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

4.7 out of 5 (353 Ratings, 100 Comments)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

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

4.7 out of 5 (353 Ratings, 100 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

  • May 05, 2019

    Dr. Lin and the Resident accompanying him were very approachable, knowledgable, and carefully explained my spinal situation using both the MRI and x-ray. They answered our questions thoroughly and didn't seem rushed. Plus they both have a terrific sense of humor!

  • May 05, 2019

    He was very helpful. I was very happy to see him and I'm finally getting something done for my pain. So I was real pleased with him. Thank you.

  • May 03, 2019

    Everything was amazing! I wanted to thank my nurse Becca but when I woke up she was in another surgery! She was so helpful at keeping me calm and talking to me!

  • May 03, 2019

    Dr. Lin provided comprehensive and thorough and well documented evidence of my condition and the path forward in my treatment. Thank you.

  • May 02, 2019

    They we very attentive, polite and helpful. Thank you

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Yes, I was very happy with my meeting with Dr. Lin and his new intern guy. They were both very pleasant and listened to me what I had to say and made some recommendations that we're going to follow up on and I'll see him again in 6 months.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Always professional, timely and polite

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Always had good service

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Yes, my name is and I have Dr. Clifford Lin for my spine doctor. He's absolutely a-1, easy to understand, helps you, he's just perfect. I mean perfect. I'm so happy and blessed that I've had Dr. Lin as my spine doctor. He's just amazing, absolutely amazing and I would recommend him to anybody and I always do anyway, and so I want to say Dr. Lin, thank you and God bless you.You're absolutely a-1 in my book. I don't there's not enough words in the world to say how great you are and how good you are. So I hope you take care yourself and I will see you when I have trouble again. Okay, you take care yourself and take care of that special family of yours.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Well Clifford... is very... patient he he's a very nice person. Works with a person real well, I really like him he's very... he listens he pays attention to what you're talking to him about and he answers you accordingly. I really like him, he's a very nice person and yes I would recommend him with a ten.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Lin is very kind and professional. What he had to tell me was hard to hear, but he provided me the truth in a very gentle way. Dr. Lin gave me the information I needed to move forward with future decisions regarding my health issue.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Lin has always been very friendly, and answering all my questions and concerns. He did an excellent job repairing my back when I was loosing hope. I am very grateful to him.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Lin was very knowledgeable and took time to explain things and took time to answer my questions.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    I'm very happy with them. I don't need to say a whole lot, but I'm very happy. Thank you.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr Lin and his staff were very thorpugh in explaining everything and very friendly

  • Mar 22, 2019

    I like that Dr. Lynn was really good at explaining everything to me down the showing me my MRI. He explain things after after I had the surgery. He explained it really well and he took 45 to 50 minutes on my final visit with him to ask how I was doing and to test my strength and I just really appreciated him taking the time and being so kind to me and my my whole family.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Very courteous, good communication skills with patients, explains everything where you understand it. Good personality. Extremely qualified surgeon. He did the surgery on my broken neck and if it wasn’t for his expertise I would be paralyzed. He put up with my stubbornness and not following the soft food diet till I got a piece of food stuck in my throat

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Very professional doctor and his assistant and they made it very comfortable for us to talk to them. Very professional. Very nice.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    He is easy to talk to and understand, friendly and caring.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    I found the entire experience to be superior from the time I got there, to the time I got to x-ray, to the time I got to the doctor. All ran completely smoothly. I didn't have to wait and Dr. Lin was wonderful.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Vary good all staff and were pleasant and fast.Dr.Lin was very informative and showed me the xrays.All hospitals should be run like OHSU.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Dr Lin is so knowledgeable and answers my questions in a way I understand.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    I found Dr. Lin to be very personable, thorough in explaining what was going to happen, and he treated me like an intelligent human being, which is kinda nice. I thought he was great and his socks were cool.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    He seemed both knowledgeable and personable and answered my questions about a possible procedure. He presented my various options for treatment.

  • Mar 04, 2019


  • Mar 03, 2019

    Dr Lin was my back surgeon; this visit was a 6 month followup. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Each of my experiences with him presurgery, during and after surgery I walked away feeling that I'd been heard, that this doctor acted as a real human being rather than with arrogance of power that I've so often felt from other physicians. The experience of back surgery was exactly as he said it would be.When I look back over my experiences with him, I can say only that I am grateful that he is who he is.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    I only met Dr. Lin one time. He seemed quite competent and very nice. I will probably see him again.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Dr. Lin gave me a second opinion on the possibility of lower back surgery.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    All good news. 11 years out of back surgery

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Everyone was very professional and took great care of myself and my family.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    I was happy with the whole experience. Dr. Lin and his team are excellent. They answered all my questions, and were there for me every step of the way. I would recommend him highly. Thanks.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Very impressed with approach, focused questions and his honest diagnosis

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Very professional and the visit was very good. I like the doctor. I did have to wait an exceedingly long time over an hour. Thank you.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Appeared concerned and provided alternatives for me to choose.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    I felt more confident in the Dr. and decided to have my back surgery.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr. Linn is an excellent doctor. He is caring and listens to your concerns. His knowledge of the spine is excellent. Dr. Linn takes the time to listen and ask questions. I would highly recommended Dr. Linn.

  • Jan 23, 2019

    Easy to talk to and listened to my concerns, questions

  • Jan 19, 2019

    Dr. Lin is a pro.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Dr. Lin said that we are going to get to the bottom of this. I very much need to figure out why my legs aren't working normally.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Awesome was efficient on time and very good job

  • Jan 12, 2019

    We had an excellent experience with Dr Clifford Lin and his team!

  • Jan 12, 2019

    I am very, very likely to recommend him. He's very nice, very considerate, and he explains things very well and listens to me. So yes, I would definitely recommend him.

  • Dec 28, 2018


  • Dec 28, 2018

    Was 1 1/2 hours late for appointment

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Excellent service

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Everyone in the or was great, they seemed happy to be there for me and very professional. All the nurse staff was helpful at explaining the process, the anesthesiologist was really great. The whole process from start to finish went really smoothly despite my fears and anxiety about being there.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Very thorough and honest

  • Dec 09, 2018

    Good experience.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Dr. Lin was...listened very carefully to me, and we talked about the improvement I was making, and he was very knowledgeable, and we know that there's longer to wait for a nurse to rehab, and I'm comfortable with that, because I understand that, and he's such a very understanding, and I thought he was...he did a very fine job of our meet...of our meeting there. So, and I'll see him again in April, so...or May, I guess, and we'll see...and there will be more improvement, but it's slow, and...but I'm pleased with the surgery. I don't have the pain I had *

  • Dec 03, 2018

    Yes, hi. I just want to let Dr. Lin know that I think he's a very confident doctor. I enjoyed him being my doctor very much. He did a wonderful job on my back, and I definitely would recommend him to anybody my friends and neighbors. So again, thank you. So Dr. Lin, and I'll be looking forward to see him again pretty soon in the coming future. Thank you and have a good day.