Doctor Details

Kristie Lin, MD

Retina Specialist

Dr. Kristie Lin is a second generation American of Chinese descent. She graduated with honors in microbiology from the University of California at Davis. She went on to receive her medical degree from the highly prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which has consistently been ranked one of the nation’s top medical schools by U.S. News and World Report.

During her ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College, St. Vincent’s Hospital, she was chosen to be Chief Resident. In this position, Dr. Lin led the residents in their tasks for the needs of the department and the community. Dr. Lin then was awarded the privilege of training in vitreoretinal surgery as a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She trained with the world-renowned Dr. Tatsuo Hirose and Dr. Arnold Kroll, pioneers of surgical and pediatric retina.

Prior to relocating back to her native California, Dr. Lin was practicing surgical retina in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was also an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was actively teaching Yale medical students and worked with the Yale ophthalmology residents and fellows.

Dr. Lin has received various research fellowships including the Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Soros Service for Community Health Fellowship, Margaret and Robert Weiss, MD Endowed Scholarship, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dean’s Research Scholarship.

Dr. Lin has published many peer-reviewed articles and has presented at conferences throughout the nation. Her clinical expertise includes complex retinal detachment repair, pediatric retina including retinopathy of premature and revision surgery for macular hole and other retinal disorders. She was known in the Yale community as the surgeon among surgeons and specialized in second opinions.

Dr. Lin is board-certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Women in Ophthalmology, and the Chinese American Medical Society. She is also fluent in Cantonese, Spanish, and Mandarin. Dr. Lin resides in Pasadena and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.