Dr. Kristie Lin, M.D
Dr. Kristie Lin

California Retina
160 E. Artesia St. Suite 140, Pomona, CA, 91767

Kristie Lin is a board-certified physician who specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of adult and pediatric retinal disorders. She graduated with honors in microbiology from the University of California at Davis. She went on to receive her medical degree from the highly prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which has consistently been ranked one of the nation’s top medical schools by U.S. News and World Report.

During her ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College, she was chosen to be Chief Resident. In this position, Dr. Lin led the residents in their tasks for the needs of the department and the community. Dr. Lin then was awarded the privilege of training in vitreoretinal surgery as a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She trained with the world-renowned Dr. Tatsuo Hirose and Dr. Arnold Kroll, pioneers of surgical and pediatric retina.

Prior to relocating back to her native California, Dr. Lin was practicing surgical retina in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was also an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was actively teaching Yale medical students and worked with the Yale ophthalmology residents and fellows.

Dr. Lin has received various research fellowships including the Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Soros Service for Community Health Fellowship, Margaret and Robert Weiss, MD Endowed Scholarship, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dean’s Research Scholarship.

Dr. Lin has published many peer-reviewed articles and has presented at conferences throughout the nation. She is an expert in the management of age-related macular degeneration, complex retinal detachments, diabetic retionpathy, macular hole, retinal vein occlusions, epiretinal membranes and retinopathy of prematurity.  She provides the highest level of care for her patients integrating cutting-edge surgical treatments while treating them with compassion, dignity and respect.

Dr. Lin is board-certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Women in Ophthalmology. She is also fluent in Cantonese, Spanish, and Mandarin. Dr. Lin resides in Pasadena and enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Kristie was awarded Pasadena Top Doctor for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017



Qualifications & Experience
Fellowship-Harvard University
Residency- New York Medical College
Medical School - John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Undergraduate - University of California at Davis

“I feel like I am in the best care with Dr. Lin. I have many types of specialty doctors regarding my health problems and I want the best care that I can get. I think she is a very caring doctor.”

G.W. 6/04/18

“Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor. She fixed my very difficult eye problem. She is a joy to have as an eye Dr.  I actually look forward to my visits and I am not one that feels comfortable at doctor’s offices.  I would recommend her to everyone that has problems with their retina.”

K.W. 04/16/18

“Excellent experience!  Dr. Lin provides very personalized medical care.  I was an emergency patient, in that I needed immediate care and surgery.  Dr. Kristie Lin provided that within hours on a holiday weekend and then provided extensive and excellent follow-up care.  Dr. Kristie Lin is a very caring person, extremely knowledgeable, and tries to get to know the overall health of her patient so that she is able to provide the best quality of care possible.”  

(W.R.) 4/9/18