Bryan S. Lee, MD, JD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis on a full merit scholarship and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors.
Dr. Lee was named one of the “Top 50 rising stars in ophthalmology” in 2017 and a member of the “Top 40 under 40” in ophthalmology in 2015. He also was designated an Ocular Surgery News Premier Surgeon 300 innovator in refractive cataract surgery in 2016. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins, one of the top training programs in the country. He was then the only ophthalmologist in the country selected to receive further training in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants, considered by many to be the most prestigious fellowship in the country.
Dr. Lee specializes in cataract surgery and both partial and full thickness cornea transplants. He is an experienced laser (LASIK and PRK) surgeon as well as a happy LASIK patient himself. Dr. Lee also performs therapeutic laser surgery, pterygium removal, and complex surgeries such as replacing or suturing intraocular lenses and iris repair.
He is a leader in ophthalmology and serves on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the Online Education Committee, ONE Refractive Management Committee, and Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Phaco Fundamentals Classroom Editorial Board. Dr. Lee served on the Washington and Maryland state society executive boards and is Secretary of the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society.
He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and taught multiple courses to other ophthalmologists. Dr. Lee serves on the EyeWorld Cornea Section editorial board and was a founding editor of the Young Eye Surgeon Connect column. His honors have included the Oliver Schein Research Grant Award, Walter J. Stark Research Grant Award, Maxwell Grand Prize for Excellence in Ophthalmology, Vanguard Scholar Award, and the Danforth and Distinguished Alumni Scholarships. In its first such survey, the international journal The Ophthalmologist selected Dr. Lee as one of the top 40 individuals in ophthalmology under the age of 40, and he was one of the few to be selected again in 2017.
Dr. Lee joined Altos Eye Physicians after spending three years as a cornea and cataract specialist on the faculty at the University of Washington. He was the department’s busiest surgeon and regularly handled complex cases referred by other eye surgeons from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. He received the Latham Vision Research Innovation Award for his academic pursuits, supervised the resident cornea clinic, and was selected to be the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Speaker Series chair.
Dr. Lee and his wife, Gina, have two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, watching football, and reading.