Jay M. Lee, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr. Lee, M.D., is the Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, Surgical Director of the Center for Esophageal Disorders, and Associate Professor of Surgery (Tenure Track) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He received his medical degree from UCLA and training in General Surgery at Georgetown and Duke University Medical Centers.  He completed a Thoracic Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and received Cardiothoracic Surgery training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Lee has published extensively in the field of thoracic oncology and has an NIH funded research laboratory.  He is the Principal Investigator of several FDA approved clinical trials focused on gene modified cellular immunotherapy in human lung cancer and modulation of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment.  

Dr. Lee is Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). He is a member of many professional organizations but has focused serving on committees for the ABTS and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).  

He maintains a very active clinical practice with excellent outcomes which has resulted in selection into Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Doctors", “Voted Best Doctors”, Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors, Newsweek Magazine’s “Top Cancer Doctors”, and The Hollywood Reporter magazine’s Top Doctors: Best Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeons in Los Angeles.  Dr. Lee has expertise in both open and minimally invasive (thoracoscopic, laparoscopic, and robot assisted) thoracic surgery.

Terms of Appointment: Sep 2015 - Aug 2017; Jun 2019 - May 2021