Dr. Lin completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and received his medical doctorate from Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and his HIV subspecialty training through the HIV Clinical Scholars Program fellowship at the HIV/AIDS Division of San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Lin is currently Medical Director of the Wellness Clinic at San Francisco Community Health Center. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Positive Health Program of UCSF, and also a physician specialist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
In his clinical work, Dr. Lin focuses on trauma-informed care delivery to vulnerable populations – particularly clients who are multiply-affected by urban poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and social marginalization. Dr. Lin is especially experienced in working with people living with/affected by HIV/AIDS. He is also a noted gender health specialist, who has served as Principal Investigator of a HRSA-funded project focused on Improving Engagement and Retention in Care for HIV+ Transgender Women of Color.
Dr. Lin is widely-recognized as a physician leader and educator. He has been nominated for numerous teaching awards at UCSF, and was the recipient of the 2011 Meg Newman Award for Excellence in HIV Teaching. Dr. Lin was also honored with the Good Neighbor Award from Equality California in 2011 for his work on HIV care provision, especially with the LGBTQI community. He was also an honoree at the 30th anniversary gala of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, now the San Francisco Community Health Center.
Dr. Lin finds his passion for this work as a member of the LGBTQI community, who understands that we all need to realize our truest, most authentic selves — whatever the cost society may impose on us. He believes deeply that the role of the physician Is not only to heal one’s body and spirit, but to serve as an ardent advocate for our clients as well — especially those who don’t have enough voice, visibility, or privilege in our society.