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James A. Lee, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of GI / Endocrine Surgery
Vice Chair, New Media
Chief, Endocrine Surgery
Co-Director, New York Thyroid-Parathyroid Center
Co-Director, Adrenal Center
Director, CollectedMed Education Project
Introduction:

Dr. James Lee is an internationally recognized endocrine surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal disorders. Dr. Lee is the Chief of Endocrine Surgery and the Edwin K. and Anne C. Weisskopf Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at Columbia University and the Physician Director of the Endocrine Service Line at the NY Presbyterian Hospital. He serves as Co-Director of the multidisciplinary NY Thyroid-Parathyroid Center and Adrenal Center. He has been rated as one of the Best Doctors in America and is one of the highest volume endocrine surgeons in the country. Dr. Lee received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed his residency in General Surgery at Columbia and went on to a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Dr. Lee is actively involved in the leadership of Endocrine Surgery at the national and international level. He serves on the Executive Council of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Standing Faculty of the international Endocrine Surgery University. He co-created the inaugural Postgraduate Course in Endocrine Surgery at the American College of Surgeons and is a featured lecturer in the biannual Masters of Endocrine Surgery Course. He has authored over 100 articles and book chapters, including the AAES Parathyroidectomy Guidelines which sets the international standard for the care of patients with parathyroid disease. He is also the Co-Editor of Surgical Endocrinopathies and the Founding Figures which details state of the art care for patients with endocrine disorders as well as the rich history of discovery in the field. Dr. Lee has given over 100 invited lectures and visiting professorships at institutions around the world. He has travelled extensively to teach other endocrine surgeons advanced techniques such as minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery as well as laparoscopic retroperitoneal adrenalectomy. He has mentored dozens of clinical and research fellows over his career, many of whom are now leaders in their own institutions and abroad.

Dr. Lee also serves as the Vice Chair of New Media in the Columbia University Department of Surgery and Chair of the ColumbiaDoctors Communications Committee. In this role, he oversees the digital strategy for multiple groups across the medical center with the mission of providing the highest quality education on health and wellness to the global audience.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Surgery, General
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Adrenal Tumor
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Surgery, Endocrine
  • Goiter
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Primary Aldosteronism
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Surgery
Honors & Awards:

New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2015-2016

Executive Council of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

Program Chair, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons meeting, 2016

Co-editor, Surgical Endocrinopathies: Clinical Management and Founding Figures

2014 Visiting Professor, University of Calgary

2013 Visiting Professor, UCLA

2013 Visiting Professor, University of Virginia

2010 Visiting Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2010 Co-author for Uptodate “Primary surgery for Islet cell tumors of the pancreas”

2009 Edwards Lifesciences Educational Grant

2009 Development Grant, Department of Surgery

2008 Telly Bronze Award- Educational Video Category

2008 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

2008 Development Grant, Department of Surgery

2007 Telly Bronze Award- Educational Video Category

2007 Development Grant, Department of Surgery

2007 Finalist, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy Fellowship

2006 Development Grant, Department of Surgery

2006 Patent Pending: Beacon Delivery System

2005 Blakemore Award for best resident research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

2005 Patent Pending: COACH medical education software

2005 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Grant

2005 Wound Healing Education Grant

2005 Chairman’s Grant, Department of Surgery

2004 Finalist, American College of Surgeons’ Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching

2004 Administrative Chief Resident New York-Presbyterian Hospital Department of Surgery

2004 New York Presbyterian Hospital Startup Grant

2003 New York Presbyterian Hospital Startup Grant

2002 New York Presbyterian Hospital Startup Grant

2001 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Teacher of the Year Award

2000 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Excellence in Humanism and Teaching Honoree

1999 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Excellence in Humanism and Teaching Honoree

1995 Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons Dean’s Summer Fellowship

Publications:

Wilhelm SM, Wang TS, Ruan DT, Lee JA, Asa SL, Duh QY, Doherty GM, Herrera MF, Pasieka JL, Perrier ND, Silverberg SJ, Solórzano CC, Sturgeon C, Tublin ME, Udelsman R, Carty SE.  The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Guidelines for Definitive Management of Primary Hyperparathyroidism. JAMA Surg. 2016 Aug 10

McManus C, Wingo M, Chabot JA, Lee JA, Kuo JH. Septugenearians are at high risk of mortality with adrenal metastasectomy: an analysis of the HCUP-NIS database 1992-2011.  World J Surg. 2016 May 3

Shindo M, Lee JA, Lubitz CC, McCoy KL, Orloff LA, Tufano RP, Pasieka JL.  The Changing Landscape of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism: Highlights from the American College of Surgeons Panel, "What's New for the Surgeon Caring for Patients with Hyperparathyroidism".  J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jun;222(6):1240-50.

Walker MD, Saeed I, Lee JA, Zhang C, Hans D, Lang T, Silverberg SJ.  Effect of concomitant vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency on lumbar spine volumetric bone mineral density and trabecular bone score in primary hyperparathyroidism.  Osteoporos Int. 2016 May 19.

Walker MD, Nishiyama KK, Zhou B, Cong E, Wang J, Lee JA, Kepley A, Zhang C, Guo XE, Silverberg SJ.  Effect of Low Vitamin D on Volumetric Bone Mineral Density, Bone Microarchitecture, and Stiffness in Primary Hyperparathyroidism.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Mar;101(3):905-13.