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Joseph Lee, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.8 (28 patient reviews and ratings)

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Spine Surgery Fellowship

Back, Neck, Spine, Trauma

Fellowship-trained and board-certified Dr. Lee was born in Denton, Texas, and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey. He received both his bachelor’s degree with honors and medical degree at Brown University through the program of Liberal Medical Education. He went on to perform his orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia University in New York, New York. He completed his spine surgery fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, under the guidance of internationally renowned Dr. Howard An.

Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, spinal deformity, trauma, revision surgery, and spine tumors. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques of the spine. His research interests include intervertebral disc regeneration and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented on numerous topics at both national and international conferences. In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys painting, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with his family.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Doctor of Medicine: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • General Surgery Internship: Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliation

  • Fellow Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
“I have had several providers while being a patient of Reconstructive Orthopedics. I have seen Dr.s Ropiak, Gutman and Lee. All three of them are great in my opinion. Each one has a specialty and they all treat you the same. They describe the problems, correction methods, and what can the patient expect after the procedures are completed in ordinary terms. If you have a question about your procedure, they will explain it to you in a way you can understand.”
– Joseph C.
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