Byrne Lee, M.D.

  • Chief, Upper GI and Mixed Tumor Surgery Service
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
  • Surgical Oncologist

Byrne Lee, M.D.

Clinical Specialties
  • Surgical Oncology
Areas of Expertise
  • Liver Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Research Focus
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers

At City of Hope, Byrne Lee, M.D., focuses on the treatment of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver cancers. He routinely utilizes minimally invasive approaches such as robotic and laparoscopic techniques.

Dr. Lee leads the surgical team of the peritoneal surface malignancy and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy program. His expertise in cytoreductive (tumor debulking) surgical procedures has helped our program become one of the most successful in the nation.

Dr. Lee received his medical doctorate from New York Medical College and completed his surgical residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He received his surgical oncology training at City of Hope. Because he has trained and mentored hundreds of surgical residents and medical students, he has received multiple awards in teaching and clinical mentorship.

  • 2013 - present, Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2010 - 2013, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 - 2010, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • 2000 - 2005, Clinical Instructor of General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Liver Cancer


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA, 91010

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  • 1998-2000 - New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, Doctor of Medicine
  • 1993-1998 - City College of New York, New York, NY, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Education


  • 2005-2007 - Fellow, Surgical Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA


  • 2000 - 2005, Intern and Resident, General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY


  • 2000-2005 - Intern and Resident, General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • American Board of Surgery
  • California State Medical License
  • New York State Medical License
  • Guzman E, Pigazzi A, Lee B, Soriano P.A., Nelson R.A., Paz I.B., Trisal V, Kim J, Ellenhorn JDI. Totally laparoscopic gastric resection with extended lymphadenectomy for gastric Adenocarcinoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2009; 16(8)2218-2
  • Wagman LD, Lee B, Castillo E, El-Bayar H, Lai L. Liver resection using a four-prong radiofrequency transaction device. The American Surgeon. 2009; 75(10):991-4
  • Bowne WB, Lee B, Ben-Porat L, Paty PB, Guillen JG, Cohen AM, Enker W, Wong WD, Weiser MR. Opertive salvage for locoregional recurrent colon cancer: An analysis of 100 cases. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2005; 48:897-909
  • Chorost MI, Datta R, Santiago RC, Lee B, Bollman J, Leitman IM, Ghosh B. Colon cancer screening: Where have we come from and where do we go? Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2004; 85:7-13
  • Lee B, Leitman IM, Subramanian VA. Esophageal Varices: Is there a role for the portal-systemic shunt? Current Surgery. 2003; 60:370-376
  • Adusumilli PS, Lee B, Parekh K, Dolgopolov S. Hemoperitoneum from spontaneous rupture of a liver cell adenoma in a male with hyperthyroidism. American Surgeon. 2002; 68:582-583
  • Adusumilli PS, Lee B, Parekh K, Farrelly PA. Acalculous eosinophilic cholecystitus: A review of adverse effects of herbal medicine in surgical patients. Surgery. 2002; 131:353-356
  • Lee B, Cable DG, Keeney GL, van Heerden JA. Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix presenting in an inguinal hernia sac. Contemporary Surgery. 2002; 56:742-744
  • Southern California Chapter American College of Surgeons
  • Los Angeles Surgical Society
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American Society for Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Americans College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • New York Cancer Society
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S. 2010)
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