Mr James Lee is a leading endocrine surgeon in Australia. He was trained and qualified as a General Surgeon in Melbourne, specialising in Endocrine Surgery. His specific interests include all aspects of thyroid surgery, parathyroid surgery and adrenal surgery.
Mr Lee is a strong advocate of patient-centred care and endeavours to provide a personalised treatment plan for each individual patient. With his experience in research and teaching, he is able to provide his patients with the latest evidence in their treatment options, while actively engaging them in the decision-making process throughout their treatment. In addition to surgical recommendations, Mr Lee sees patient education and effective communication as essential elements to his patients’ journey to recovery.
Mr Lee treats private patients at Epworth Richmond and Knox Private Hospital; and uninsured patients at The Alfred Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Casey Hospital. He is also a Senior Lecturer at Monash University.
With his training in both clinical and academic surgery, Mr Lee provides up-to-date surgical services to his patients, in a personal and friendly manner.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Mr Lee graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 2001. He then completed training in General Surgery at the Austin Hospital, and qualified as a General Surgeon in 2010. After obtaining the specialist qualification, Mr Lee underwent further training in Endocrine Surgery, both at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Mr Lee undertook the prestigious T.S. Reeve International Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital. In 2011, Mr Lee attended the Endocrine Surgery University at the Mayo Clinic. This by invitation only opportunity allowed him to gain further knowledge under the guidance of world leaders in endocrine surgery. Mr Lee is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality surgical care in line with the latest research findings. He keeps himself abreast with up-to-date information by regular attendance national and international meetings. He has also been a regular presenter at many of these meetings.
RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC WORK
In 2014, Mr Lee completed his thesis on biomarkers of thyroid cancer, and was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by the University of Sydney and has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters to date. During his PhD candidature, Mr Lee received several scholarships and research prizes from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Mr Lee is dedicated to the training and mentoring of the next generation of surgeons. Many of his research students have been awarded research prizes at both national and international conferences, and many more have had the opportunity to present their research findings and publish research studies in high-impact journals. These achievements are a testament to his commitment to excellence in surgery through research and education. Mr Lee is a leader in thyroid cancer research in Melbourne. He and his collaborators focus their research on improving the patient’s experience during thyroid cancer treatment - from diagnosis to surgery and beyond. Mr Lee's ongoing research is supported by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Senior Lecturer Fellowship, Epworth Research Institute and The Aftershock Charitable Foundation.