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 American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Cataract Preferred Practice Pattern Committee, ONE Network 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 Bylaws Task Force and Phaco Fundamentals Classroom Editorial Board. Dr. Lee recently served on the AAO Online Education Committee and was a member of the Council for two terms. He has also been a principal investigator in multiple clinical trials.
He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and was an associate editor of the textbook Advanced IOL Fixation Techniques: Strategies for Compromised or Missing Capsular Support. Dr. Lee has taught other ophthalmologists all over the world and co-founded the Young Eye Surgeon Connect column in EyeWorld while also serving on the Cornea Section editorial board. 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 two years later.
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 the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Speaker Series chair.
Dr. Lee’s wife, Gina, is a dermatologist. They have two sons and a daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, watching football, and reading.