Katja Lin, DVM, DACVS-SA

Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Katja Lin, DVM, DACVS-SA recently joined Summit Veterinary Surgery Service in the spring of 2020 to work alongside her good friend and resident mate, owner Dr. Justin Uhl. She has a diverse background and brings with her a variety of experience. She grew up in both New York and Minnesota and as an adult had lived in Northern California and Southern Nevada. She is just as comfortable in an urban jungle as she is on a solitary hike. 

Dr Lin graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She went on to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the same institution. She originally aspired of going into Emergency and Critical Care. However, a year in private practice at the Minnetonka Animal Hospital helped her realize that she could be her best doctor in the operating room which was the perfect blend of medicine and problem solving. 

In 2008 Dr. Lin was taken on as an Orthopedic Research Fellow at the Orthopedic Research Lab at the University of Minnesota where she started two prospective research projects. One was on the effect of non-surgical management on dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture and the other on MRI imaging of cartilage in dogs with elbow dysplasia. Both studies led to multiple presentations at national conferences and have been published in peer reviewed journals. 

In 2009 Dr. Lin was accepted into Small Animal Surgical Residency Program at the University of Minnesota, which was complete in 2012. Following her residency, Dr. Lin started the surgical department at Valley Oak Veterinary Center, a large general and specialty practice in Chico, CA. For three years she grew the practice into a successful business while enjoying the down-to-earth lifestyle of northern California. She then joined a multi-specialty practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, focusing on all three disciplines of surgery: orthopedic, soft tissue and neurology. During the four years spent in Las Vegas Dr. Lin spent a portion of each week doing mobile surgeries at dozens of practices around the Las Vegas valley. Through this experience she learned to appreciate the challenges and nuances of mobile practice and is the reason she feels Summit Veterinary Surgery Service is a good fit for her. 

Dr. Lin has a deep passion for canine musculoskeletal health. Allowing a dog to be the best and most active version of themselves is her goal for every patient. With the rapid advancements in canine orthopedics, she has committed herself to the field by staying involved though the Veterinary Orthopedic Society where she has been serving in some capacity on the board for four years. She also serves to further advance the field by being an active member on the Continuing Education Committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and most recently entering a faculty track for AO North American, a prestigious organization committed to raising the bar in teaching orthopedic surgery. 

Dr. Lin still lives in a small village outside of Las Vegas where she enjoys the desert lifestyle, spending as much time outside climbing, trail running, mountain biking and hiking with her dog Rokee. 

Dr. Lin’s publications below:

Short-term and long-term outcomes for overweight dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture treated surgically or nonsurgically. Wucherer KL, Conzemius MG, Evans R, Wilke VL.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013 May 15;242(10):1364-72 

The use of delayed gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage and T2 mapping to evaluate articular cartilage in the normal canine elbow.
Wucherer KL, Ober CP, Conzemius MG. 

Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2012 Jan-Feb;53(1):57-63