Daniel W. Lin, MD

Daniel W. Lin, MD
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Daniel W. Lin, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutch
  • Chief of Urologic Oncology, UW Medicine
  • Co-Chair, Surgical Oncology, Department of Urology, UW Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Pritt Family Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer Research, UW Medicine



“Educating a patient for his or her options for their cancer, about what to expect in the big picture, whether that’s about their surgery, or after surgery, or their general wellbeing later, I consider to be an important part of their care. The meaning of the word physician is teacher. I embrace that.”

— Dr. Lin

Why do you practice oncology?

Daniel Lin, MD, comes from a family of educators and physicians. He went to college thinking he could do anything. “I quickly realized that biology and the study of cancer was my calling,” he said. His father is an academic pathologist whose calling was also cancer. “I grew up hearing about tumors. In eighth grade, I wanted a picture of a tumor for a report which I thought was really cool,” Dr. Lin said.

By the time Dr. Lin went to college, he knew his calling was medicine. He enjoys what he does and in particular, the education piece. He teaches residents and medical students, but it’s the teaching of his patients that he considers most important and is the most rewarding for him. “Educating a patient for his or her options for their cancer, about what to expect in the big picture, whether that’s about their surgery, or after surgery, or their general wellbeing later, I consider that to be an important part for their care,” he said. “The meaning of the word physician is teacher. I embrace that.”

Looking at prostate cancer in general, Dr. Lin knows the future lies in what can be achieved in research. Two areas of interest for him include treatment and understanding biomarkers of prostate cancer aggressiveness, and learning how to prevent prostate cancer. “Is there something we can measure in tissue, urine, or blood, that goes beyond what we already know about the patient to understand the behavior of prostate cancer?” Dr. Lin asked.  “That can help recommend treatment or surveillance.” The other area of research interest for him is in prevention, avoiding prostate cancer to begin with, but preventing it from recurring as well. “What are you born with?” he asked. “Can we modulate your predisposition with diet or exercise? We know we are doing something to ourselves. Men in Asia particularly don’t really get much fatal prostate cancer, but when they start immigrating to this country, they start getting prostate cancer and more aggressive prostate cancers.” Many studies recognize that Japanese men are now getting more cancers similar to Caucasians.

Dr. Lin and his colleagues have done experiments with diet, specifically high-fat versus low-fat diets, over six weeks and biopsied prostates to see if they can see a difference. “The genes had favorable response to the diet,” Dr. Lin said. The question then moved to what to do with these patients and studies moved to specific foods and down to the enzyme level where Dr.  Lin and colleagues now have a study with a broccoli enzyme in pill-form that they are studying in men.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Genitourinary cancers, kidney cancer

I am a board certified urologist who specializes genitourinary oncologic surgery. I see patients at the Urology Clinic at UW Medical Center – Montlake. 

My clinical and research interests include genitourinary oncology, early detection and prevention and basic research.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University

Medical Degree
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

University of Washington, Dept. of Urology

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certification
Urology, 2003, 2013, American Board of Urology

Internship, University of Washington, Dept. of Surgery


Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Dr. Lin has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award
Dr. Lin has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.


All news
ASCO 2023 highlights: Fine-tuning cancer care Annual oncology meeting emphasizes less-toxic treatments, more precision oncology and new ways to reduce collateral damage June 9, 2023
Black men with early-stage prostate cancer can do active surveillance New study using Canary PASS data shows African American men with low-risk disease can delay radical treatment just like white men November 27, 2019
Fred Hutch receives 5 years of NCI funding to grow and maintain key prostate cancer cohort $6.7M grant will boost size, participant diversity of Canary Prostate Active Surveillance Study November 22, 2019

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