Dr. Karen Lin, MD


Ear, Nose, and Throat | Female

Seattle Ear Nose & Throat 10330 Meridian Ave N Ste 220 Seattle, WA 98133 Get Directions
Dr. Karen Lin, MD
Dr. Karen Lin, MD is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. She is 42 years old and has been practicing for 16 years. Dr. Lin is affiliated with Seattle Children's Hospital and Northwest Hospital and Medical Center.

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Patient Comments (8)
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Lin was thorough in her examination, knew at a glance that my lichen planus was drug induced, and answered all my questions in depth and at a level I could understand. I'm in good hands with her.
in Seattle, WA |
My visit with Dr. Lin is hands down one of the worst experiences I've ever had with a dr. She barely listened to me, when she diagnosed me with TMJ I told her I'd already been trying to treat it w/ meds from a different condition (diazapam, oxycodone 5mg etc) that the oxy keeps the pain calm but for the one day I waited on a refill I ended up in the ER. She told me to use a warm towel on my ear and showed me the door. Zero compassion, horrible bedside manner, couldn't care less about me.
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Lin should never be allowed to work with children. I asked her staff specifically if she was good with pediatrics & she said she would take her own child. Her bedside manner was robotic & harsh. She has no business explaining a procedure to a 10 year old girl. My daughter left her office crying after a 5 min. visit. Very unfortunate. We would never go back!!
in Issaquah, WA |
Another worthless ENT in Seattle. What is up with these ENT doctors who have no clue how to relieve and treat ear congestion??? They are just worthless and Lin is no better than the other 4 I have seen. The best Dr I have seen was a naturopath who has helped slightly but at least is trying
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Lin made getting my tonsils removed as comfortable and easy as is possible. While the recovery from this surgery is always extremely painful no matter what, she instructed me well on how best to treat my body post-op, and was encouraging in her phone call checkins the day after the surgery. I am now able to live a higher quality of life, thanks to Dr. Lin and her team's expert care.
in Poulsbo, WA |
I've seen a number of ENTs since I was young. I was impressed with Dr. Lin's knowledge and expertise - and her manner, which is important! She scoped me to look at my vocal cords and carefully explained exactly what to expect. I have had the procedure a number of times, so I was quite familiar with it. Her skill was impressive and she was thorough. I sing, so it is important to me to maintain vocal cord health. Very easy to make an appointment, pleasant staff, pleasant/skilled doctor. A+++!
Seattle |
This doctor caused me a lot of pain and improperly billed for the procedure, dishonest practice and improper care. Would not recommend to anyone. They also misspelled my name on the bill-- do not pay attention to details, that's alarming.
in Seattle, WA |
Very comfortable person to communicae with and I trust her judgement. The surgery was challenging but went really well. I wish I had gone to see her years ago.
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  •  Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
  •  Board certified in Otolaryngology
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  • Otolaryngology

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Lip Cancer
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • TMJ
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


  • Medical School
    Georgetown University

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    New York University Med Center Tisch Hospital

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    New York University Med Center Tisch Hospital

    Completed in 2006

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Washington

    Graduated in 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin

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  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Uvulectomy
  • Wound Repair