Sandra Lin, MD, FARS, FAAOA


  • Chair of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Sandra Lin, MD is Professor and Chair of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery. Prior to her move to the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Lin spent 20 years in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology where she held multiple leadership roles such as Senior Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.



  • MD, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, IL
  • Resident, Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


  • 2018 recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Presidential Award
  • 2019 recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Presidential Award

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Lin is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.  Her clinical practice is focus on sinusitis and allergic rhinitis.  She has expertise in chronic sinusitis in patients with cystic fibrosis and immunodeficiencies, as well as in sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT, allergy drops) for environmental inhalant allergies.

Research Interests

Dr. Lin’s research efforts are focused on the relationship of olfaction (smell) to cognitive decline, the effectiveness of allergy immunotherapy, and sinusitis in cystic fibrosis patients.

Recent Publications

  • Evaluation and treatment of rhinosinusitis with primary antibody deficiency in adults: Evidence-based review with recommendations.
    Makary CA, Luong AU, Azar A, Kim J, Ahmed OG, Chaaban MR, Damask CC, Hannikainen P, Joe S, Lam K, Peppers BP, Peters AT, Toskala E, Lin SY
    Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2023 Dec; 13(12): 2205-2230
    [PubMed ID: 37300852]

  • Are rhinitis and Eustachian tube dysfunction associated in United States adolescents?
    Adams DR, Rowan NR, Lin SY, Pinto JM, Roxbury CR
    Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2023 Apr; 167: 111511
    [PubMed ID: 36933343]

  • International consensus statement on allergy and rhinology: Allergic rhinitis - 2023.
    Wise SK, Damask C, Roland LT, Ebert C, Levy JM, Lin S, Luong A, Rodriguez K, Sedaghat AR, Toskala E, Villwock J, Abdullah B, Akdis C, Alt JA, Ansotegui IJ, Azar A, Baroody F, Benninger MS, Bernstein J, Brook C, Campbell R, Casale T, Chaaban MR, Chew FT, Chambliss J, Cianferoni A, Custovic A, Davis EM, DelGaudio JM, Ellis AK, Flanagan C, Fokkens WJ, Franzese C, Greenhawt M, Gill A, Halderman A, Hohlfeld JM, Incorvaia C, Joe SA, Joshi S, Kuruvilla ME, Kim J, Klein AM, Krouse HJ, Kuan EC, Lang D, Larenas-Linnemann D, Laury AM, Lechner M, Lee SE, Lee VS, Loftus P, Marcus S, Marzouk H, Mattos J, McCoul E, Melen E, Mims JW, Mullol J, Nayak JV, Oppenheimer J, Orlandi RR, Phillips K, Platt M, Ramanathan M, Raymond M, Rhee CS, Reitsma S, Ryan M, Sastre J, Schlosser RJ, Schuman TA, Shaker MS, Sheikh A, Smith KA, Soyka MB, Takashima M, Tang M, Tantilipikorn P, Taw MB, Tversky J, Tyler MA, Veling MC, Wallace D, Wang Y, White A, Zhang L
    Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2023 Apr; 13(4): 293-859
    [PubMed ID: 36878860]

  • Factors related to wellness and burnout in academic otolaryngology: A pre- and Post-COVID-19 analysis.
    Yesantharao LV, Joo H, Wei EX, Lin SY, Vohra V, Agrawal Y, Galaiya D
    Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2023 Apr; 8(2): 409-416
    [PubMed ID: 37090875]

  • Climate change, the environment, and rhinologic disease.
    Kim J, Waugh DW, Zaitchik BF, Luong A, Bergmark R, Lam K, Roland L, Levy J, Lee JT, Cho DY, Ramanathan M, Baroody F, Takashima M, O'Brien D, Lin SY, Joe S, Chaaban MR, Butrymowicz A, Smith S, Mullings W
    Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2023 May; 13(5): 865-876
    [PubMed ID: 36575965]

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