Raphael C. Lee

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery | More

Paul and Allene Russell Professor of Surgery

A clinically integrated network of physicians and providers employed by UChicago Medicine who offer care in inpatient, community, ambulatory, acute care or extended care settings.


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.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Temple University Medical School


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • Massachusetts General Hospital

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
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1983

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French