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Tom K. Lin, MD

  • Director, Endoscopy and Pancreas Care Center
  • Co-Director of Endoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My greatest clinical interest is therapeutic endoscopy and taking care of children with pancreaticobiliary disorders, including children with diseases of the pancreas.



My introduction to the care of children during medical school sparked my interest in pediatrics. I come from a family of physicians, and I admire the resiliency and optimism of children. During residency training, I was drawn toward specialization in gastroenterology. My patience and technical interests then led me to pursue advanced training in interventional endoscopy. That expertise has guided my dedication to the care of children with pancreaticobiliary disease.

As associate director of the Pancreas Care Center, I care for children with pancreas diseases ranging from pancreatitis to rare, complex disorders of the pancreas. This level of care encompasses medical and endoscopic management, including children requiring presurgical and postsurgical care.

I pay close attention to details, and I am patient and understanding with patients and families. I feel it is very important to collaborate with other specialists and care providers to optimize the overall care of my patients.

I am closely involved with the endoscopic training of the next generation of pediatric gastroenterologists. I help lead endoscopic safety and quality improvement within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as co-director of endoscopy and director of the newly established Interventional Endoscopy Center. In my research, I try to improve understanding of the endoscopic therapies that help children.

Every day I’m reminded of why I chose to dedicate my efforts to the care of children. This is what motivates me, and this is why I do what I do.

In my free time, I enjoy watching Marvel superhero movies—I’ve been a Marvel fan since my own childhood.


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Normograms for the Extrahepatic Bile Duct Diameter in Children. Feng, A; O'hara, SM; Gupta, R; Fei, L; Lin, TK. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2017; 64:e61-e64.

Cytokine Profile Elevations on Admission Can Determine Risks of Severe Acute Pancreatitis in Children. Farrell, PR; Jones, EK; Hornung, L; Thompson, T; Patel, J; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Vitale, DS; Habtezion, A; Abu-El-Haija, M. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 238:33-41.e4.

Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation reduces resource utilization in pediatric patients. Kassam, AF; Cortez, AR; Johnston, ME; Zang, H; Fei, L; Lin, TK; Abu-El-Haija, M; Nathan, JD. American Journal of Surgery. 2021; 222:786-792.

Use of glue embolization in management of traumatic bile leak: A case report. Pulliam, K; Kotagal, M; Lin, TK; Patel, MN. Trauma Case Reports. 2021; 33.

Trends in Pediatric Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography and Interventional Endoscopy. Vitale, DS; Lin, TK. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:10-12.

Clinical Outcomes Following Therapeutic Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Children With Pancreas Divisum. Lin, TK; Pathak, SJ; Vitale, DS; Nathan, JD; Abu-El-Haija, M. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 72:300-305.

Pediatric Endoscopy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Addressing the Implications of Universal Preprocedural Testing for PPE Utilization. Hsu, EK; Ambartsumyan, L; Wahbeh, GT; Zerr, DM; Lin, TK. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 72:e25-e26.

Imaging prediction of islet yield and post-operative insulin requirement in children undergoing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation. Trout, AT; Nolan, HR; Abu-El-Haija, M; Fei, L; Lin, TK; Elder, DA; Nathan, JD. Pancreatology. 2021; 21:269-274.

Who's at Risk? A Prognostic Model for Severity Prediction in Pediatric Acute Pancreatitis. Farrell, PR; Hornung, L; Farmer, P; DesPain, AW; Kim, E; Pearman, R; Neway, B; Serrette, A; Sehgal, S; Heubi, JE; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2020; 71:536-542.

Drug induced pancreatitis is the leading known cause of first attack acute pancreatitis in children. Abu-El-Haija, M; Hornung, L; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Thompson, T; Vitale, DS; Nasr, A; Husain, SZ; Denson, L. Pancreatology. 2020; 20:1103-1108.

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