Chair of Surgery, RWJMS
Leonard Y. Lee, M.D. graduated from then UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden in 1992. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York Medical College in 1997. He served two years in the basic science lab of Todd Rosengart, M.D. and Ron Crystal, M.D. at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center focused on gene therapy research for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases culminating in an NHLBI sponsored human trial. He then completed fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001. For the next 10 years he served on the faculty at Cornell within the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery before being recruited for a one year stay at Hackensack University Medical Center, then ultimately Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he currently serves as the James W. Mackenzie, M.D. Professor and Chair for the Department of Surgery
Personally, Dr Lee has maintained productivity in terms of education, research, and clinical responsibilities despite growing administrative demands and requirements. Research efforts have continued, both clinical and basic, with over 200 published articles and abstracts as well as a recent ADA grant submission and RO1 and AHA grants currently in preparation for submission late 2019. As a mentor and educator, He has received high reviews from students and residents alike. Finally, Dr Lee remains one of the most productive clinicians in the school and hospital, personally performing 400 heart surgeries per year, generating 19,000 wRVU with an interest in minimally invasive valve surgery and thoracic aortic pathology.