Dr. Lin is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon who specializes in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, Dr. Lin pursued her medical and surgical training on the east coast, where she completed her residency in general surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Lin's clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of benign and malignant thyroid conditions, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal tumors, as well as melanoma and advanced skin cancers. She is skilled in mini-incision, minimally invasive (laparoscopic), and remote access (scarless endoscopic) surgery as well as lymph node dissection for cancer. She currently serves as Director of the Parathyroid Center within the Endocrine Oncology Program at Stanford.

Dr. Lin strives to deliver expert surgical care to patients with utmost humanism and compassion. She considers it a privilege and joy to be entrusted as one’s surgeon and is committed to ensuring the best clinical and cosmetic outcome for each of her patients. Dr. Lin welcomes patients at Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto as well as Stanford Health Care in Emeryville and Pleasanton (ValleyCare).

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2011)
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital MA, Endocrine Surgery (2011)
  • Fellowship, Stanford School of Medicine CA, Surgical Education and Simulation (2013)
  • Residency, Rutgers (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School NJ, General Surgery (2010)
  • Internship, Rutgers (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School NJ, General Surgery (2005)
  • MD, University at Buffalo School of Medicine NY (2004)
  • MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary MA, Religion (2002)
  • BS, Stanford University CA, Biology (1997)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Surgery, Surgery (2011)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Department of Surgery, Stanford Medicine (2018 - Present)
  • Curriculum Director, ACS Education Institute / Goodman Surgical Education Center, Department of Surgery, Stanford Medicine (2014 - 2018)


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Practice Locations

Endocrine Tumor Program - 900 Blake Wilbur Drive Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Endocrine Tumor Program in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

5800 Hollis Street

Emeryville , CA 94608

+1 (833) 444-7622

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Endocrine Tumor Program in Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 100

Pleasanton , CA 94588

+1 (833) 444-7622

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Skin Cancer Program in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

5800 Hollis Street

Emeryville , CA 94608

+1 (833) 444-7622

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Cancer Center in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

5800 Hollis Street

Emeryville , CA 94608

+1 (833) 444-7622

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(85 reviews)

Excellent Doctor I'm very confident that if I decide to have the surgery that Dr. Lin will do an exceptional job.
Excellent doctor, she took time to acknowledge and answer my questions
Dana, it’s been a pleasure working with you.
I have complete faith in Dr. Lin as a surgeon and look forward to the surgery she will perform on me.
It is quite easy to talk with Her and her responses are quite clear, therefore I feel confident to be in her care.
She’s exceptional. Just a great experience.
I’m very happy with Dr Lin as my surgeon. I think she is extremely competent and cared about me
I thought Dr. Lin was very professional and answered every question I had. I felt very confident in Dr. Lin after the visit
Very personable and knowledgeable
A very caring and understanding Dr Thorough about the surgery coming up
Very professional and courteous.
Dr Lin I’m so grateful to have Dr Lin as my surgeon. She is very professional and knowledgeable doctor. And Dr. Lin will always take care of you, thank you very much for her care.
Top-notch professional Personable and caring Will highly recommend her
Professional and helpful
Very professional, answered all of my questions clearly. Made me feel very at ease.
Very knowledgeable and articulate
Dr. Lin has been all I could ask for in a physician regarding my parathyroid issues.
Great job
Very please with doctor Lin fantastic doctor
Absolutely what I wS looking for!!!
She is awesome. Very clear and efficient.
Service was great
I thought we had a very productive exchange.
I am thankful to have her as my surgeon. She explained my procedure well and I know exactly what to expect.
She was excellent explaining the whole procedure and respond to all the questions we had
Dr. Dana Lin is an excellent surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. My experience with her could not have gone any better. She is responsive, very knowledgable and extremely caring. I would not hesitate to refer friends and family to her in the future.
Dr. Lin was very clear and easy to understand. I believe I understood all of her instructions
Dr. Lin answered well my concerns. Thank you so much Dr.
Many thanks for the excellent care.
Dr. Lin was excellent. She was informative and reassuring. She explained the surgery she would be doing and what I might expect....The known land the unknown. She was very thorough, observant and sensitive to her patient's concerns. She has good communication skills with an awareness of her patient's concerns.
She was very compassionate, kind and knowledgeable.
One of the best doctors ever. Very humane, smart and diligent
Solid physician.
Excellent doctor and patient interactions. Her nurse, Hope, also very compassionate.
Dr Dana Lin helps me to feel at ease. She explains my Hyper Parathyroidism and the options on treatment in an easy to understand manner.
She did an excellent job to tell me what I asked and detailed explained.
She was very informative and answered all of my questions.
Dr. Dana Lin is very detail and patience to explain my medical situation and the procedures that will follow. That very much put me at easy. Thank
She was very pleasant and easy to understand and informative. She answered my questions.
Dr. Lin is wonderful.
She is an excellent surgeon, she showed true professionalism on her bedside manner and care of customer’s feelings. She gives me time to make my own decisions, and she provided her wealth of medical knowledge to help me. I have no complaints at all, and wish more do are like her. She is definitely a 10.
Excellent and thorough with visit. I trust her care and love the up beat conversations on a sad subject.
She was very polite and professional. She explained everything to me in a way I could understand and made sure to answer any of my questions. I feel extremely comfortable with her as my surgeon.
Dr. Dana Lin is so nice and caring! I like her!
Dana is caring, and listens. She answers my questions and adresses my concerns as best as she can.
It was a wonderful appointment and she is absolutely amazing
She gave me plenty time to ask all my questions. I didn’t feel rushed on our video appt.
Dr. Dana Lin is so caring, considerate and kind she never makes me feel rush and always gives me the time to talk and ask her questions during my visit. Many thanks to Dr. Dana Lin!
She explained things clearly to me and my spouse. Things happened exactly as what she said. She is a good and skillful surgeon. I have a lot of confidence in her. I remember her holding my hand and reassuring me right before the surgery. To me, it is that caring attitude that makes her stand out among other physicians.
She’s a great & kind person!! Thank you
Lovely lady. Very kind.
First time visit. She was very friendly and easy to talk with
Very clear and concise
She was great!
Very thorough and pleasant.
I found her to be easy to talk with, and she answered all my questions in a manner that I could understand.
Dr. Lin was excellent.
Dr. Lin is a fabulous surgeon and very caring person. As much as one can "enjoy" a surgical experience, mine was exceptional!
Dr. Lin thoroughly explained everything in an easy-to-understand, positive manner.
A very good experience - Thank you -
Dr. Lin and Hope are amazing!
AMAZING care from this team.
Dr. Lin was very professional and made myself and family very comfortable during my procedure.
All was very good thanks.
Felt very comfortable with and confident in the doctor.
Excellent care.
The trip to Stanford was stressful given the melanoma diagnosis - the data given & thorough explanation & good energy was excellent!
I'm actually excited for my surgery one Monday because the team is so competent and thoughtful... I feel cared for and considered
Dr. Dana Lin is amazing. I'm so happy to have found her. I know when I'm with her I'm in great hands.
Care provider did a great job of answering my questions.
Very good.
Dr. Dana Lin took excellent care of me and explained the procedure thoroughly.
Fantastic attention from both doctors who reviewed my progress from the operation.
Drs. Swetter & Lin were excellent at all issues with respect to my visit and care. Dr. Lin and Dr. Swetter.
Very professional, skilled experienced I would recommend without hesitation.
Dr. Lin was excellent in every way!
Answered my questions clearly.
Dr. Lin is extremely professional, kind, courteous, caring and pretty. I am so impressed by all at Stanford. The nurses, the staff all excellent.
Visit went well.
I was not rushed at all! Plenty of time to address my concerns. Printed material was particularly appreciated for reference.
Very good experience, very knowledgeable and kind.
Dr. Lin is fantastic!
Outstanding care from all providers.
Dr. Lin was wonderful to work with.

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