Kenneth Michael Lin, MD

Sports medicine surgeon, Orthopaedic surgeon

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Kenneth Lin is an orthopaedic surgeon and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He specializes in sports medicine. Dr. Lin has clinical expertise in minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. As a former college athlete, he understands the demands and challenges facing athletes of all ages and competition levels.

Following his undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Lin attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He attended residency at the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Upon graduation, Dr. Lin received the Thomas P. Sculco Award, selected by hospital staff, for exemplary service and exceptional core values. In addition, his peers selected him to receive the Jean C. McDaniel Award for leadership, professionalism, and ethics in patient care. As a Sports Medicine fellow at Stanford, Dr. Lin received special training in complex knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip conditions.

He treats chronic conditions, sports injuries, and traumatic injuries affecting the arm and leg. Dr. Lin has expertise in treating complex knee, shoulder, and elbow conditions, as well as injuries of the hip and ankle. He specializes in joint preservation, tendon/ligament repair and reconstruction, cartilage restoration, and fracture care. Dr. Lin uses nonsurgical, arthroscopic and traditional open surgery techniques. He takes a minimally invasive approach to achieve the greatest recovery with the least invasive treatment.

Dr. Lin has academic research interests in the clinical, basic science, and biomechanical foundations of injury, healing, and rehabilitation. He continues to participate in clinical outcomes research and laboratory research. His research focus is developing new surgical techniques and harnessing emerging technologies for both surgical and nonsurgical treatment. He also has special interest in understanding the biological basis of healing and regeneration of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.

He has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters.

Dr. Lin is a Bay Area native who enjoys surfing, traveling, and being outdoors. He loves coaching, playing, and watching sports. Dr. Lin has provided medical coverage for various types of sporting events. He has also served as a team physician for multiple high schools and junior colleges. Dr. Lin previously served as the assistant team physician for Stanford University Athletics.

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Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (2022) CA
  • Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2021) NY
  • Medical Education: Washington University School Of Medicine Registrar (2016) MO

Practice Locations

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

6121 Hollis Street, Suite 900

Emeryville , CA 94608

(510) 974-2800

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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(225 Ratings)

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(61 reviews)

Dr. Lin is a compassionate, caring, and skilled physician and surgeon. I feel privileged to call him My Doctor!
very impressed with Dr. L thorough, respectful, good listener. willing to have a dialogue and open to my ideas.
Dr Lin is great. Very knowledgeable, very relatable, conveys a good amount of information without overload.
The team and Dr. Lin are very communicative and efficient. Dr. Lin is a great communicator.
Very direct, clear and empathetic
Dr. Lin was amazing, knowledgeable, took the time to explain things, I didn't feel rushed, best experience I've ever had with an ortho doc (I've seen quite a few!)
The doctor and staff are great, I feel respected every visit
Great information. Confident feeling from it.
He’s great! About to let him cut my leg open; have total confidence we’ve made the right decision together.
informative & respectful. ii felt heard
Dr. Lin listened well and was clear in his explanation of my case.
The Stanford Orthopedic clinic was very professional and efficient - everything went smoothly and on time from the X-ray to the exam
better than expected
Dr. Lin is amazing. He is bright, engaging and extremely knowledgeable.
Excellent communcator
Dr Lin is always personable and knowledgeable and I feel fortunate being under his care. Stanford should also feel fortunate to have a valuable professional like him.
Appointment was precisely on time. Dr. Lin and the entire staff were very professional, welcoming and simply a pleasure. Dr. Lin is well experienced and I felt very comfortable with his findings.
Very professional and competent. Excellent communicator, great bedside manners.
Personable and caring. Easy to relate to.
Dr. Lin is simply outstanding; a 12 on a 1-10 scale
I was seen immediately by Dr. Lin. He was very attentive and heard my concerns.
Dr. Lin is excellent!
Dr Lin is very kind, patient and knowledgeable. Excellent Doctor!
great doc. lovely smart helpful
Helpful, caring, available
Customer service is amazing Emily, the radiologist and Dr. Ken the ortho was professional and kind. props to hiring great people
Excellent visit, very informative.
Dr. Lin is a good listener, a thorough thinker, knowledgeable, kind, friendly, helpful, understands my goals and my values.
Dr. Lin is thorough, professional, and cares about my full recovery. I feel that he is available and willing to answer questions as I continue to make progress.
Superb service
Thank you for your help
Excellent pre and post-op consults and care…
Simply the best!
Great and professional doctor
Impressive comes to mind. Staff was very helpful. Dr. Lin couldn’t have been nicer or more I informative . Thank you, Richard Cohen
Very kind, knowledgeable, thorough in his description
Because he took the time to listen attentively to complaint, I was pleased with the doctor as well as his diagnosis. He was pleasant and I felt comfortable talking to him. The doctor understood my frustrations. .Mostly I was satisfied with time he spent examining my left knee to give me a diagnosis and explain what was wrong where I would understand.
Awesome Dr. He explained my injury very well. Were I was to understand it. Very caring.
Dr. Lin is knowledgeable, respectful, and explains things clearly.
Both Dr. Lin and his staff are very professional and helpful.
Everyone was pleasant and welcoming, and my concerns were addressed well.
Dr Lin is friendly, thorough and complex in his diagnoses, not focused on single issues.
Dr. Lin is an excellent, professional, knowledgeable, empathetic,, patient, doctor.
Personable and professional. Clearly states condition and solutions. Listened to me and my preference.
Love the mtg and how Dr. Lin explained everything.
good service
Good listener, Clear communicator
Dr. Lin is great! He was went in to detail what the problem was. He gave many options as far as treatment goes. Besides that he was very friendly. I believe he really knows how to speaks to his patience. Thank you!
Thanks for the great care you always seem to provide
Thoughtful, personable, helpful
Very much appreciated the thoroughness, care, and professionalism of the provider.
Dr. Lin is super nice, and knowledgeable professional. I am looking forward to working with him on his prescribed treatment plan.
Was my first visit today and the best experience I had
excellent diagnostician and able to clearly explain problem, tests, and plan. Very reassuring in his explanations.
Dr. Lin was thorough, professional, and warm and friendly. His diagnosis and plan for next steps aligned with my perceptions and expectation. His follow up letter was exactly as I perceived things.
the doctor is friendly
Calm, efficient. Good listener and very clear explanations.
Thanks much, doctor and staff are great.
This dr is the best! He told me the truth. He really tried to help m. I’m so grateful .
Personable, addressed all my concerns. Felt good about the whole thing!
Overall my experience with Dr. Lin and the entire staff was great, thenak you.

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