Lee spent his childhood and adolescence in South Carolina. During medical school and graduate school he lived in Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston. Today, he practices reconstructive plastic surgery at the University of Chicago. Mostly his research has focused on advancing the care of trauma victims. Lee is recognized for the application of multiblock copolymer surfactants to mimic behavior of natural chaperone proteins to augment the body’s self-repair capability following major injury. He has also contributed to understanding the biophysical mechanisms of tissue injury in victims of electrical shock.
He serves as the: Paul S. and Ailene T. Professorship in Surgery, Medicine, Organismal Biology & Anatomy, and Molecular Medicine at the University of Chicago.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina, in electrical engineering in 1971, and Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University with M.D. and M.S. degrees in 1975. He was a resident in surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 1975 to 1981 and at the Massachusetts General Hospital 1981 to 1983. While a resident at the University of Chicago, he enrolled in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology doctoral program. He received a Sc.D. in bioelectrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.
He a clinical investigator at the University of Chicago.
He is Founder and Chairman of RenaCyte BioMolecular Technologies(2005) and Avocet Polymer Technologies,Inc
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