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Vernon Wen-Hau Lin, M.D., Ph.D

Vernon Wen-Hau Lin, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Vernon Wen-Hau Lin is a physician at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Lin also serves on the University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty as a Professor of Neurosurgery, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Lin most recently served as a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

After receiving his B.S. in Biochemistry in 1981 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 at the University of California, Davis, Lin earned his M.D. in 1989 at U.C. Davis. He had an NIH Research Fellowship in the Pulmonary Division of the School of Medicine at U.C. Davis from 1985-86 and a medical internship from 1989-90 and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency from 1990-93 at MetroHealth Medical Center, a Case Western Reserve University Medical School Affiliated Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He also received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from U.C. Davis in 1997.

Dr Lin is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Paraplegia Society and the American Spinal Injury Association. Lin is the recipient of the Excellence Award from the American Paraplegia Society, and the 2015 recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command for support to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s Spinal Cord Injury Program.

A reviewer for a number of scientific journals, Lin is the author or coauthor of 45 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, six book chapters and 95 published abstracts or invited presentations. He has been the Editor-in-Chief for two editions of “Spinal Cord Medicine – Principles and Practice” by Demos Medical Publishing, and was the founder and organizer of a very successful review course since 1998, “Spinal Cord Medicine: An Intensive Review.” He has been awarded more than $18 million in research grants for 25 projects involving spinal cord injury and paralysis. His current research interests are Functional Magnetic Stimulation for patients with spinal cord injury and neurological diseases, spinal cord injury repair and recovery, healthcare provider shortage in the US, and access to health care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

As part of MRC’s affiliation with UMMC, Lin is tasked to fully develop inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation system of care to meet the growing needs in Mississippi and nearby regions. In collaboration with the VA, community faculty members, and other academic partners within UMMC, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program and a few relevant sub-specialty disciplines will be developed in the near-future, such as Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury.   


Areas of Expertise: 
Brain Injury
Neurological Disease
Spinal Cord Injury