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.
She is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing 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), ocular surface procedures (pterygium excision, superficial keratectomy, EDTA chelation), and medical cornea. Prior to her appointment at the University of Washington, Dr. Lee was a cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon in the Seattle area.
In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys staying active, hiking and exploring her way around the Pacific Northwest, trying new restaurants, listening to classical, opera, and jazz music, and traveling around the world with her husband. Dr. Lee also performs outreach work abroad and has been to North Korea and Nepal to perform and teach eye surgery.
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)
Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS)
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
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.
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
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Cornea and External Disease