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John Y. K. Lee, MD, MSCE

John Y. K. Lee, MD, MSCE Physician

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

Dr. Lee is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. John Y. Lee

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017
Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013 - 2018
Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2011 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cavernous Malformation (Cavernoma)
  • Cranial Base Surgery (Skull Base Surgery)
  • Gamma Knife
  • Glioma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Hemifacial Spasm (HFS)
  • Meningioma
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

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


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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Selected Publications:

Lee JYK: Near Infrared Fluorescent Intraoperative Visualization of Meningiomas Society of Neuro-Oncology - Meningiomas (Toronto, ON) : 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
801 Spruce Street
Spruce Building
8th Floor

Philadelphia , PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-6700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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