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Richard S. Lee MD

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Primary Office
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22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Office 2
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16300 Sand Canyon Ave,
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618
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Biography

A southern California native, Richard Lee, M.D., is board certified in orthopedic surgery specializing in minimally invasive surgery of the spine. He treats the entire spectrum of spinal conditions including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathologies. Employing the most current and advanced operative techniques, Dr. Lee performs surgical procedures of the spine with the goal of returning patients to function as quickly as possible.

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 spare time.

Education & Training

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Medical Doctor)
INTERNSHIP: Yale School of Medicine (General Surgery)
RESIDENCY: Yale School of Medicine (Orthopedic Surgery)
FELLOWSHIP: Harvard Medical School (Spinal Surgery Fellowship)

Areas of Interest

Dr. Lee specializes in minimally invasive surgery of the spine. He treats the entire spectrum of spinal conditions including cervical thoracic, and lumbar spine pathologies.

Awards & Recognitions

- Doctorate of Medicine with Distinction, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2003)
- Alpha Omega Alpha, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2003)
- B.A. Molecular Biology with Honors, University of California, Berkeley (1998)

Other Specialties or Certifications

BOARD CERTIFICATION: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Our Locations

(949) 722-7038

Physician Offices

Huntington Beach

19582 Beach Boulevard, Suite 306
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Irvine

16300 Sand Canyon Ave, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618

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Mission Viejo

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc.
26730 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Newport Beach

22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Tustin

Opening 2018
Tustin, CA 92780

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