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Joseph Lee, M.D.
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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 am a Registered Nurse at a local hospital. I was referred to Dr. Lee for herniated discs in my lumbar spine which were pressing on a nerve. When I got the news about my spine, I thought my career was over. I was devastated. When I met Dr. Lee, he was compassionate and honest with me. Dr. Lee was reassuring that they had several treatment options to try and not to be discouraged so soon. He takes the time to listen to his patients and discusses the best treatment options with them rather than telling them. The treatment options that we chose worked wonders for my back and although this type of issue is chronic, with Dr. Lee's help I'm assured that I will be able to continue my career. I am so thankful for Dr. Lee's help. There really isn't any way to explain how much I owe him for helping me!”
– Mandy D.
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