Grace A. Lin, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Grace A. Lin, MD, MAS is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, where her research focuses on resource utilization, appropriateness of care, shared decision-making, and the measurement of the quality of the decision-making process, particularly in cardiology. She is also practices general internal medicine, as well as being actively involved in teaching medical students and residents at UCSF.

Dr. Lin’s current research projects focus on improving quality of care through helping patients and physicians make high quality decisions that are reflective of both evidence from the literature and the patient’s individual values. She has published both quantitative and qualitative research in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Medical Care, and serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Current projects include examining how well physicians adhere to guidelines, examining patterns of care in large registries and databases, investigating the effects of implementing patient decision aids into primary care practice, and developing a metric that can be used to assess the quality of decision-making in patients with cardiac disease.

Dr. Lin received her MD from the University of Michigan, and her Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from UCSF. She has received a Young Investigator Award and a career development award from the American Heart Association for her work examining the appropriateness of care in patients with coronary artery disease. She currently holds a career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


1. Lin GA, Redberg RF. Addressing Overuse of Medical Services One Decision at a Time. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul 1;175(7):1092-3.

2. Duseja R, Bardach NS, Lin GA, Yazdany J, Dean ML, Clay TH, Boscardin WJ, Dudley RA. Revisit rates and associated costs after an emergency department encounter: a multistate analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jun 2;162(11):750-6.

3. Yazdany J, Dudley RA, Chen R, Lin GA, Tseng CW. Coverage for high-cost specialty drugs for rheumatoid arthritis in Medicare Part D. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jun;67(6):1474-80.

4. Chen CL, Lin GA, Bardach NS, Clay TH, Boscardin WJ, Gelb AW, Maze M, Gropper MA, Dudley RA. Preoperative medical testing in Medicare patients undergoing cataract surgery. N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 16;372(16):1530-8.

5. Lin GA, Harris IS. Can appropriate use criteria lead to appropriate care? Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Jan;8(1):4-5. Epub 2015 Jan 6.

6. Lin GA, Redberg RF, Anderson HV, Shaw RE, Milford-Beland S, Peterson ED, Rao SV, Werner RM, Dudley RA. Impact of changes in clinical practice guidelines on assessment of quality of care. Med Care. 2010 Aug; 48(8):733-8.

7. Lin GA, Aaronson DS, Knight SJ, Carroll PR, Dudley RA. Patient decision aids for prostate cancer treatment: a systematic review of the literature. CA Cancer J Clin. 2009 Nov-Dec; 59(6):379-90.
8. Lin GA, Dudley RA. Patient-centered care: what is the best measuring stick? Arch Intern Med. 2009 Sep 28; 169(17):1551-3.
9. Lin GA, Redberg RF. Use of stress testing prior to percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2009 Sep; 7(9):1061-6.
10. Lin GA, Dudley RA, Lucas FL, Malenka DJ, Vittinghoff E, Redberg RF. Frequency of stress testing to document ischemia prior to elective percutaneous coronary intervention. JAMA. 2008 Oct 15; 300(15):1765-73.
11. Lin GA, Dudley RA, Redberg RF. Why physicians favor use of percutaneous coronary intervention to medical therapy: a focus group study. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1458-63.
12. Lin GA, Dudley RA, Redberg RF. Cardiologists' use of percutaneous coronary interventions for stable coronary artery disease. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Aug 13-27; 167(15):1604-9.
13. Lin GA, Beck DC, Stewart AL, Garbutt JM. Resident perceptions of the impact of work hour limitations. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jul; 22(7):969-75.
14. Lin GA, Beck DC, Garbutt JM. Residents' perceptions of the effects of work hour limitations at a large teaching hospital. Acad Med. 2006 Jan; 81(1):63-7.
Selected Projects: 
  • Measuring Decision Quality in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease
  • Knowledge, Information-seeking, and Decision-making Processes of Medicare Patients Undergoing Cardiac Procedures
  • Inventory and Prioritization of Measures to Support the Growing Effort in Transparency Using All-Payer Claims Databases