Steven Lin

Family medicine doctor

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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Dr. Lin is an expert clinician, educator, researcher, and health system leader in the specialty of family medicine. He earned his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his training at Stanford’s family medicine residency program. Dr. Lin is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He has received numerous national awards and is recognized among the top family physicians in the United States.

Dr. Lin cares for people of all ages, often for members of the same family. He has a particular interest in preventive cardiology, diabetes, hepatitis B, and mental health. He is proficient in a wide range of primary care procedures – including over 40 different skin, musculoskeletal, and women’s health procedures that are performed in the office. Dr. Lin is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and provides the highest quality, evidence based, culturally competent care for people of all backgrounds at Stanford.

Dr. Lin is the Family Medicine Service Chief and the Head of Technology Innovation in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford. He is the founder of 3 nationally recognized programs – the O’Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Residency Program (OSLER), the Stanford Medical Scribe Fellowship (COMET), and the Stanford Healthcare AI Applied Research Team (HEA3RT).

Dr. Lin is the author of over 280 scholarly works and conference presentations. His research covers a broad range of topics. His current focus is on artificial intelligence and machine learning in healthcare.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2013)
  • Residency: Stanford O'Connor Family Medicine Residency (2013) CA
  • Internship: Stanford O'Connor Family Medicine Residency (2011) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2010) CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Duke University, NC (2006)

Honors & Awards
  • Angels in Medicine Award, Angels in Medicine (2008)
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, American Academy of Family Physicians (2012)
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership, Innovation and Service, Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine (2021)
  • Board of Directors Member at Large, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2017-2020)
  • Chair, National Telemedicine Task Force, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2020-2022)
  • Citation in National Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2014)
  • Citation in National Report on Hepatitis and Liver Cancer, Institute of Medicine (2010)
  • Citation in National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011)
  • Clinician Educator Research Award, Division of General Medical Disciplines, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Clinician Educator Research Award, Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine (2016)
  • Community Outreach Award, American Academy of Family Physicians (2008)
  • Division Teaching Award, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force Member, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2015-2017)
  • Howard Hughes Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2004)
  • Innovations in Clinical Care Award, Stanford Health Care (2018)
  • James C. Puffer/American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Medicine (2021-2023)
  • National Innovative Program Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2014)
  • National Innovative Program Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2021)
  • New Faculty Scholar Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2016)
  • Oral Presentation of Distinction, Teaching and Mentoring Academy, Stanford University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University (2004)
  • Pisacano Leadership Foundation Alumni Award, American Board of Family Medicine (2015)
  • Pisacano Scholar, The Pisacano Leadership Foundation, American Board of Family Medicine (2009)
  • Preceptor of the Year, California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (2015)
  • President's Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2017)
  • Rainbow of Heroes Award, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center (2005)
  • Schweitzer Fellow, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (2007)
  • Serena WuDunn Memorial Scholar, Duke University (2005)
  • The Arthur L. Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Vera Moulton Wall Center Award in Arts, Humanities and Medicine, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2008)
  • William C. Fowkes, Jr., MD Teaching Award, O'Connor Hospital, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2013)
  • William J. Griffith University Service Award, Duke University (2006)
  • Year of the Family Physician Member Spotlight, California Academy of Family Physicians (2014)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate, Educators-4-CARE (E4C) Program (2011 - 2015)
  • Associate Chief for Medical Education, Division of Primary Care and Population Health (2016 - 2019)
  • Co-Founder and Director of Program Development, Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive (SHIELD) (2014 - 2018)
  • Co-Medical Director, Arbor Free Clinic (2013 - 2016)
  • Founder and Co-Director, Family Medicine Minor Procedure Service (2015 - 2017)
  • Founder and Director, O'Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Residency (OSLER) Program (2010 - 2015)
  • Founder and Executive Director, Stanford Medical Scribe Fellowship (COMET) (2015 - 2021)
  • Founder and Executive Director, Stanford Healthcare AI Applied Research Team (HEA3RT) (2019 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Family Medicine (2016 - 2021)
  • Service Chief, Family Medicine, Stanford Health Care (2020 - Present)
  • Vice Chief for Technology Innovation, Division of Primary Care and Population Health (2019 - Present)


Practice Locations

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9000

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Extremely happy.
It is always pleasure to see Dr. Lin, he is the best.
Felt a little quick for the time I spent going to the appointment, but I understand doctors are busy, so it was sufficient.
Dr. Lin fully discussed my overallhealth and addressed specific issues. He fully explained and answered all my questions. He paid close attention to everything during the visit. He showed a genuine interest and concern for my health.
I really enjoyed Dr. Lin.
Dr Lin was as good online as he is in person-outstanding! He provided good advice and answered all of my questions
He was fantastic.
Dr. Lin is an exemplary care provider. Caring, knowledgeable, methodical. He has an excellent way to write me in decisions about my care. Without a doubt I would recommend Dr. Lin to others.
Excellent experience!
Dr. Lin really talked through my allergic reaction with me so I could figure out how to deal with ongoing symptoms & prevent future problems.
I appreciated that Dr. Lin had taken the time to look at my previous records & asked me questions about them.
The doctor is professional & friendly. I prefer a doctor who could speak Mandarin. I have done some research online & very happy to have Dr. Lin as my new doctor!
Dr. Lin was very thorough.
Dr. Lin - Compassionate, friendly, polite, patient, makes an extra effort to help and takes time to explain/answer my questions in Chinese which is a great help to me. Thank you Dr. Lin very much for your devotion and your excellent care to patients./I am very impressed his willingness to speak Mandarin to help me. BIG STAR to Dr. Lin!
Dr. Lin is fantastic. Explains options thoroughly, always solicits questions, friendly manner.
Very easy to talk to and engaged in conversation with my. Explained options for care and discussed my preferences for how to proceed with care/treatment. This is how healthcare should be delivered!
I was really impressed by the attentiveness of the doctor, and I especially appreciated that he asked at the end of our main conversation whether there was anything else I'd like to ask about. He was genuinely willing to hear my concerns even though I'm sure his schedule must be packed.
Wonderful - very kind doctor.
the doctor is very knowledgeable in Asthma diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Lin is by far the best doctor I have ever seen.
Dr. Steven Lin has my full confidence. He is very knowledgeable and nice, and listens patiently to all my questions and problems. He is very reassuring. I am fortunate to have him as my primary care physician.
Very good always easy to understand, and very concern about my health.
Dr. Lin was very good. Kind and knowledgeable. He was on time and explained every step.
I am very pleased with Dr. Lin's work with me. He is patient, clear, and treats me like the adult I am. He is one of the very best care provider's I have had in 40 years of adulthood.
Family doctor Dr. Steven Lin is very nice and patient to his patients.
I have had great experiences in the past with this provider. This appointment was not one of the great ones. I felt dismissed when asking to see the MD not the resident. He came in irritated & I felt dismissed.
Great fast response to my health questions - thank the doctor.
Have a good medical experience.
I am very happy to be Dr. Steven Lin's patient. He is very good doctor and he is very kind doctor.
Dr.Lin is a wonderful doctor. Very concern to his patients health & well being. Very glad to have him as my care provider.
as a group they were extraordinarily accommodating and showed genuine concern and patience during the procedure. I hate visiting the doctors however my care team has made me feel comfortable and empowered to be more conscious with my health decisions and practices.
Dr. Lin is a super caring privider.
Dr Lin greeted me and asked about my family by name even though they are not patients of his. Quickly and clearly summarized results of recent labs and his one area of concern. we discussed options for possible treatments vs actions I can take (diet, exercise, etc changes) and made a plan together. By far, the best PCP I've ever had.
I am 72 years old. Dr. Lin is the best care provider I ever had.
Dr. Lin is outstanding!
Very positive: Both Melisa & Dr. Lin were great.
Dr. Steven Lin is excellent.
dr Lin is very good
Very good.
I have recommended my Chinese friends (a couple) to Dr. Lin. They are very please.
The doctor quickly diagnosed exactly what the problem was, determined a course of action, explained it to me, made sure I understood it.
Dr. Lin is a very good doctor.
Much appreciated and thankful that Dr. Lin is able to communicate with me in Mandarin (since I speak little English), shows concerns and takes time to explain to me about questions that i have about my health conditions. Dr. Lin sure is a shining jewel of your team!
Dr. Lin is an excellent physician.
Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor
Dr. Lin, he is not only the good doctor. He is most wonderful. He spend lots of time and very nice. Sorry my English not good.
I was advise to do some exercises for my pain and explain everything I need to do
Simply wonderful.
Doctor Lin, Steven Yu-Ta is a very good doctor.
Doctor Lin, Steven Yu-Ta is a very good doctor.
I always received a quick reply from either phone or emails.
Very good!
Dr Lin is excellent!
Dr. Lin is a great provider, I understand every he said, (I could not be an interpreter if I don't understand him). Anyway, I am glad to have him as my doctor.
The doctor was very caring.
Dr Lin is very nice and approachable. I feel comfortable to discuss my concern with him and he listened and showed his care.
Dr. Lin is always so professional and warm. I always feel comfortable with him.
Outstanding primary care provider; excellent exam & discussion; pre+ post visit messages were very helpful.
Dr. Lin was very thorough, caring & professional. I was very impressed, like Dr. Lin a lot.
Great doctor & communicator!
Dr. Lin is the best!
Just like the retired Dr. Samuel LeBaron, I think I found the perfect replacement, Dr. Steven Lin.
The entire experience with this physician was very positive and I would recommend Dr. Lin.
Dr. Lin is very attentive, considerate and pay attention to every detail. He is the best!
Dr. Lin doesn't rush in talking to me about my medical problems. He's a very good listener.
Excellent Dr. & staff Stanford is a fantastic facility.
I am completely pleased with my doctor.
I have confidence for my family doctor Lin.
He was great. Spent enough time to cover the problem, answered my questions, but didn't waste time either (which I appreciate).
Very good.
Extremely impressed by Dr. Lin, staff & Stanford.
Dr. Lin is excellent, also his nurse and his team. They are the best and very professional. We love them.
Excellent dr. & staff.
Most impressed with Dr. Steven Lin. Very conscientious and thorough. Feel very fortunate to have him as my doctor.
Dr. Lin was most impressive, conscientious and kind. He was a great listener, and very dedicated to helping me. It was an EXCELLENT experience.
Very understanding, shows great concern. Patiently listens and gives valuable advices.

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