James D Lin

James D Lin, MD, MS



Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

Dr. James D. Lin is a fellowship trained spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. 

Dr. Lin specializes in both minimally invasive and open surgical techniques to treat spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His clinical interests include adolescent and adult spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, revision surgery), cervical spine disease (disc herniation, myelopathy, OPLL), lumbar spinal pathologies, and spinal tumors. He has expertise in cervical disc replacement, outpatient surgery, robotic spine surgery, and computer navigation assisted spine surgery.

Dr. Lin attended Stanford University and graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering.  He received his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center.  His residency at Columbia included training in pediatric spine deformity surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, adult spine surgery at The Spine Hospital, and orthopedic trauma at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.  Following residency, Dr. Lin remained at Columbia to complete advanced training in complex spine surgery at the Columbia University Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship and served as assistant attending physician and clinical instructor.  

Dr. Lin’s research interests include spinal instrumentation techniques, spinal deformity outcomes, and minimally invasive surgery. He has authored many peer reviewed papers, abstracts, and textbook chapters. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, and been recognized with the Whitecloud Award nomination at the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.

In the News

Dr. Lin discusses tech neck
Dr. Lin leads research study on adult idiopathic scoliosis
Dr. Lin discusses mild scoliosis

Patient Stories
Gail’s story

Clinical Focus

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Central Cord Syndrome
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Compression Fracture
  • Diskectomy / Discectomy
  • Herniated Disk
  • Intervertebral Diskectomy
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • MRI - Back / Spine
  • Neck Fracture
  • Neck Sprain


BS, Stanford University

MS, Stanford University

MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship, Spine Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

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