Nita Karnik Lee, MD, MPH

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Nita Karnik Lee, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Associate Director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement

Nita Karnik Lee, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Lee provides comprehensive, compassionate care to those diagnosed with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancers. She is skilled in open and minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic conditions. Dr. Lee believes in a personalized approach to treatment that includes tailored surgery, chemotherapy, clinical trials and supportive care. Her dedication to her patients is one of the many reasons she has been named a Top Doctor in Gynecologic Oncology by Chicago Magazine.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Lee’s is focused on patient-centered research in cancer survivorship and disparities, such as lifestyle changes and psychosocial needs of gynecologic cancer survivors. She also leads the University of Chicago Woman to Woman Program, a peer-to-peer mentoring program for gynecologic cancer survivors.

As part of our Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement leadership team, Dr. Lee demonstrates her commitment to supporting community collaboration and education to reduce cancer disparities. She is a passionate patient advocate and partners with organizations and survivors in their advocacy and education efforts. She currently serves as the Chair of the Patient Education Committee for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and a member of American Society for Clinical Oncology Survivorship Committee.

Board Certifications

  • Gynecologic Oncology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • NRG Oncology
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Practicing Since

  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Medical Education

  • Tulane University School of Medicine


  • Northwestern Medicine


  • Stanford Health Care

News & Research

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  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
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  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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Helpful Information About Ovarian Cancer

UChicago Medicine gynecologic oncologist Nita Lee, MD, MPH, is featured in several informational videos on the You and Ovarian Cancer website created by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The videos cover a range of topics and include patient interviews about living with ovarian cancer.

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The Silence Behind Gynecologic Cancers: Expert Q&A

Gynecologic cancers have long been “silent” and are often detected too late. General obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Maryam Siddiqui and gynecologic oncologist Dr. Nita Lee explain possible signs and symptoms, reducing risks and prevention.

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