Anne Y. Lin, MD
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Anne Y. Lin, MD

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Santa Monica Surgery | 1223 16th Street, Suite 3400, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Dr. Anne Lin is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

She is a practicing colorectal surgeon and also serves as the Chief Quality Officer for the Division of General Surgery. She is also a Senior Quality Officer, leading UCLA Health’s ability to improve the value of the care delivery, using the tools of quality improvement.

Dr. Lin works closely with her patients and their families to provide patient-centered and individualized care. She is the recipient of several awards for clinical excellence including “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly and Super Doctors. Her clinical interests and expertise include colorectal and anal cancer, minimally invasive colorectal surgery (laparoscopic and robotic), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s & ulcerative colitis), HPV, and anorectal disorders.

Dr. Lin’s research interests include remote monitoring and innovative technology to improve patient engagement and quality of life, and quality improvement efforts to reduce disparities in adoption of telehealth, surgical site infections and length of stay.

Dr. Lin was recruited to join the UCLA Department of Surgery in 2011. She obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Lin attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston and general surgery residency at Brown University. She completed a colorectal research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, followed by a colorectal clinical fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 2007 to 2011 and served as the director of the Inherited Colorectal Cancer Registry. She is a member of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is actively involved with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Academic/Teaching Appointments

  • Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Colon and Rectal Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine


  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons

Patient Stories

From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year


English, Chinese - Mandarin


Medical Board Certifications

Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2008
Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2006


Colon & Rectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, 2007


Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital, 2005


Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital, 2001


MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2000



Santa Monica

Santa Monica Surgery

General Surgery| Surgical Oncology| Colon and Rectal Surgery +4 more specialties
West Los Angeles

General Surgery

General Surgery| Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology| Trauma Surgery +2 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Human papilloma virus (hpv)
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Minimally invasive colorectal surgery
Colorectal malignancy


Suspicious Polyp Removed with CELS Procedure | UCLA Colorectal Surgery
Management of Benign Anorectal Disorders



  1. Dawes AJ, Lin AY, Varghese C, Russell MM, Lin A. Mobile Health Technology for Remote Home Monitoring after Surgery: A Meta-Analysis. Br J Surg 108(11): 1304-14; 2021.
  2. Juo YY, Pensa J, Sanaiha Y, Abiri A, Sun S, Tao A, Vogel SD, Kazanjian K, Dutson E, Grundfest W, Lin A. Reducing Retraction Forces with Tactile Feedback During Robotic Total Mesorectal Excision in a Porcine Model. J Robot Surg; 2021.
  3. Zhu CY, Schumm MA, Hu TX, Nguyen DT, Kim J, Tseng CH, Lin A, Yeh M, Livhits M, Wu J. Patient-Centered Decision-making for Postoperative Narcotic-Free Endocrine Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg 156(11):e214287; 2021.
  4. Lu Y, Lin A. Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy. JAMA 325(7):702; 2021.
  5. Lu Y, Kwaan M, Lin A. Diagnosis and Treatment of Anal Fissures in 2021. JAMA 325(7):688-9; 2021.
  6. Kamdar N, Huverserian Ari, Jalilian L, Thi W, Duval V, Beck L, Brooker L, Grogan T, Lin A, Cannesson M. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Telemedicine Preoperative Evaluation Initiative at a Major Academic Medical Center. Anesth Analg 131(6): 1647-56; 2020.
  7. Kreydin E, Chaudhry Zaid, Kazanjian K, Lin A. Anal Sphincteroplasty in the Minimally Invasive Era: Assessment of National Trends and Complications, Am Surg 85(1): 46-51; 2019.
  8. Schiemer JF, Juo YY Sanaiha Y, Lin A, Kazanjian K, Lang H, Kneist W. Application of a newly designed microfork probe for robotic-guided pelvic intraoperative neuromapping. J Minim Access Surg 15(2):182-3; 2019.
  9. Russell TA, Chung H, Riad C, Reardon S, Kazanjian K, Cherry R, Hines OJ, Lin A. Implementation & Spread of an SSI Bundle Across the UCLA Surgical System. Am Surg 84(10): 1665-9; 2018.
  10. Sanaiha Y, Bailey KL, Aguayo E, Seo YJ, Dobaria V, Lin A, Benharash P. Racial Disparities in the Incidence of Pulmonary Embolism after Colectomy. Am Surg 84(10):1560-4; 2018.

In the News


  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2023, 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2023
  • Super Doctors® Southern California, Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2017-2022
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Top Doctors, Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2020-2022
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2021-2022