Edward Lin, DO, FACS

Edward Lin, DO, FACS

Edward Lin, DO, FACS, who started practicing at Emory in 2002, is Associate Professor of Surgery, Director, Emory Endosurgery Unit and Gastroesophageal Treatment Center and Surgical Director, Emory Bariatricsl.


  • American Board of Surgery (Board Certified since 2002)
  • National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (Board certified since 2003)

Areas of Expertise

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery and Endoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

Groundbreaking Research and Clinical Trials

Dr. Lin travels academically teaching laparoscopic and endoscopy techniques. He is involved in ongoing studies in the role of gut hormones in appetite control and diabetes. He pioneered single incision laparoscopic techniques for colon and solid organ surgery.

While Dr. Lin was a young surgeon training in New York City, the field of laparoscopic surgery exploded. He realized that many of the operations performed in the abdomen (liver, stomach, pancreas and colon) may be completed with smaller incisions which speed recovery. He has spent the last decade developing ways to perform these same operations in the least invasive approach as possible. So in some patients who have laparoscopic surgery for advanced colon cancer, chemotherapy can be started within the same month.

The Road to Emory: Education

  • Medical School: Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, Iowa 1993
  • Residency: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, NY, 1995
    The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, New York, 1996
  • Fellowship/Advanced Training: Research Fellow, Laboratory of Surgical Metabolism, Nutritional Support Service, 1996-1997, The New York Hospital – Cornell University Medical College; Research Fellow, Division of Surgical Sciences, 1997-1999, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgery, Emory Endosurgery Unit, Division of GI & General Surgery, 2001-2003, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta


  • Medical Society of the State of New York (1997 - 2004)
  • Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter, American College of Surgeons (1997 - 2001)
  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (1997 - Present)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (1997 - Present)
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (1998 - Present)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (1997 - Present)
  • Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (2003 - Present)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (2001 - Present)
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2003 - Present)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (2003 - Present)
  • American Obesity Association (2003)
  • Fellow, Southeastern Surgical Congress  (2004 - Present)
  • American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons (2004 - Present)
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (1998 - Present)
  • American College of Gastroenterology (2006 – Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2005 – Present)


  • Surgical Infection Society Research Grant 1998
  • Resident Teaching Award 2009

Major or Recent Publications


  • Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery
  • Norton’s Surgery: Basic Science and Evidence Based Practice
  • Mastery of Surgery
  • Anatomic Basis of Tumor Surgery
  • Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery.


Dr. Lin is the proud father of four small children. He is involved in local service organizations in the community. He’s dedicated to teaching advanced surgical skills to surgeons, with more than 20 former fellows throughout North America. He has an interest in Organizational Management.

He is very proud to be a physician and surgeon at Emory serving the people of Atlanta and Georgia. “The spirit of innovation, discovery and excellence in patient care makes it worth waking up every morning and going to work. I wish every surgeon starting out in practice could have had the same start I had nearly 10 years ago,” says Dr. Lin.