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Peter T. Lin, M.D.

  1. Forensic Pathologist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Peter T. Lin, MD, is a forensic and general autopsy pathologist with subspecialty interest in cardiovascular pathology.

Dr. Lin is also Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner Office, which provides medical examiner services to 8 counties in Southeastern Minnesota, as well as 2 additional consult counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a medical examiner, he investigates sudden, unexpected, and violent deaths, performs autopsies, collects evidence, determines cause and manner of death, and testifies in court.

As an autopsy pathologist and co-director of the Autopsy Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Lin also performs autopsies on patients with complex medical diseases to help elucidate the mechanisms and causes of diseases, assess the efficacy and complications of treatments, and obtain tissue for research. These autopsies provide important data for improving quality of care, and, more importantly, they can help to answer families' questions about events leading to death, as well as other underlying diseases, some of which may have a genetic component.

As a cardiovascular surgical pathologist, Dr. Lin examines a variety of pathology specimens removed during surgical operations, such as transplant and non-transplant endomyocardial biopsies, explant hearts, native and prosthetic valve specimens, myectomy specimens, and aorta specimens, in order to diagnose cardiovascular diseases such as cardiac amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, myocarditis, heart transplant rejection, underlying storage diseases, heritable cardiomyopathies, heritable aortopathies, and vasculitis.

  • General forensic and autopsy pathology
  • Improving death certification practices
  • Transportation-related deaths
  • Sudden cardiac death
  1. 2008
    Fellow - Forensic Neuropathology and Forensic Cardiovascular PathologyOffice of Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York
  2. 2007
    Fellow - Forensic PathologyOffice of Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York
  3. 2006
    Resident - Anatomic and Clinical PathologyMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2003
    MDSUNY Downstate School of Medicine
  5. 1997
    BAColumbia College, Columbia University
  6. 1994
    Undergraduate StudiesUniversity of Chicago


  1. 2007
    Forensic PathologyAmerican Board of Pathology
  2. 2006
    Anatomic & Clinical PathologyAmerican Board of Pathology

Awards and honors

  1. 2000
    Chandler McCuskey Brooks Research GrantSUNY Downstate School of Medicine
  2. 1997
    Federal Outstanding Scholars ProgramUnited States
  3. 1995
    Japan Foundation Research GrantJapan
  4. 1992
    Semi-finalistWestinghouse Science Talent Search

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Pathology Residency Clinical Competency Committee
  2. 2020 - present
    ChairDLMP Facilities & Space Committee
  3. 2019
    Vice ChairDLMP Facilities & Space Committee
  4. 2019 - present
    CouncilorSociety for Cardiovascular Pathology
  5. 2019 - present
    MemberMinnesota Department of Health, Advanced Review Panel, Sudden Death in the Young Registry
  6. 2019 - present
    CouncilorSociety for Cardiovascular Pathology
  7. 2018 - present
    Co-DirectorAutopsy Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  8. 2017 - present
    MemberPathology Residency Selection Committee
  9. 2017 - present
    Rotation DirectorAutopsy Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  10. 2015 - present
    ChairCardiovascular Pathology Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee
  11. 2015 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Forensic Sciences
  12. 2014 - present
    Advisory Board MemberSudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Program
  13. 2013 - present
    MemberChild Mortality Review Panel, Olmsted County
  14. 2013 - present
    MemberAutopsy Working Group - Dvision of Anatomic Pathology
  15. 2013 - present
    MemberDivision of Anatomic Pathology, Cardiovascular Pathology Section
  16. 2013 - present
    MemberHeart Lung Transplant Pathology Work Group, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  17. 2013 - present
    MemberSociety for Cardiovascular Pathology
  18. 2008 - present
    FellowNational Association of Medical Examiners
  19. 2004 - present
    FellowCollege of American Pathologists
  20. 2004 - present
    MemberUS and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  21. 2003 - 2018
    MemberAmerican Society for Clinical Pathology