Dr. Lee, a disciple of the late David Hume of the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, Virginia), has also made far-reaching contributions in the field of transplant surgery. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins University as clinical professor of surgery, he established a world-class living-related liver transplantation program in Seoul, Korea, as the founding professor and chairman of the Surgical Sciences department at Samsung Medical Center and Sungkyunkwan University.
In recognition of his contributions to vascular surgery, Dr. Lee was named Distinguished Fellow by the Society for Vascular Surgery in the U.S. He has published more than 600 original papers and abstracts in addition to dozens of book chapters, mainly in the field of vascular malformations and lymphedema. He has also given more than 400 lectures around the world.
Dr. Lee has been serving on numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals as an editor as well as a reviewer specializing in the field of vascular malformations and lymphedema. He has played a critical role in introducing vascular malformation into the mainstream of vascular surgery.
Dr. Lee was recently invited by the Royal Society of Medicine and the American College of Phlebology Foundation to contribute as guest editor to a special issue of Phlebology on venous malformation. He was also asked to contribute a new chapter on AV malformation to the new edition of the Handbook of Venous Disorders by the American Venous Forum. Most notably, he was invited by the Journal of Vascular Surgery editorial board to write the vascular malformations chapter for Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, which remains the leading textbook for vascular surgeons around the world.
Dr. Lee has served as president or vice president on many national and international societies, including the IUA (International Union of Angiology) and IUP (International Union of Phlebology). He has been elected to honorary as well as emeritus member status by numerous phlebology and lymphology societies throughout the world. Until recently, he has led the IUP as Vice President, boosting its image through his outstanding academic contributions and successfully organizing consensuses on Primary Lymphedema as well as Venous Malformation.
Dr. Lee is currently serving on the ISVS (International Society of Vascular Surgery) as Vice President for North America and Chairman of the Membership Committee. He also serves as Issues Committee Chairman for the American Venous Forum. Reelected to the American Board of Phlebology as a director, Prof. Lee promotes this new specialty throughout the U.S.
Recently, Dr. Lee moved from Georgetown University to George Washington University, Washington, D.C., to provide worldwide services as the director of the Center for Lymphedema and Vascular Malformations.