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Alexander Y. Lin


Pediatric plastic surgeon

About me

Dr. Alexander Y. Lin is a pediatric plastic surgeon and director of surgical innovations for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' plastic surgery division. He is co-director of the UCSF Pediatric Craniofacial Center and co-director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, serving as its site director in Oakland.

Lin's mission in medicine – guiding his practice, research and innovations – is to improve the lives of children and their families. In patient care, he focuses on conditions of the face, palate (deformities that may affect speech) and hands. This work includes performing repair of cleft lip and palate (and associated nasal deformities) and craniomaxillofacial surgery to correct problems with bones of the skull, jaw and orbit (bony cavity that houses the eye).

In research, Lin focuses on using 3D printing and advanced visualization technologies to improve surgery as well as on using artificial intelligence applications to detect speech problems early in a child's development and determine the value of therapy versus surgery. He also studies how to merge scaffolding (materials that can be implanted to support soft tissue growth) with biologic tissues for complex reconstruction surgeries.

After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford University, Lin earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCSF, which included a two-year research fellowship in vascular immunobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a fellowship in craniofacial, maxillofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also earned a master of business administration degree, with a focus on innovation, from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining UCSF, he served as chief of plastic surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Lin serves on the executive board of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, as vice chair of the craniomaxillofacial section of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and as chair of the clinical study section of the Plastic Surgery Foundation.
  • Education

    Johns Hopkins University, MD, 2002

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009

  • Fellowships

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Craniofacial, Maxillofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, 2010

Where I see patients (2)

    Smell the roses

    Wander outside into our Butterfly Garden in Oakland and our healing gardens at Mission Bay.

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    This provider is employed by a medical group affiliated with UCSF.