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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.

Technological imbalance: Seeking a small-caliber duodenoscope. Lin, TK; Barth, B; Fishman, DS; Fox, VL; Giefer, MJ; Gugig, R; Kramer, RE; Liu, QY; Mamula, P; McOmber, ME; et al. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2022.

Analysis of INSPPIRE-2 Cohort: Risk Factors and Disease Burden in Children with Acute Recurrent or Chronic Pancreatitis. Uc, A; Cress, G; Wang, F; Abu-El-Haija, MA; Ellery, KM; Fishman, DS; Gariepy, CE; Gonska, T; Lin, TK; Liu, Q; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2022.

Interventional endoscopy for abdominal transplant patients. Lin, TK; Abu-El-Haija, M; Gurria, JP; Saad, M; Vitale, DS. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2022; 31.

Ultrasound findings of acute pancreatitis in children. Trout, AT; Patel, R; Nathan, JD; Lin, TK; Vitale, DS; Nasr, A; Zhang, B; Abu-El-Haija, M. Pediatric Radiology. 2022.

Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography vs Endoscopy Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography for Detection of Anatomic Variants of the Pancreatic Duct in Children. Lin, TK; Vitale, DS; Abu-El-Haija, M; Anton, CG; Crotty, E; Li, Y; Zhang, B; Trout, AT. Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 244:120-124.

Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Acute Recurrent or Chronic Pancreatitis: Association With Biopsychosocial Risk Factors. Tham, SW; Wang, F; Gariepy, CE; Cress, GA; Abu-El-Haija, MA; Bellin, MD; Ellery, KM; Fishman, DS; Gonska, T; Heyman, MB; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2022; 74:636-642.

Is There a Benefit From Islet Autotransplantation in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing Total Pancreatectomy?. Mun, KS; Nathan, JD; Lin, TK; Elder, DA; Jegga, AG; Naren, AP; Abu-El-Haija, M. Pancreas. 2022; 51:399-403.

Matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in pediatric severe acute pancreatitis. Vitale, DS; Lahni, P; Hornung, L; Thompson, T; Farrell, PR; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Wong, HR; Abu-El-Haija, M. PLoS ONE. 2022; 17.

Predictors of Glycemic Outcomes at 1 Year Following Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation. Swauger, SE; Hornung, LN; Elder, DA; Balamurugan, AN; Vitale, DS; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Abu-El-Haija, M. Diabetes Care. 2022; 45:295-302.

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