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Chen Lin, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology


Building & Room:

EEI Building, Suite 3.87


1855 W. Taylor St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

Office Phone:


Otolaryngology Clinic

Building & Room:

Specialty Care Building, 6C


1009 S. Wood St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

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Chen Lin, MD is board certified and fellowship trained in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction

His clinical focus is on treating benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck including the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, sinonasal, thyroid/parathyroid glands, parotid gland, and skin. He also specializes in reconstructive microvascular surgery and transoral robotic surgery. He focuses on delivering high-quality oncologic care and improving patient quality of life.

Dr. Lin’s research in head and neck oncology has been published in multiple journals and presented at national conferences.


Specialties & Services

  • Head and neck cancer/surgical oncology
  • Microvascular reconstruction
  • Transoral robotic surgery (TORS)
  • Oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, and hypopharynx tumors
  • Sinonasal tumors
  • Skin cancer of the head and neck
  • Thyroid/parathyroid surgery
  • Parotid surgery


  • Chief Resident Teaching Award, Ohio State University Medical Center, 2021
  • Citizenship Award, Ohio State University Medical Center, 2021

Selected Publications

  • Lin C, Sharbel DD. Topf MC. Surgical clinical trials for HPV-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma. Front Oncol. 2022;12:992348.
  • Lin C, Olson MD, Huyett P, Chio EG. Implantation of the hypoglossal nerve stimulator via left sided, 2-incision approach. J Clin Sleep Med. 2022;12(4):1219-22.
  • Naik AN, Lancione PJ, Parikh AS, Lin C, Silverman DA, Carrau RL, VanKoevering KK, Seim NB, Old MO, Kang SY. Anterior skull base reconstruction: a contemporary review. Plastic and Aesthetic Research. 2021;8:22.
  • Lin C, Tamaki A, Ozer E. Mega fibula free flap for reconstruction of an extensive mandibulofacial defect. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2021;130(2):219-22.
  • Lin C, Kang SY, Donermeyer S, Teknos TN, Wells-Di Gregorio SM. Supportive care needs of patients with head and neck cancer referred to palliative medicine. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;163(2):356-63.
  • Silverman DA*, Lin C*, Tamaki A, Seim NB, Puram SV, Eskander A, Rocco JW, Old MO, Kang SY. Respiratory and pulmonary complications in head and neck cancer patients: An evidence-based review for the COVID-19 era. Head Neck. 2020;42(6):1218-26.
  • Lin C*, Puram SV*, Bulbul MG, Sethi RK, Rocco JW, Old MO, Kang SY. Elective neck dissection for salvage laryngectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Oral Oncol. 2019;96:97-104.
  • Patel KB, Lin C, Kramer S, Fada C, Ozer E. Transoral robotic excision of laryngocele: Surgical considerations. Head Neck. 2019;41(4):1140-1143.


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Residency: Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Undergraduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society

Research Currently in Progress

  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols and perioperative outcomes for head and neck free flap surgery
  • Role of Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for treatment of HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma