Raphael C. Lee

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Raphael C. Lee, MD, ScD, DSc (Hon)

Paul and Allene Russell Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery and Medicine

Raphael Lee, MD, ScD, is a senior plastic surgeon with special interest in aesthetic reconstruction, regenerative engineering for repair of abdominal hernias, peripheral nerve injuries, varicose veins, and the scar deformities. He has pioneered functional reconstructive surgery methods for correction of congenital and acquired gynecologic defects.

Dr. Lee, Past-President, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, is regularly selected as one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons by Chicago Magazine and national publications. He is a member of the American Surgical Association, National Academy of Engineering, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, MacArthur Fellow, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Email address: rclee@bsd.uchicago.edu

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • National Medical Association
  • Midwestern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society for Burn Injuries
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Illinois Surgical Society
  • Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Chicago Surgical Society
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Burn Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons

Practicing Since

  • 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Medical Education

  • Temple University Medical School


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • Massachusetts General Hospital

Other Grad Education

  • ScD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Cigna POS
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  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
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  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
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  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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