Richard S. Lee, M.D. has performed over 222 procedures at one of the HOI
facilities during 2015.
A southern California native, Richard Lee, M.D. specializes in surgical
treatment of spinal conditions. Dr. Lee’s interest in spinal surgery
is a combination of several academic interests during his schooling. In
college, he studied neurobiology and was intrigued by the complexity of
the human nervous system. His laboratory research included work on the
effects of microgravity on gene expression in bone and muscle cells in
outer space. These early experiences as an undergraduate student and NASA
researcher primed his interest in orthopedic and spinal surgery as a medical student.
“What I enjoy most about spinal surgery is the opportunity to combine
science and art to help patients rehab from physically debilitating conditions.”
Dr. Lee attended the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate
degree in molecular biology. He went on to attend medical school at the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his surgical
internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the Yale School of Medicine,
followed by a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spinal surgery fellowship
at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Lee resides in Newport Beach and enjoys running and cycling in his