Michael J. Lee, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Michael J. Lee, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

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An expert spine surgeon, Michael Lee, MD, treats spinal injuries, degenerative conditions and spinal deformity as well as complex tumors of the spinal cord. He is dedicated to improving safety and quality measures for spine surgery.

As the principal investigator for several research studies, Dr. Lee has worked to identify risk factors for post-operative lumbar spondylolisthesis and to enhance lumbar spine surgical techniques. He recently has focused efforts on creating models to predict the likelihood of complication after spine surgery. In addition to his research, Dr. Lee teaches medical students, residents, fellows and practicing spine surgeons. Past courses have focused on the surgical treatment of complex spinal tumors and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Lee has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on spinal conditions and surgical treatments. He has chaired several spinal surgery teaching courses and has edited two textbooks. He also serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, and has received numerous grants to support his research. Dr. Lee has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences. In 2013, he was named to the list of Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • AO North America
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Washington State Orthopaedic Association

Practicing Since

  • 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship

  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Residency

  • University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center

Fellowship

  • Rush University Medical Center

News & Research

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