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William W. Lin MD FACS


William W. Lin MD FACS

Dr. Lin received his medical training at Northwestern University Medical School after spending four years in art studies at Williams College in Massachusetts as an Art Major. He continued his training with the prestigious Baylor Urology program at the Texas Medical Center. While there, he met Dr. Larry Lipschultz, one of the pioneers in male infertility. Dr. Lipschultz’ mentoring proved to be instrumental in his decision to go into male reproductive medicine and surgery. He stayed on at Baylor for a fellowship with Dr. Lipschultz. After completing his fellowship, he moved back to Chicago to be on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as an assistant professor in clinical urology at Northwestern University Medical School and a Clinical Associate with the University of Chicago Department of Surgery.

During his training, Dr. Lin was highly prolific in research, specifically looking at men's genomic stability with fertility issues. He has continued his research, focusing now on the impact of varicoceles on men’s health issues beyond male infertility. 

Dr. Lin recently became one of the first urologists in the Midwest to offer the Aquablation Therapy procedure to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Aquablation therapy uses the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide long-lasting BPH relief without compromise. It is precise, consistent, and predictable, and provides long-term relief no matter how large your prostate. Click here for more information on Aquablation Therapy. 


"I believe in a holistic approach to the fertility concerns modern couples face. It goes beyond just looking at medical factors. Lifestyle issues, as innocent as phone use, may be indirectly contributing to make fertility issues. They certainly cannot be overlooked." - Dr. William Lin


Hospital Affiliation
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL

Education and Training

1999 - 2000
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas United States
Fellowship - Male Reproductive Medicine
1995 - 1999
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas United States
Residency - Urology
1993 - 1995
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas United States
Residency - General Surgery
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois United States
Doctor of Medicine
International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery , ,
Student Research Fellowship
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois United States
Bachelor of Arts - Chemistry and Fine Arts
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusettes United States
Fellowship - Organic Chemistry

American Board of Urology
Illinois State Medical License

American Urological Association
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Society for the Study of Male Reproduction
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Illinois State Urological Society
Chicago Urological Society
American Association of Clinical Urologists

Special Interests
Male Infertility
Robotic Vasectomy Reversal
Robotic Prostatectomy
Robotic Nephrectomy
Robotic Pyeloplasty
Laparoscopic Surgery

Diagnosis of varicoceles in men undergoing vasectomy may lead to earlier detection of hypogonadism

Liu JS, Jones M, Casey JT, Fuchs AB, Cashy J, Lin WW Urology. 2014 Jan; 83(6): 1322-1325. PMID: 24726152 ISSN: 0090-4295

The use of adhesion barrier film as an alternative to omental wrap in open ureterolysis

Hartman RJ, Helfand BT, Lin WW Canadian Journal of Urology. 2013 Dec; 20(6): 7064-7066. PMID: 24331350 ISSN: 1195-9479

Intra-operative pubic arch interference during prostate seed brachytherapy in patients with CT-based pubic arch interference of ≤1 cm

Sejpal SV, Sathiaseelan V, Helenowski IB, Kozlowski JM, Carter MF, Nadler RB, Dalton DP, McVary KT, Lin WW, Garnett JE, Kalapurakal JA Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2009 May; 91(2): 249-254. ISSN: 0167-8140

Case report: Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation-induced perinephric hematoma with acute renal failure in a solitary kidney

Zhao LC, Chan SW, MacEjko AM, Lin WW Journal of Endourology. 2008 Jul; 22(7): 1463-1465. PMID: 18690812 ISSN: 0892-7790

Safety and efficacy of 12-mm radial dilating ports for laparoscopic access

Rubenstein JN, Blunt LW, Lin WW, User HM, Nadler RB, Gonzalez CM BJU International. 2003 Aug; 92(3): 327-329. ISSN: 1464-4096

Diagnosis and treatment of the azoospermic patient.

Lin WW Current urology reports. 2001 Jan; 2(6): 448-452. PMID: 12084230 ISSN: 1527-2737

Axillary-Popliteal Artery Bypass Provides Successful Limb Salvage After Removal of Infected Aortofemoral Grafts

McCarthy WJ, McGee GS, Lin WW, Pearce WH, Flinn WR, Yao JST Archives of Surgery. 1992 Jan; 127(8): 974-978. PMID: 1642541 ISSN: 0004-0010

Fibromuscular dysplasia of the brachial artery: A case report and review of the literature

Lin WW, McGee GS, Patterson BK, Yao JST, Pearce WH Journal of Vascular Surgery. 1992 Jan; 16(1): 66-70. PMID: 1619726 ISSN: 0741-5214