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Francis Y. Lee, MD, PhD

Francis Y. Lee, MD, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tenure, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Robert E. Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Laboratories Professor

Vice Chairman of Research, Chief, Tumor & Bone Disease Service

Director, Center of Orthopaedic Research, Columbia University Senator


Office: 212-305-3293 | Appointments: 212-305-4565

Surgical Scheduling & Precertification: 212-305-0622

Dr. Francis Y. Lee specializes in bone tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, metastatic bone cancers, spine tumors, giant cell tumors, bone cysts, osteochondromas, CT-guided radiofrequency ablation for osteoid osteomas as well as complex pediatric orthopedic surgery for developmental orthopedic disorders, complex fractures, limb lengthening and deformity correction. Dr. Lee and his clinical teamat CUMC Musculoskeletal Tumor Service provide excellent clinical care for complex orthopaedic diseases using state-of-the art technology including CT-guided radiofrequency ablation.

Dr. Lee is currently Vice Chair for Research and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2012, for the first time, The Board of Trustees at Columbia University awarded Dr. Lee with a university-wide Tenure appointment; Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in honor of his scholarly accomplishments as a clinician-scientist with NIH-funded research programs.

Dr. Lee serves as the Chief of the Tumor & Bone Disease service and is the Director of the Center for Orthopedic Research. He conducts both translational and clinical studies on musculoskeletal disorders. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons / Orthopaedic Research Education and Foundation Clinician Scientist Traveling Fellowship Award and the AAOS Leadership Fellowship. He is actively involved in Columbia University Senate (Budget Committee and Research Policy Committee), New York Orthopaedic Hospital Executive Committee, ColumbiaDoctors Board of Governance, CUMC Committee on Appointment and Promotion, and Faculty of Council. He has been actively involved in professional committees for the AAOS, Orthopaedic Research Society, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, NIH, AAOS Clinician Scientist Development Program (Chair), ORS/AAOS/OREF Grant Writing Workshop (Chair), and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Question Writing Task Force. He is currently conducting translational research on inflammatory pathways in bone cancer, implant-host implant interface biology, fracture healing. He is one of a handful of orthopaedic surgeons with two National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 Research Grants, a Department of Defense Grant and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Senior Investigator Grant.  He is an active participant in the peer review process for NIH and scientific journals. He is an effective mentor for medical students, residents, PhD candidates and fellows in the field of musculoskeletal research. Dr. Lee mentors orthopaedic residents in Translational Research in Orthopaedics (TRIO) 6-year Resident Scholar Track at the Robert E. Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Research Laboratories and CUMC Musculoskeletal Center. The TRIO program provides research training for orthopaedic residents seeking academic careers as an orthopedic surgeon and researcher in the field of musculoskeletal science.


Education

1982Bachelor of Science
Seoul National University, Seoul Korea
1986Doctor of Medicine
Seoul National University, Seoul Korea
1992M.S., Ph.D.
Seoul National University Orthopaedic Science

Postdoctoral Training

1986-1991Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea
1991-1992Fellow, Orthopaedic Surgery
Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea
1992-1997Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
1995Orthopaedic Research Fellow
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
1996Orthopaedic Research Fellow
New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
1997-1998Clinical Fellow, Orthopadic Oncology
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General & Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
1998-1999Clinical Fellow
The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Licensure

  •    New York
  •    New Jersey

Board Certification

  •    Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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