Faculty Profile

Edward Lin, DO

Edward Lin, DO, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Program Director, Emory Endosurgery Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Gastroesophageal Treatment Center and Esophageal Physiology Lab, The Emory Clinic

Telephone: 404.712.2196

Email: elin2@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, National Board of Nutrition Support

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2003


While Dr. Lin was a young surgeon training in New York City in the 1990s, the field of laparoscopic surgery exploded. He realized that many of the operations performed in the abdomen (liver, stomach, pancreas, and colon) could be completed with smaller incisions, thereby speeding up recovery. Since that time, he has focused on developing ways to perform these same operations in as minimally invasive a manner as possible.

He was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform endoscopic plication for gastroesophageal reflux at Emory University Hospital Midtown in June 2004; directed the development of a single incision, laparoscopic technique for resection of colon cancer; and worked with Dr. Juan Sarmiento to develop unique techniques for laparoscopic-assisted formal liver resections, such as the performance of laparoscopic hepatectomy though incisions that are much smaller than those of a standard open procedure.

Dr. Lin was the surgical director of the Emory Bariatric Center from 2006-2021. He travels academically teaching laparoscopic and endoscopy techniques, is an officially designated Lap Band proctor, mentors dozens of surgeons throughout the country, and is a leader in operations management related to surgical practice and delivery of patient care. He is an acknowledged expert in esophageal, stomach, bowel, and robotic surgery.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • Doctor of Osteopathy, Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA, 1989-1993

  • General Surgery Residency, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, NY, 1993-1995

  • General Surgery Residency, The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, 1995-1996, 1999-2001

  • Fellow, Laboratory of Nutrition and Surgical Metabolism, The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, 1996-1997 

  • Fellow, Division of Surgical Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 1997-1999 

  • Laparoscopic and GI Surgery Fellow, Division of General and GI Surgery, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA, 2001-2003

  • MBA, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Junior Surgery Residents Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2009

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Grant, 2002

  • Jameson L. Chassin Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, New York Hospital, Queens, 2000, 2001

  • Surgical Infection Society Research Grant, 1998

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Editor-in-Chief, Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care

  • Editorial Board, Bariatric Times

  • Associate Editor, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders (SOARD)

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques

Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons: Flexible Endoscopy Committee

  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

  • Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  • American Gastroenterological Association: Fellow

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress: Fellow

  • American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons

  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

  • American College of Gastroenterology

  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Clinical Interests

  • Colon cancer

  • Colonoscopy

  • Endoscopy Esophageal cancer

  • Endoscopic GERD treatment (first surgeon in U.S. to perform endoscopic plication for GERD, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 6/23/04)

  • Stomach cancer

  • Liver and pancreas surgery

  • Laparoscopic surgery

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Hemorrhoid surgery

  • Hernia surgery

Research Focus

  • Inflammatory response syndrome and metabolic alterations related to gastrointestinal surgery, with the goal of identifying biomarkers (cytokines and gut hormones) through standard molecular biology methodology as well as genomics analysis in patients undergoing surgery.

  • Participation in translational research protocols at the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center. Collaborative endeavors are undertaken with members of the Department of Medicine (endocrinology, gastroenterology, cardiology) and the Emory Bioinformatics Core (BIMCORE). Current efforts are directed at the mechanisms of diabetes resolution following bariatric surgery.

  • Endoscopic therapy-based innovations and interventions of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Mechanisms of diabetes resolution following bariatric surgery.