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Photo: Michael L. Lee, M.D.
Elbow, Hand, Wrist

Dr. Lee is originally from Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a 5-year orthopaedic surgery residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Campbell Clinic. He completed a fellowship, specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery at Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Orthopaedic Hospital in New York City. Dr. Lee was in private practice for five years in Corpus Christi, Texas, prior to joining Desert Orthopaedic Center. Dr. Lee is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a certificate of added qualification of hand surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Lee has done research at various institutions including the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Lee specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow injuries, including fractures, dislocations, tendon lacerations, arthritic conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, and trigger finger.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • General Surgery Internship: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN
  • Hand Surgery Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualification of Hand Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
“My experience at DOC was actually a collaborative effort involving Dr. William Stewart and Dr. Michael Lee. Dr. Stewart did the original diagnosis. I thought I had a severe sprain. Dr. Stewart's experience and expertise revealed and injury that was much more complicated and "life changing." Dr. Stewart used X-rays, CT scans and MRIs to confirm diagnosis. Dr. Stewart helped coordinate a visit to UCLA to confirm his diagnosis, even suggesting UCLA perform the corrective procedure. Having surgery at UCLA would have been difficult for me. Dr. Stewart shared the case with Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee had experience with scaphoid wrist injuries. Dr. Lee agreed to do the surgery at the DOC surgical center. Dr. Lee also did all of the follow-up exams. I am happy with personal and professional efforts of both doctors. I believe my recovering has exceeded expectations due to the efforts of Dr. Stewart and Dr. Lee. Thank you.”
– Scott M.