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John Y.K. Lee, MD Surgeon

Medical Director, Gamma Knife Center
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital
Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • Korean
  • Spanish

Dr. Lee is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. John Y. Lee

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2016

Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cavernous Malformation (Cavernoma)
  • Cranial Base Surgery
  • Gamma Knife®
  • Glioma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Hemifacial Spasm (HFS)
  • Meningioma
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Radiosurgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Lee has a passion for minimally invasive ways to treat brain and skull base tumors. This passion is expressed as a commitment to endoscopic approaches to remove pituitary, clival, acoustic neuromas and other skull-base tumors. Another expression of his interest in minimally invasive methods is his devotion to stereotactic radiosurgery, eg. "incision-less" brain surgery.

In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Lee is committed to the comprehensive treatment of patients with craniofacial neuralgias, including trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and hemifacial spasm. Dr. Lee uses minimally invasive, fully endoscopic surgical procedures including microvascular decompression (Jannetta procedure) and stereotactic radiosurgery to cure these disorders.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National North American Skull Base Society, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lee is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Lee JY, Thawani JP, Pierce J, Zeh R, Martinez-Lage M, Chanin M, Venegas O, Nims S, Learned K, Keating J, Singhal S.: Intraoperative Near-Infrared Optical Imaging Can Localize Gadolinium-Enhancing Gliomas During Surgery. Neurosurgery : 2016.

Lee JYK: Near Infrared Fluorescent Intraoperative Visualization of Meningiomas Society of Neuro-Oncology - Meningiomas : 2016.

Brastianos PK, Taylor-Weiner A, Manley PE, Jones RT, Dias-Santagata D, Thorner AR, Lawrence MS, Rodriguez FJ, Bernardo LA, Schubert L, Sunkavalli A, Shillingford N, Calicchio ML, Lidov HG, Taha H, Martinez-Lage M, Santi M, Storm PB, Lee JY, Palmer JN, Adappa ND, Scott RM, Dunn IF, Laws ER Jr, Stewart C, Ligon KL, Hoang MP, Van Hummelen P, Hahn WC, Louis DN, Resnick AC, Kieran MW, Getz G, Santagata S.: Exome sequencing identifies BRAF mutations in papillary craniopharyngiomas Nature Genetics 46 (2): 161-5,2014.

Lee JYK, Finkelstein S, Hamilton RL, Rehka P, King Jr. JT, Omalu B: Loss of Heterozygosity Analysis of Benign, Atypical, and Anaplastic Meningiomas Neurosurgery 55 (5): 1163-1173,2004.

Lee JYK, McInerney J, Niranjan A, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JF, Lunsford LD: Stereotactic Radiosurgery Providing Long Term Tumor Control in Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas Journal of Neurosurgery 91 (1): 65-72,2002.

Lee JYK, Chen HI, Urban C, Hojat A, Church E, Xie SX, Farrar JT: Development and psychometric testing for the Brief Pain Inventory-Facial in patients with facial pain syndromes Journal of Neurosurgery 113 (3): 516-523,2010.

Lee, JYK, Lang SS: Fully Endoscopic Cerebellopontine Angle Surgery: A Step-By-Step Guide for Microvascular Decompression and Tumor Resection Endo:Press Tuttlingen : 2013.

Lee JYK, Bohman L, Bergsneider M: Contemporary Neurosurgical Techniques for Pituitary Tumor Resection J Neurooncology 117 (3): 437-444,2014.

Lee JYK, Sandhu S, Miller D, Solberg T, Dorsey JF, Alonso-Basanta M: Higher dose rate Gamma Knife radiosurgery may provide earlier and longer-lasting pain relief for patients with trigeminal neuralgia Journal of Neurosurgery 123 (4): 961-968,2015.

Lee JYK, O'Malley Jr, BW, Newman JG, Weinstein GS, Lega B, Diaz J, Grady MS: Transoral robotic surgery of craniocervical junction and atlantoaxial spine: a cadaveric study Journal of Neurosurgery (Spine) 12 (1): 13-18,2010.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
Washington Square West Building
235 S. 8th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-5189
Fax: (215) 829-6645
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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