Dr. Rich Lin is a top Orange County orthopaedic and spine surgeon who prioritizes a conservative approach when treating a variety of cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sciatica conditions. Patient comfort is at the center of each of our treatment plans and we will provide options to each patient that are as low-risk and non-invasive as possible.

Meet Richard Lin, D.O.


Dr. Lin was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis and medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery within the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System in New York where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Lin completed his spine fellowship training at the world-renowned University of California, San Diego where he was involved in resident education and the operative management of United States Olympic athletes. During his training, he has given scientific poster presentations to the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and AOSpine North America.

Dr. Lin is the owner, founder and CEO of Orthopedic Associates of Southern California, a multi-specialty orthopedic practice in Southern California. Dr. Lin is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Medical Director of Spine Surgery at Foothill Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Lin leads an active lifestyle and enjoys playing basketball, water polo, and surfing in his spare time. He speaks English, Mandarin, and Shanghainese.

What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

Dr. Richard Lin is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. This is quite a fancy title, but there is a special meaning behind it. Osteopathic medicine is based on the philosophy that every system in the body is connected. There are no isolated symptoms in the human body.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine focus on keeping you as healthy as possible. Osteopathy emphasizes medical prevention and guiding patients to live a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. DOs receive extensive training in medical school about every aspect of the human body.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine also focus on your environment and lifestyle when treating your symptoms. They are not just giving you a quick fix; they want to help you be your best self. While some other medical practitioners may focus exclusively on symptoms, DOs look at the bigger picture of your health.

Today, more than 25% of medical students are enrolled to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. This fast-growing medical pathway is truly innovative in treating the whole patient and helping you live a healthy life.

Osteopathic Association
American Spine Society
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

Top Orange County Spine Surgeon

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