About Dr. Peter Lin

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Dr. Peter Lin is a board-certified vascular surgeon in Los Angeles, California who specializes in all aspects of vascular treatment of arterial and venous disorders. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 


He grew up in southern California where he attended Upland High School. Dr. Lin received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where he was also a member of the UCR orchestra as a violinist. He received his medical degree from Finch University of Health Sciences in North Chicago. He completed his surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and vascular surgery fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.   


Dr. Lin was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas in 2001 where he quickly rose through the ranks and became the youngest full professor in the school’s history. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Lin also served as the chief of vascular surgery of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, the largest VA hospital in the US, where he transformed its vascular program into a premier clinical service in the VA healthcare system. The remarkable success of this vascular surgery program led to the visit of President George H.W. Bush in 2003.


In 2007, Dr. Lin was appointed as the chief of vascular surgery at Baylor to lead its renowned program established by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. Dr. Lin continued to serve that role until 2015 when he moved back to Los Angeles. Currently he is professor emeritus of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine where he continues to have an active clinical research collaboration. 


Dr. Lin served as a physician advisor to Congressman Gene Green who introduced  Aneurysm Detection Bill in 2004 which provided Medicare coverage for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening and detection. The legislation became known as the Screening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Very Efficiently (SAAAVE) Act of 2004 (HR 4626). 


Dr. Lin is active in both patient care and research. He has been involved in multiple clinical trials investigating endovascular treatment modalities in aortic aneurysm and carotid artery stenting. He has served as principal investigator of basic science  research grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the molecular pathogenesis of peripheral arterial disease. 


He presents his work regularly at national and international meetings. Dr. Lin's research interests focus on a wide range of subjects including endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, thrombolytic therapy for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, experimental models of arterial and venous thrombosis research. 


Dr. Lin has published more than 400 scholarly articles, authored more than 60 book chapters, and edited 2 textbooks in the filed of vascular surgery. He has appeared in more than 30 television news interviews regarding innovative treatment of vascular disease.  Dr. Lin serves on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals. His publications have appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of American Medical Association, and Journal of Vascular Surgery.


As a physician educator, Dr. Lin has mentored many medical students, surgical residents, and young physicians. He has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award eight years in a row at Baylor College of Medicine.  His clinical skills and patient care have also been recognized by his colleagues as one of the Best Doctors in America. He has also been named among the top 1% of vascular surgeons by U.S. News & World Report.  


In his spare time, Dr. Lin enjoys golfing, jogging, meditation, and playing violin. As a doctor who is committed to the treatment and prevention of vascular disease, he is also a plant-based physician. Dr. Lin considers his family, with his wife Cynthia, and his children, Pete Jr. and Mark as his greatest accomplishment in life.