confident that equal expertise will be used on my other eye. I REALLY am pleased with everything you have done to help me with my vision loss issues. Thank you!
It would have been helpful to have some written instructions regarding postop care and directions for the additional drops.
Very good.
Thank you for doing my surgery Dr. Lin! Keep up your excellent work.
good
Very professional, thorough, patient friendly.
Dr. Lin has been consistently kind, attentive, an excellent surgeon, and a physician I completely trust.
Good.

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