Cindy Lin M.D.

Cindy Lin M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Sports Medicine


Rehabilitation Medicine, Spine Center, Sports Medicine Center, Sports Spine & Orthopedic Health


English, Mandarin Chinese


Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd. NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Spine Center at Eastside Specialty Center

3100 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Lin is a sports and spine physician and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation of Medicine.

Dr. Lin graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University with honors and distinction and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California. She was chief resident of physical medicine & rehabilitation during her residency at Stanford University Hospital. Dr. Lin completed a Sports & Spine Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is board certified in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Lin practiced overseas in Singapore at Changi Sports Medicine Centre at Changi General Hospital and Singapore Sports Medicine Centre before joining UW.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am passionate about helping you to stay physically active and improve your health and quality of life. I enjoy working with patients of all ages and ability levels, from elite athletes to weekend warriors. I am specialized in the prevention, management, and treatment of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. I believe in the importance of good communication, patient education, active participation and a holistic approach. I will work with you to understand your goals and develop an individualized treatment plan so we can get you back to the activities that you enjoy and prevent future injuries.

Personal Interests

Dr. Lin maintains an active lifestyle through horseback riding, swimming, hiking and running. She also enjoys ballroom dancing, sailing and traveling. During her university days, she competed for the Stanford Equestrian Team.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lin’s clinical interests include the non-operative treatment of sports, spine, and musculoskeletal injuries. She also has expertise in the care of female athletes and pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain, exercise prescription for chronic medical conditions, concussion management, the aging athlete, and adaptive sports for disabled athletes. She is skilled in performing joint injections, electrodiagnostic tests (EMG/NCS), musculoskeletal ultrasound and viscosupplementation.

Research Interests

Dr. Lin is an experienced clinical researcher in motion & gait analysis and medtech innovations. Her research interests also include sports injury prevention and epidemiology, exercise promotion public health initiatives, active aging and women’s health.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education2007
Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineFellowshipSports Medicine
Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterInternshipTransitional Year
Stanford University Medical CenterResidencyPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation2012
American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabSports Medicine2012
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