Derrick T. Lin, M.D., FACS

Chief, Division of Head and Neck Oncology, MEE

Clinical Surgical Director, Center for Head and Neck Cancers, MGH

Co-Director, Cranial Base Center, MEE/MGH

Daniel Miller Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Service

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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With more than 15 years of experience in otolaryngology, Dr. Derrick Lin serves as the Division Chief of Head and Neck Oncology at Mass. Eye and Ear and is the Daniel Miller Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lin received his medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1992 before completing his residency in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1998. He completed clinical fellowships in head and neck oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He returned to Boston in 2004 to join the surgical staff at Mass. Eye and Ear and the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Now, he directs the Head and Neck Oncology Division at Mass. Eye and Ear in addition to being the Clinical Director of the Center for Head and Neck Cancers at Mass General Hospital and the Co-director of the Cranial Base Center at Mass. Eye and Ear/Mass General.

Dr. Lin has been an invited speaker at regional and national meetings and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and textbook chapters in the field. He serves as a reviewer for several journals and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports. He is the Chair of the Head and Neck Reconstructive Committee for the American Head and Neck Society, the Chair Elect of the Head and Neck Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and serves on the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology Board of Directors.

Dr. Lin’s clinical interests include head and neck cancer (including oral cavity, oropharynx, sinus, larynx), cranial base surgery, microvascular reconstruction, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, skull base tumors, head and neck reconstruction, salivary gland tumors, and robotic surgery.

Select Publications

Extent of surgery in the management of locally advanced sinonasal malignancies. Resto VR, Chan, AW, Barker F, Deschler DG, Lin DT. Head Neck. 2008 Feb; 30(2):222-9.

Surgical salvage of the oropharynx after failure of organ sparing therapy. Nichols AC, Kneuertz PJ, Mroz EA, Deschler DG, Lin DT, Emerick KS, Clark JR, Busse PW, Rocco JW. Head and Neck. 2011 Apr; 33(4):516-24.

Esthesioneuroblastoma: An update on the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital experience with craniofacial resection, proton beam radiation, and chemotherapy. Herr, MW, Rosh KV, Sethi RK, Meier, JC, Chambers KJ, Remenschneider A, Chan A, Curry WT, Barker FG, Deschler, DG, Lin DT. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2014 Feb; 75(1):58-64.

Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion in patients with olfactory neuroblastoma. Gray ST, Holbrook EH, Najm MH, Sadow PM, Curry WT, Lin DT. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surg. 2012 Jul; 147(1):147-51.

Delayed complications after anterior craniofacial resection of malignant skull base tumors. Gray ST, Lin A, Curry WT, Barker FG, Busse P, Sanan A, Deschler DG, Lin DT. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2014 Apr; 75(2):110-6.

Treatment outcomes and prognostic factors including human papillomavirus (HPV) for sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma: A retrospective review. Gray ST, Herr MW, Sethi RK, Diercks G, Lee L, Curry W, Chan A, Clark J, Holbrook EH, Rocco J, Sadow PM, Lin DT. Head Neck. 2015 Mar; 37(3):366-74.

Incidence and survival patterns of sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma in the United States. Chambers KJ, Lehmann AE, Remenschneider A, Dedmon M, Meier J, Gray ST, Lin DT. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2015 Mar; 76(2):94-100. Epub 2014 Sep 29.

Long-term functional outcomes of total glossectomy with or without total laryngectomy. Lin DT, Yarlagadda BB, Sethi RK, Feng AL, Shnayder Y, Ledgerwood LG, Diaz JA, Sinha P, Hanasono MM, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Lian TS, Patel UA, Leibowitz J, Purdy N, Starmer H, Richmon JD. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Sep 1; 141(9):797-803.

Identification of insertions in PTEN and TP53 in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma with angiogenic brain metastasis. Sadow PM, Dias-Santagata D, Zheng Z, Lin DT, Le LP, Nucera C. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2015 Dec; 22(6):L23-8. doi: 10.1530/ERC-15-0198.

A complete list of research publications can be seen at



  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Head and Neck Oncology)
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Head and Neck Oncology, Skull Base Surgery, and Microvascular Reconstruction)