Dr. Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lee then completed her ophthalmology residency at Stanford University followed by a Heed fellowship in medical and surgical cornea, refractive surgery, and external diseases at UCSF and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation.

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Undergraduate Education: AB, Harvard University, 2009
Medical School: MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2014
Internship: Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital, 2015
Residency: Stanford University, 2018
Fellowship: UCSF/F.I. Proctor Foundation, 2019
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2019
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
                    Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
                    Heed Society
                    Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS)
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
                                   Cornea Society


Academic Interests 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lee specializes in full and partial-thickness corneal transplantation (PKP, DSEK/DSAEK, DMEK, DALK, keratoprosthesis), refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, cross-linking), standard and complex cataract surgery (small incision cataract surgery, secondary IOLs), and ocular surface procedures (pterygium excision, superficial keratectomy, EDTA chelation). She has a special interest in infectious and inflammatory corneal diseases.

Research Focus

Dr. Lee’s research focus includes ocular microbiology, corneal transplantation techniques, and clinical care metrics.

Awards & Honors 


2020                Inclusion in ‘Top Doctors,’ Ophthalmology, Seattle Met Magazine

2019                Best of the Best Paper of Conference, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

2019                Best Paper of Session, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

2018-2019       Society of Heed Fellows/Heed Fellowship

2018                Resident Excellence Award, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

2018                Marmor-Blumenkranz Research Award

2015                Outstanding Preliminary Intern Award

2012-2013       Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship





Lee MD, Manche EE. Quality of vision after wavefront-guided laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK): a prospective randomized contralateral eye evaluation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 Jan;43(1):54-59.


Lee MD, Toy BC, Manche EE. Astigmatic outcomes in myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) versus phorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using vector analysis. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2018 Nov;44(11):1350-1354.


Lee MD, Chen SP, Chen TA, Leibold C, Li Z, Fisher AC, Lin CC, Singh K, Chang RT.

Characteristics of cataract surgery patients influencing Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores. J

Cataract Refract Surgery. 2019 Apr;45(4):437-422


Lee MD, Driver TH, Seitzman GD. Cornea specialists do not recommend routine usage of topical anesthetics for corneal abrasions. Ann Emerg Med. 2019 Sep;74(3): 463-466.


Lee MD, Seitzman GD, Schallhorn JM. Atypical scleral mass. Ophthalmology. 2019 Dec;126(12):1614.




Primary Clinical Office


Harborview Medical Center

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320

Mailing Address:

Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Academic office phone:  206-543-7250




Cornea and External Disease


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