Mark Mu-Quan Lin, MD| Neurology | MedStar Health

Mark Mu-Quan Lin, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.5 out of 5 (615 reviews)

Specialties: Neurology

Languages: English


About me

Board-certified in neurology, Mark Lin, MD, PhD, serves as Director of Movement Disorders at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His background in immunology is influential to his research and making advances in patient care.

Dr. Lin is highly regarded in the treatment and research of management for movement disorders with special expertise in the programming of deep brain stimulators for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, other types of tremor, and dystonia. He is also considered highly skilled in the use of botulinum therapy for the treatment of movement disorders, limb spasticity and chronic migraine.

Dr. Lin's work has been published in prominent clinical and scientific journals. A special focus of his current research is the prevention of levodopa-related dyskinesia and motor fluctuations in Parkinson's disease. Over the years, he has developed a prevention strategy for levodopa induced motor complications. He is as an associate professor at Georgetown University, participating in clinical teaching and clinical research.

After earning his medical degree from what is now known as Guangdong Medical University in Guangdong, China, Dr. Lin completed an MS and PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine followed by a residency in neurology at the same institution. Post-graduate training in movement disorders followed at the New York Neurological Institute, Columbia University.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ataxia
  • Blurred Vision
  • Botulinum Toxin For Movement Disorders
  • Chorea
  • Concussion
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dizziness
  • Dyskinesia
  • Dystonia
  • Encephalitis
  • Facial Nerve Palsy And Paresis
  • Falls
  • Headache
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Migraine
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuropathy
  • Numbness
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Spasms
  • Spasticity
  • Tingling
  • Tremor
  • Twitching
  • Unsteady Gait
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Ataxia
  • Behcet Syndrome
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Chorea
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness
  • Dyskinesia
  • Dystonia
  • Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial Nerve Palsy And Paresis
  • Facial Spasm
  • Falls
  • Headache
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Kinetic Tremor
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Migraine
  • Movement Diseases And Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuropathy
  • Numbness
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Spasms
  • Spasticity
  • Tingling
  • Torticollis
  • Tremor
  • Twitching
  • Unsteady Gait
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Procedures I perform

  • Botox For Dystonia
  • Botox For Hemifacial Spasm
  • Botox For Migraines
  • Botox For Spasticity
  • Botulinum Toxin For Movement Disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-5551

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity


Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Fellowship Program: Columbia University (2002)

Residency Program: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2001)

Graduate Education: Albert Einstein School of Medicine (1997)

Medical School: Guangdong Medical College (1984)

News and publications

  • Lin, M.M., Laureno, R., (2019) When and how to start levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson disease. Open Access J Neurol Neurosurg. 11(2): 555808.
  • Lin, M.M., Laureno, R., (2019) Less pulsatile levodopa therapy (6 doses daily) is associated with a reduced incidence of dyskinesia. J Mov Disord. 12(1): 37-42.
  • Pal, G., Lin, M.M., Laureno, R., (2014) Asterixis: a study of 103 patients. Metabolic brain disease. 29(3): 813-24.
  • Erwin, A., Tornatore, C. and Lin, M. (2012) Profound alternating corticospinal tract enhancement in Neuro-Behcet's disease. Annals of Neurology 72(S16): S118.
  • Cooper, H.A., Thompson, E.C., Laureno, R., Fuisz, A., Mark, AS., Lin, M., Goldstein, S.A., (2009) Subclinical brain embolization in left-side infective endocarditis. Circulation. 120(7): 585-91.
  • Green, N.S. Lin, M.M., and Scharff, M.D. , (1998) Immunoglobulin hypermutation in cultured cells. Immunol. Rev. 162:77-87.
  • Green, N.S. Lin, M.M., and Scharff, M.D. , (1998) Somatic hypermutation of antibody genes: a hot spot warms up. Bioessays 20:227-234.
  • Lin, M.M., Green, N.S. and Scharff, M.D., (1998) The effects of E, 3'  (hs1,2) and 3'  enhancers on mutation of an Ig-VDJ-C2a Ig heavy gene in cultured B cells. Int. Immunol. 10:1121-1129.
  • Lin, M., and Scharff, M.D. (1997) Antibody V region hypermutation in vitro. Einstein Quart. J. Biol. Med. 14:49.
  • Lin, M., Zhu, M. and Scharff, M.D. (1997) Sequence dependent hypermutation of immunoglobulin heavy chains in cultured B cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94:5284-5289.
  • Lin, M., Spira, G., and Scharff, M.D. (1996) Molecular comparison of cultured hybridoma cells that switch isotypes at high and low rates. Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics 22:329-340.
  • Lin, M., Chang, C.J. and Green, N.S. (1996) A new method for estimating high mutation rates in cultured cells Mutation Research 351:105-116.
  • Chang, C.J. and Lin, M.Q. (1995) Statistical model of the fluctuation analysis in cell biology. Proceedings of the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association 455-460.

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  • Apr 24, 2024

    Provided was very patient when listening to my history to be able to better further care. Thank you Dr. Lin.

  • Apr 2, 2024

    Dr. Lin was very thorough w/great manners.

  • Mar 19, 2024

    Dr lin is professional , caring and wise.