Clifford Lin M.D., M.A.Sc, F.R.C.S.(C)

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Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (489 Ratings, 172 Comments)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine


  • M.D., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada 2009
  • Residency:

    • Orthopaedics, University of Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Fellowship:

    • Spine surgery, University of Toronto (University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital), 2015
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2017


Dr. Lin is committed to ensuring patients receive the highest quality, patient-centered care. He specializes in the comprehensive care of spinal disease, from the cervical spine (neck) to the sacrum (tailbone). This includes degenerative conditions (disc herniation and stenosis), as well as spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis). He also has further interest in complex spinal conditions and revision surgery. Dr. Lin has advanced training in minimally invasive techniques to minimize surgical trauma and maximize recovery.

The diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions is a complex process, and Dr. Lin relies on a thorough assessment to recommend the right surgery for the right patient at the right time.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • AO Spine North America

Patient Ratings

4.6 out of 5 (489 Ratings, 172 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Dr. Lin, was very cordial, but he seemed to be frightened to. Do anything I guess out of his comfort zone or maybe, maybe he's just kind of a little too careful. I don't know. I'm I'm not fully I guess. I feel don't feel the understand him. Thank you.

  • Dec 20, 2019

    He was very good at explanation of my problem.

  • Dec 20, 2019

    Very good

  • Dec 16, 2019

    Dr. Lynn is, has great bed side manner, is very positive and I was very confident in his ability to complete the work that needs to be done and the recovery has been excellent and his input and support has been very positive to my overall health.

  • Dec 06, 2019

    Dr. Lin was very knowledgeable and explained everything thoroughly when we finally got to see him. We waited well over an hour to have ten minutes with him.

  • Dec 05, 2019

    Dr Lin is a superb surgeon and very caring and compassionate person. He performed miracle surgery on me in May

  • Dec 04, 2019

    Dr. Lin and Eliza were both attentive and caring. They listened well and presented their information clearly. They answered all of our questions thoroughly and were both quite charming.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    I have always been treated very well at OHSU... Everyone is respectful, kind and seem to have genuine concern for their patients. I feel confident in the abilities of the staff.

  • Nov 24, 2019

    He helped me to be able to walk & do many other things by implanting a device in my spine. I struggled with my back for 7 years. Went to so many other Drs. before finding Dr Lin. I had surgery within a couple of months. He’s a very caring surgeon.

  • Nov 22, 2019

    If this is in reference to Dr. Lin is very personal. He's very easy to get along with and ask all our questions and I would highly recommend him.

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Dr. Lin was delayed, and when he finally arrived he seemed very rushed. We did get through the basics of why I was there. A little more time would have been nice. He is very personable and technically very skilled.

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Very knowledgeable, very personable, very friendly.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Very personable doctor

  • Nov 13, 2019


  • Nov 12, 2019

    answered my questions!

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Dr. Lin was very clear with the procedure and expected outcome. The results have exceeded my expectations and I am very thankful for his skill and execution of my operation.

  • Oct 27, 2019

    Dr. Lin was incredibly professional thorough and took away my intense pain that I had lived in for a year with one surgery and I am now back to my old self he was enjoyable and easy to talk to and very thorough. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needed his type of service.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Dr. Lin is fantastic. But I wish he would submit my appointment summaries the same day like all my other OHSU doctors do

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Answered all of my questions was very tuned in to my feelings I'm thankful to have been able to talk with this doctor.

  • Oct 22, 2019

    Dr. Lin seems to be a thorough & thoughtful professional that makes sure his recommendations are appropriate for your care.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Dr Linn is very warm and calm. He explains procedures clearly and has excellent taste in socks and footwear

  • Oct 16, 2019

    When I visited Dr. Lin, he was very respectful. He took the time to listen to what my complaints were, what my concerns were, and what my wishes were. Dr. Lin was a very informative doctor who gave answers clearly so that even I could understand them. I would recommend this doctor to anyone who is seeking surgical advice.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    I was very impressed with Dr. Lin and the attending resident Dr. Robbins. Dr. Lin was very thorough and was very forthcoming in discussing my condition. He was positive and reassuring about my fears for having surgery and/or not having surgery. I look forward to working with him in the future.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    This is probably the nicest meeting with the doctor that I've ever had in my life. I'm 82 years old. It was the most Pleasant thing I've ever been through. So he's he's really really really nice. So I can say thank you.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Dr Lin Is a great dr but he’s runs late . Doese great job when he see you and takes his time

  • Oct 03, 2019

    Dr. Lin throughout my care has been patient, informative and kind. I have had multiple surgeries in the past 6 years and though my providers have been also caring, Dr. Lin is exceptional.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    He's very kind, he listens well. and I you just trust He's a good man. Thank you.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    It was very informative and professional

  • Sep 27, 2019

    This is only the third time I’ve seen Dr. Lin, but I must say that he is efficient and REALLY listens to what you say. He’s also very pleasant and bedside manner is very important to me.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    I feel like it would have been more professional if you looked at my x-ray, and my MRI, went over it with me, showed me the difference. I asked that and I was not granted that.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    Fast and respectful service

  • Sep 25, 2019

    I had to change my insurance to see Dr. Lin. I prepared for days. Dr. Lin was very rude and just did a 180 on me compared to the nice visit before. I cried all the way home.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    The doctor is a very caring person and listens to all of your concerns and takes the time to explain what is necessary and answers your questions. I feel very fortunate to have him as a doctor.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    very professional,surgery on my back was successful thanks to Dr Lin. Uses words you can understand about complicated procedures. Thanks Dr Lin!!

  • Sep 15, 2019

    Yes, he had done surgery all I met before and I was real has it was the way it came out that was like a year ago. I love working with you on your back surgery cover it out. And I really like you and I respect you and I trust you. I know I have no just cover it with him or what he does. So, yeah, I think it's great.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Absolutely amazing! Made me feel comfortable and like I mattered. Excellent experience from start to finish.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    He ordered xrays, CT & MRI. Now I have to wait another month after the images instead of his office ordering them in advance while I waited the 5 weeks for this appointment. It just seems like it should of been done in advance.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    First meeting - it was fine.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Very thorough and professional.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Good people easy to work with but the place was Too hard to get to

  • Aug 23, 2019

    I found Dr. Lin to be extremely knowledgeable and provided me with information about my back condition, that has gone undiagnosed for decades. So I was quite impressed that he was able to comprehensively identify the problem, and not only did he identify the problem, but his diagnosis fit directly in line with my symptoms.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Dr Lin is wonderful. He is positive, thorough and explains things very well. I never left feeling like I had questions or didn't understand what he was saying or wanted me to do to continue in my progress for good health. I was in a very bad way when I first saw him and he gave me such hope while waiting for surgery and after that I was going to be ok. It was a scary time for me and I feel so blessed that I ended up with a surgeon who is not only good at what he does but really cares about me and my health.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    My experience was excellent. Everybody was just wonderful. I was treated with respect and dignity and everything was fast, and I'm so happy. Thank you.

  • Aug 19, 2019

    Dr Lin answered my questions, reviewed my MRI, provided info regarding possible futureneeds and made me feel comfortable with current procedures. The waiting time was excessive but that can happen sometimes and it did not affect the time nor attention Dr Lin gave me.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    Dr. Lin has given me a new lease on life. I've told him that every time I've seen him since the operation. He's he's just been wonderful. I I can't say enough good things about the fellow. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    Dr. Lin was, and his interns were extremely helpful, and I had a great experience, and I just want to thank him so much.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    He is super wonderful. Listens carefully, very supportive, allows me to be in charge of my medical destiny. I am so thankful I was referred to Dr Linn. Staff friendly and helpful. Couldn't ask for better experience. So glad to be well but will miss Dr Linn.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Very very good I love that the doctors listen to me instead of treating me like I don't know anything & don't know my own body. Thank you very much.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    I was pleased that I actually saw 2 physicians, one was an associate of Dr. Lin, then Dr. Lin as well. Both answered my many questions patiently, even knowing that I had another surgeon and this was a second opinion.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    verry good.God Bless OHSU