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Hanmin Lee, M.D.

Surgeon in Chief, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Professor & Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Michael R. Harrison, MD, Endowed Chair in Fetal Surgery
Director, Fetal Treatment Center

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  • 1983-87, Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Biology
  • 1987-91, New York University School of Medicine, M.D., Medicine
  • 1991-94, New York University School of Medicine, Resident, Surgery
  • 1996-97, New York University School of Medicine, Senior Resident, Surgery
  • 1997-98, New York University School of Medicine, Chief Resident, Surgery
  • 1994-96, Harvard Medical School Postdoctoral, Fellow, Tissue Engineering
  • 1998-00, Emory University, Fellow, Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • Fetal Treatment Center
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida)
  • Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Liver Regeneration
  • Tissue Engineering

Hanmin Lee, M.D. is Associate Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF. He is the second director in the 25+ year history of the Fetal Treatment Center, replacing Dr. Michael Harrison who continues to add his creative energies as Director Emeritus. Dr. Lee was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University who completed both medical school and general surgery residency at New York University. He did two years of postdoctoral research training under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Vacanti at Harvard Medical School, and two years of pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory University Medical Center before being recruited to a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Surgery at UCSF in 2000.

Dr. Lee and his surgery associates confine their surgical practice exclusively to children. The group has a special interest in fetal surgery, in repair of complex defects involving the chest, lung, abdomen, bowel, and bladder, and surgical care of children from birth through adolescence. Dr. Lee and his associates, The Bay Area Pediatric Surgeons, do consultations and provide surgical care at Moffitt/Long Hospitals UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.  They see patients regularly in their office hours and provide multidisciplinary clinics for fetal anomalies in their fetal treatment center. Additionally, they see patients with complex congenital anomalies that have been corrected by surgery in their Long-term Infant-to-adult Followup and Evaluation clinic.

Dr. Lee's clinical interests include neonatal surgery, fetal surgery, minimally invasive surgery and biliary surgery. His basic science research interests include tissue engineering, proteomic assessment of fetal-maternal diseases, and integration of emerging technologies into clinical surgery.

He has published numerous clinical and basic science articles in these fields. He is well-recognized as a leader in fetal surgery and pediatric minimally invasive surgery , having given numerous national and international talk. Additionally, he is on the editorial board of the pediatric endoscopic journal and in teaching fetal surgery and advanced pediatric laparoscopic courses. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of fetal surgery and minimally invasive surgical trials, and is currently a co-investigator on a number of clinical trials including fetal surgery for myelomeningocele and is leading a multi-instiutional effort to investigate the role of maternal steroid administration for fetuses with large congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations.

Dr. Lee, his wife Barbara and their children, live in San Francisco and enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities and restaurants available in the Bay Area.

  1. Clifton MS, Harrison MR, Ball R, Lee H.
    Fetoscopic Transuterine Release of Posterior Urethral Valves: A New Technique.
    Fetal Diagn Ther. 2007 Nov 23;23(2):81-86
  2. Crombleholme TM, Shera D, Lee H, Johnson M, D'Alton M, Porter F, Chyu J,
    Silver R, Abuhamad A, Saade G, Shields L, Kauffman D, Stone J, Albanese CT,
    Bahado-Singh R, Ball RH, Bilaniuk L, Coleman B, Farmer D, Feldstein V, Harrison
    MR, Hedrick H, Livingston J, Lorenz RP, Miller DA, Norton ME, Polzin WJ, Robinson
    JN, Rychik J, Sandberg PL, Seri I, Simon E, Simpson LL, Yedigarova L, Wilson RD,
    Young B.
    A prospective, randomized, multicenter trial of amnioreduction vs selective
    fetoscopic laser photocoagulation for the treatment of severe twin-twin
    transfusion syndrome.
    Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Oct;197(4):396.e1-9.
  3. Vu L, Tsao K, Lee H, Nobuhara K, Farmer D, Harrison M, Goldstein RB.
    Characteristics of congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations associated with
    nonimmune hydrops and outcome.
    J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Aug;42(8):1351-6.
  4. Yang SH, Nobuhara KK, Keller RL, Ball RH, Goldstein RB, Feldstein VA, Callen
    PW, Filly RA, Farmer DL, Harrison MR, Lee H.
    Reliability of the lung-to-head ratio as a predictor of outcome in fetuses with
    isolated left congenital diaphragmatic hernia at gestation outside 24-26 weeks.
    Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jul;197(1):30.e1-7.
  5. Clifton MS, Pelayo JC, Cortes RA, Grethel EJ, Wagner AJ, Lee H, Harrison MR,
    Farmer DL, Nobuhara KK.
    Surgical treatment of childhood recurrent pancreatitis.
    J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jul;42(7):1203-7.

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