Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR, FACP

Senior Investigator
Director, Evidence-based Practice Center

Jennifer Lin, MD, MCR, FACP, is a board-certified practicing general internist in primary care with Northwest Permanente and the director of the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates (KPRA) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The EPC is based at the Center for Health Research and is a collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (https://research.kpchr.org/Research/Research-Areas/Evidence-Based-Medicine).

Dr. Lin’s career interests have focused mainly on evidence-based medicine and health care policy in primary and preventive care. She serves as the EPC’s principal investigator on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) contracts for systematic reviews, methods work, and portfolio management to support the USPSTF recommendation process. She is recognized by her peers as an expert in systematic review methodology. Dr. Lin has significant experience conducting reviews focused on prevention in primary care, complex interventions, behavioral counseling, care of older adults, medical testing, prognosis and risk prediction, and genomic testing. Through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) EPC Program, she has worked on methods and processes related to evidence synthesis for health systems. She, and her group, have also conducted a number of rapid evidence products for Kaiser Permanente (KP).

Dr. Lin serves on the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee and its Methods Subgroup, and as one of KP’s National Guidelines Directors, who provide oversight to the Kaiser Permanente National Guideline Program.

Dr. Lin obtained her medical degree at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in 2000. She subsequently completed both a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU-Bellevue Hospital. She completed fellowships in evidence-based health care at Oxford University and in health services research at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Post-fellowship, she joined the Center for Health Research in 2007.

Selected Current Studies

 
  • 2016 Systematic Evidence Reviews to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Using Nontraditional Risk Factors; Screening for Thyroid Cancer; Screening for Colorectal Cancer (AHRQ)
  • Methods and Dissemination: Collaboration to Improve Validity, Consistency, and Utility of Systematic Reviews—Framework for Types of Health System Delivery and Organization Questions, and the Role of EPC Work (AHRQ)
  • Ongoing Technical Support to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: The Use of Rapid Review Methods for the USPSTF; Overview of Prostate Cancer Screening Decision Models; An Approach to Addressing Subpopulation Considerations in Systematic Reviews (AHRQ)
  • Scientific Resource Center to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: A Conceptual Framework for Using Risk Stratification to Improve Clinical Preventive Service Guidelines; How to Consider Evidence on Overdiagnosis (AHRQ)

Selected Publications

 
  • Petitti DB, Lin JS, Owens DK, Croswell JM, Feuer EJ. Collaborative modeling: Experience of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54( (1S1):S53-S62. PMID: 29254526
  • Patnode CD, Eder ML, Walsh ES, Viswanathan M, Lin JS. The use of rapid review methods for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S19-S25. PMID: 29254522
  • Patnode CD, Evans CV, Senger CA, Redmond N, Lin JS. Behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults without known cardiovascular disease risk factors: Updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2017 Jul 11;318(2):175-193. PMID: 28697259
  • Lin JS, Bowles EJA, Williams SB, Morrision CC. Screening for thyroid cancer: Updated evidence report and systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2017 May 9;317(18):1888-1903. PMID: 28492904
  • Whitlock EP, Eder M, Thompson JH, Jonas DE, Evans CV, Guirguis-Blake JM, Lin JS. An approach to addressing subpopulation considerations in systematic reviews: The experience of reviewers supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Syst Rev 2017 Mar 2;6(1):41. PMCID: PMC5335853
  • Lin JS, Piper MA, Perdue LA, Rutter CM, Webber EM, O'Connor E, Smith N, Whitlock EP. Screening for colorectal cancer: Updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2016 Jun 21;315(23):2576-94. Erratum in: JAMA 2016 Aug 2;316(5):545. JAMA 2016 Oct 4;316(13):1412. PMID: 27305422
  • Lin JS, O’Connor EA, Evans CV, Senger CA, Rowland, MG, Groom, HC. Behavioral counseling to promote a healthy lifestyle for cardiovascular disease prevention in persons with cardiovascular risk factors: An evidence update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(8):568-578.
  • Lin JS, O'Connor E, Rossom RC, Perdue LA, Eckstrom E. Screening for cognitive impairment in older adults: A systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Nov 5;159(9):601-12.
  • Lin JS, Thompson M, Goddard KA, Piper MA, Heneghan C, Whitlock EP. Evaluating genomic tests from bench to bedside: A practical framework. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2012 Oct 19;12:117.

Press Release

Behavioral Counseling Can Effectively Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that primary care clinicians offer high-intensity programs to all sexually active teens and high-risk adults

Oct 06, 2008