Kant Y.K. Lin, MD

Plastic Surgery
Children’s Wisconsin since 2020
  • Medical Director, Center for Craniofacial Disorders/Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery



Providing optimal care for children has inspired me through nearly 30 years of practicing medicine and surgery. Pediatric surgery demands specialized attention to a child’s distinctive anatomy, physiology and developmental trajectory. Through my training and faculty appointments at some of the top pediatric hospitals in the world, including the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Children’s Hospital at the University of Virginia, I’ve acquired a broad base of experience to identify the best approaches to treating children’s particular needs. My practice has also extended around the globe through work with Operation Smile and other surgical missions. 

In addition to my dedicated efforts in clinical care, I conduct basic science research aimed at discovering new and innovative ways to improve our current treatment methods.  Educating the next generation of physicians has also been a passion for me which is why I have been associated with University programs my entire career, most recently as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky.  I have authored over a hundred peer reviewed articles, given many lectures around the world and written several books which are used to teach other surgeons, residents and medical students about the field of craniofacial surgery and plastic surgery.

Several guiding principles define my approach to patient care.  I believe that care should be based on a continuous healing relationship and that it should be customized to reflect the patient’s needs, and the values and choices of the parents.  There should be an atmosphere of complete transparency and shared information in coming to a healing plan for the patient.  Care should be provided in an environment of comfort and support and that safety is a visible priority at all times.  Finally I believe that all caregivers should cooperate with one another with a common focus on the best interests of the patient and his/her family.


  • Plastic Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Cleft Lip Cleft Palate
  • Craniosynostosis
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Education and Awards


  • 1984, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD


  • 1989, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania - General Surgery
  • 1991, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania - Plastic Surgery


  • 1992, Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery


1980  Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society 
1980  summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania 
1984 Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society 
1985 The Student Prize, The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 
1991  Certificate of Excellence, The American Society for Aesthetic 
Plastic Surgery Inc. 
1991 First Prize – Research category, Senior Residents Conference, 
Madison, Wisconsin 
1991 Outstanding Scientific Presentation Award, Eight Annual Meeting 
Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, 
1993 Bernd Spiessl Research Award, American Society of Maxillofacial 
1994 The Sarnat Junior Award, Basic Science Research Category, 
Plastic Surgery Education Foundation Scholarship competition 
1997 Best Paper Award, The Virginia Plastic Surgery Society Annual 
1999 Best Paper Award, Virginia Chapter, American College of 
Surgeons Annual Meeting 
2005 Regent Medical Tribute Award 
2005 Academy of Distinguished Educators, School of Medicine, 
University of Virginia 
2016 Junior Investigator Award, American Cleft Palate Craniofacial 
Association Annual Meeting (sponsor for Catherine Pelland) 
2016 Editor’s Award, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research 
2017 American College of Surgeons/American Society of Plastic 
Surgeons Health Policy Scholarship 
2018 Best Presentation, Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual 

Research and publications


1981             PI    NIH Summer Research Fellowship, National Institute of Allergies  
               and Diseases (NIAID).  
               Study of Murine Oncogenic Viruses. $3000. 

1982             PI  Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  
               Study of a novel protease in leukemia cells. $3000. 

1987             PI  Plastic Surgery Education Foundation.   
               Study of rigid fixation of onlay bone grafts. $3000. 

1990             PI  Dow Corning Wright Corporation.  
               Development grant for the evaluation of alternatives to silicone gel filled mammary prostheses.  $2500. 

1990             PI  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  
       Development grant for the evaluation of alternatives to silicone gel filled mammary prostheses. $3500. 

1990             PI  John Rhea Barton Research Foundation, University of 
               Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  
               Development grant for the evaluation of alternatives to silicone gel filled mammary prostheses. $3925. 

1991             PIPlastic Surgery Education Foundation. 
       Study of Fetal Nerve Healing and Regeneration. $5000 
1992             PI Children’s Medical Center, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.   
               Study of morphologic consequences of surgical manipulation of middle cranial fossa alignment. $ 5935 

1993             PI American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.  
               Characterization of soluble factors regulating cranial suture patency. $10,000. 

1994-2003    co-PI NIH/NIDR  1 R01 DE10369-01A1.  (Roy Ogle, PI).  
       Regulation of Cranial Suture Morphogenesis.  $1,493,794 total costs 

1997             PI  Plastic Surgery Education Foundation.  
                 Fibroblast Growth Factor signaling in cranial suture cells. $5000. 

1998             PI    American Cancer Society.  
               Development of radiation induced injury model in a myocutaneous 
                     flap. $5560. 

2000            Sponsor American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. (Sunil Tholpady, PI)  
              Quantification of Force Induced Cranial Suture Fusion in a Rat Model. $7000. 

2001            Sponsor American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. (Mohammed Abdelaal, PI)   
      Bone Morphogenetic Protein Gene Therapy for prefabricated 
      osseomyocutaneous flap for reconstruction of cranial defects in a rat model. $7500. 

2012-2015   co-PI Hartwell Foundation. (Silvia Blemker, PI)   
      Improving the Lives of Children with Birth Defects through 
      Physics-based Computer Modeling.  $300,000. 

2013            PI  Mentor Corporation.  
      Use of Deferoxamine in a Rat Irradiated Breast Reconstruction Model.  $10,000. 

2014            PI  University of Virginia School of Medicine, Research and 
      Development Grant.  
      Use of Topical Deferoxamine in a Rat Irradiated Tissue Expander Model.  $16,500. 

2015-2017   co-PI NIH/NIDCD   R21DC014570-01 MFSR  (Silvia Blemker, PI) 
      MRI-Based Modeling to Understand Anatomical Basis of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction.  $250,000. 
2015-2018   co-PI NIH/NIDR  1 R34 DE025586-01 (George Christ, PI) 
    Tissue engineered skeletal muscle for craniofacial reconstruction and regeneration.  $197,500. 
2019            co-PI Plastic Surgery Foundation Pilot Research Grant (Ryan Decoster, Sponsor PI)  
            The Biomechanical Effects of Deferoxamine on irradiated soft tissue.  $10,000 


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