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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations


Cole Eye Institute, Akron

1 Park West Blvd.
Akron, OH 44320

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Intravitreal Injections for Retinal Disease
  • Laser for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Lens-sparing Vitrectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • New Experimental Treatment Technologies
  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Noninvasive Ocular Ultrasound
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Scleral Buckle
  • Sutureless (Small Gauge) Retinal Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Birdshot Chorioretinopathy
  • Choroiditis
  • Cystoid Macular Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Epiretinal Membranes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Inflammations
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Sarcoidosis
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis
  • Traumatic Retinal Detachment
  • Uveitis
  • Vitritis
  • Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome
View all 22 Specialties +


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About Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD

Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD, graduated summa cum laude, Biochemistry, from Washington University, AOA with Honors from the MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois, then completed ophthalmology residency at UCSF, a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Duke University, and a uveitis fellowship at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University. At Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she performs clinical care in ocular inflammatory and retinal diseases, vitreoretinal surgery, educates residents and fellows, and performs research identifying novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of ocular inflammatory disease and macular degeneration. Specifically, her lab utilizes animal models of uveitis (an inflammatory condition of the middle lining of the eye) to address several pathways: leukocyte migration in autoimmune uveitis, immune regulation as a target for autoimmune uveitis, and the role of the mammalian commensal intestinal microbiota in intestinal immunity and systemic immunity affecting the development and mitigation of ocular inflammation. Dr. Lin’s lab is also investigating the impact of an intestinal dysbiosis that occurs in age-related macular degeneration, a disease that is caused by disruptions in innate immunity and fatty acid metabolism. She has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and books.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR USA

Fellowship - Duke University
Vitreoretinal surgery
Durham, NC USA

Residency - UCSF Ophthalmology
San Francisco, CA USA

Internship - MacNeal Hospital
Transitional Year Program
Berwyn, IL USA

Graduate School - University of Illinois
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - University of Illinois
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Washington University in St. Louis


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Uveitis/Retinal diseases and surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Achievement award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program
  • Resident teaching award
  • Emerging vision scientist for National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
  • Faculty employee appreciation award (faculty nominated)
  • Ronald G. Michels Fellowship
  • Heed Foundation Fellowship
  • Langer award
  • National Eye Institute Travel Award Grant
  • Hogan Garcia Award
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/9/2024, Dr. Lin has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Lin receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Bausch and Lomb

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

232 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

I hope that Dr. Lin is feeling better. I am thankful to her skill for repairing my retina and closely monitoring my recovery and ongoing vision.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Lin, (eye Dr.) Is very kind, smart and thorough. How er always rushed , and talks so fast.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Lin is a highly competent doctor who explains her findings and possible treatments well. I feel well cared for by her.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Very friendly and knowledgeable. Even though I was diagnosed several years ago I did have any previous education about my condition. Doctor Lin took time to explain my diagnosis and offered suggestions for what I could do to minimize possible further damage.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Very disappointed. Dr. Linn was running over an hour behind. She appeared frustrated with the questions I asked and not caring at all. The nurse was much more helpful and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

She's awesome, but most she talks over my level of knowledge, so makes it difficult for me to understand. I don't know the differences in what eye injections I'm getting, so I just have to trust her level of expertise. She tends to get "frustrated" with me for not being able to keep up with her.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

I think Dr. Lin is the best, so despite all the less then positive comments, I totally trust that she is doing the best she can to improve my vision. She does really care.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr Lin, doesn't take the time to explain what is going on, She never washes her hands before exam,. I would like to ask why they don't have proper equipment in the room.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Had to wait several weeks to see the doctor after referrals by other ophthalmologists for an ongoing inflammation of my eyes.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Doctor was having a very busy day but took the time to listen and respond to my concerns. Did a thorough assessment and a plan of action. I feel she was very focused and caring.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

This provider met all my expectations.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr.Lin and the entire staff were very thorough and informative

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Lin and the team caring for patients with macular degeneration work cohesively to provide exceptional care. Dr. Lin has established protocol that provides successful treatment and instills confidence in her patients. I am privileged to have her provide care for me.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Lin is very caring and thoughtful. Her expertise is beyond excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023

100% happy with my provider and the staff. Will definitely recommend.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

I am very fortunate to have found Dr Lin. She has always listened to my concerns and explained everything that I was concerned about.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

I count myself as blessed to be under the care of Dr Phoebe Lin, she is kind, gentle and professional and knowledgeable and takes time and care with me.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

The best physician with the best staff! Her kindness is only exceeded by her professional expertise. She is a keeper!

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

She's a great retina specialist and knows her stuff.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Actually, wonderful. I have complete confidence in Dr Lin and the other Doctors and technical specialists.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

It's been a wonderful experience overall. And I have had to contact Dr Lin's office twice for instructions for my eye care. Both times, it was easy and I received a prompt response with helpful instructions for care of the problem.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr. Lin is professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. I could not have made the progress with my retinal disease If not for her multiple and patient Intrvention.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

My care provider is very knowledgeable and professional

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Lin is an EXCELLENT caregiver.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

She was excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Everyone was helpful and kept me informed of what was happening and why. Dr Phoebe Lin, Dr Will, and med student Christie were terrific! Attentive and efficient. Thank you all

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr Lin was extremely pleasant, very professional and very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and concerns. I look forward to my next scheduled appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

The bad is they made me an appointment with Dr See.I was suppose to be with a retinal doctor So dr see and his staff were great and did what they could and communicated with Dr Lin to get us in that day as we drove 6 hours there.Dr Lin and her assistant Dr Edwards I believe went over and beyond for me.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

She's a wonderful/exceptional doctor and knows her stuff and I totally trust her. She is also very friendly. But she never actually sits down, looks you in the eye, and has any kind of discussion about my eye health and treatment. She already knows what she needs/wants to do - which Is good for my eye health and is her strength. It's difficult for her to shift her dialogue down to my "street" level. Most of the time I only see the back of her head while she's typing in stuff on her laptop.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023


Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Linn is fantastic- highly recommended. She is always very helpful, concenred and seems to know what is going on with me.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

It's been a long journey in dealing with this eye issue. Dr. Lin has been there the whole time and has had many others to assist when needed. She has done a great job getting me back to good health free of the major pain I was having. Glad to have her as my doctor and advocate.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Lin reviewed scans and informed me that she would initiate a new pharmaceutical on my next visit. She stated the new med would require pre-authorization. She made the referral for pre-auth and I was notified within 48 hours of the approval for the medication to be injected on my next visit.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Very professional with great bed side manner. I am lucky to have been reffered to Lin as she well educated and actually listens to your concerns. She has improved my quality of life drastically. I can't thank her and her team enough!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr. Herself seemed very rushed.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Doctor talked to me about the situation - her success in treatment - her proposal for what's next !

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Doctors and staff helpful , competent , congenial. Follow-up persons need more training.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr. Lin is by far one of the best Doctors I've ever had.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Since the first time of injection I felt a little nervous at first but was put at ease with all the staff and Dr Lin with explanation of proceedure through the whole time

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Love Dr. Lin and her assistant.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Outstanding -- Dr Lin!!Evidence oriented, way smart, thorough, plain speaking, amazing medical knowledge. Inspires confidence.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. Lin is phenomenal. Always very friendly, and talks to both me and my wife about issues, care, etc. She is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

The wait to see Dr. Linn was excessively long (2 hours). It seems to me that this is a system flaw that needs corrected being that she's the only retina specialist/ophthalmologist seeing patients at the Akron office.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr reiterated what the nurse reported about my case and the reason for my visit. She studied my first set of X-rays and discovered something, and send me for a second set of X-rays, which I was very thankful for the thorough TX I do receive at the Cleveland Clinic from all providers. A care would never receive here at home.

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