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Michael Jihoon Lee

InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOrthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    An expert spine surgeon, Michael Lee, MD, treats spinal injuries, degenerative conditions and spinal deformity as well as complex tumors of the spinal cord. He is dedicated to improving safety and quality measures for spine surgery.

    As the principal investigator for several research studies, Dr. Lee has worked to identify risk factors for post-operative lumbar spondylolisthesis and to enhance lumbar spine surgical techniques. He recently has focused efforts on creating models to predict the likelihood of complication after spine surgery. In addition to his research, Dr. Lee teaches medical students, residents, fellows and practicing spine surgeons. Past courses have focused on the surgical treatment of complex spinal tumors and minimally invasive surgery.

    Dr. Lee has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on spinal conditions and surgical treatments. He has chaired several spinal surgery teaching courses and has edited two textbooks. He also serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, and has received numerous grants to support his research. Dr. Lee has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences. In 2013, he was named to the list of Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc.

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    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Bachelor of Science1996Biomedical Engineering
    Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL2000Doctor of Medicine
    Internship Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH2001Department of General Surgery
    Allen Orthopedic Research Fellow Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH2002Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    Residency Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH2006Department of Orthopedics
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    2016Co-Director of University of Chicago Operative Performance Search Institute , University of Chicago
    2016University of Chicago Gerald Laros Faculty Teaching Award, University of Chicago
    2015University of Chicago Medical Center Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence Selected as Senior , University of Chicago
    2013 - 2014University of Washington Medical Center Surgical Dynamics Endowed Chair for Spine Surgery, University of Washington
    2006University of Chicago Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation: Inaugural Class of Facu, Search Institute University of Chicago

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    1. Idowu OA, Boyajian HH, Ramos E, Shi LL, Lee MJ. Trend of Spine Surgeries in the Outpatient Hospital Setting Versus Ambulatory Surgical Center. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Dec 15; 42(24):E1429-E1436. PMID: 28368986.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: Is it Possible to Operate Too Much? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 12; 475(12):2858-2860. PMID: 28643078; PMCID: PMC5670056.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Petravick ME, Edgington JP, Idowu OA, Shi LL, Lee MJ. It All Depends on Who Does What: A Survey of Patient and Family Member Comfort With Surgical Trainees Operating. J Surg Educ. 2017 Nov - Dec; 74(6):1001-1006. PMID: 28619280.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: Being a Jerk in the Operating Room is Bad for the Patient. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Feb; 475(2):328-330. PMID: 27873098; PMCID: PMC5213959.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Lu S, Wang J, Ye J, Zou Y, Zhu Y, Wei Q, Wang X, Tang S, Liu H, Fan J, Zhang F, Farina EM, Mohammed MM, Song D, Liao J, Huang J, Guo D, Lu M, Liu F, Liu J, Li L, Ma C, Hu X, Lee MJ, Reid RR, Ameer GA, Zhou D, He T. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) induces effective bone formation from reversibly immortalized multipotent adipose-derived (iMAD) mesenchymal stem cells. Am J Transl Res. 2016; 8(9):3710-3730. PMID: 27725853; PMCID: PMC5040671.
      Citations: 34     
    6. Eleswarapu AS, Divi SN, Dirschl DR, Mok JM, Stout C, Lee MJ. How Effective is Physical Therapy for Common Low Back Pain Diagnoses?: A Multivariate Analysis of 4597 Patients. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Aug 15; 41(16):1325-1329. PMID: 26890953.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: Do You Say "I'm Sorry" to Patients? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Nov; 474(11):2359-2361. PMID: 27519576; PMCID: PMC5052207.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Wei Q, Liao J, Yu X, Wang EJ, Wang C, Luu HH, Haydon RC, Lee MJ, He TC. An NgAgo tool for genome editing: did CRISPR/Cas9 just find a competitor? Genes Dis. 2016 Sep; 3(3):169-170. PMID: 28066798; PMCID: PMC5215798.
      Citations: 2     
    9. Lee MJ. Safer Operations, But Worse Surgeons? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul; 474(7):1574-6. PMID: 27193148; PMCID: PMC4887386.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Ye J, Wang J, Zhu Y, Wei Q, Wang X, Yang J, Tang S, Liu H, Fan J, Zhang F, Farina EM, Mohammed MK, Zou Y, Song D, Liao J, Huang J, Guo D, Lu M, Liu F, Liu J, Li L, Ma C, Hu X, Haydon RC, Lee MJ, Reid RR, Ameer GA, Yang L, He TC. A thermoresponsive polydiolcitrate-gelatin scaffold and delivery system mediates effective bone formation from BMP9-transduced mesenchymal stem cells. Biomed Mater. 2016 Apr 21; 11(2):025021. PMID: 27097687.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    11. Stewart RJ, Landy DC, Lee MJ. Unilateral Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma After Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Case Report and Systematic Review of the Literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Mar; 41(5):E297-9. PMID: 26571166.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: When Are We Too Old to Operate? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Apr; 474(4):895-8. PMID: 26818596; PMCID: PMC4773349.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Mohammed MK, Shao C, Wang J, Wei Q, Wang X, Collier Z, Tang S, Liu H, Zhang F, Huang J, Guo D, Lu M, Liu F, Liu J, Ma C, Shi LL, Athiviraham A, He TC, Lee MJ. Wnt/ß-catenin signaling plays an ever-expanding role in stem cell self-renewal, tumorigenesis and cancer chemoresistance. Genes Dis. 2016 Mar; 3(1):11-40. PMID: 27077077; PMCID: PMC4827448.
      Citations: 139     
    14. Li R, Yan Z, Ye J, Huang H, Wang Z, Wei Q, Wang J, Zhao L, Lu S, Wang X, Tang S, Fan J, Zhang F, Zou Y, Song D, Liao J, Lu M, Liu F, Shi LL, Athiviraham A, Lee MJ, He TC, Zhang Z. The Prodomain-Containing BMP9 Produced from a Stable Line Effectively Regulates the Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Int J Med Sci. 2016; 13(1):8-18. PMID: 26816490; PMCID: PMC4716815.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    15. Green JD, Tollemar V, Dougherty M, Yan Z, Yin L, Ye J, Collier Z, Mohammed MK, Haydon RC, Luu HH, Kang R, Lee MJ, Ho SH, He TC, Shi LL, Athiviraham A. Multifaceted signaling regulators of chondrogenesis: Implications in cartilage regeneration and tissue engineering. Genes Dis. 2015 Dec; 2(4):307-327. PMID: 26835506; PMCID: PMC4730920.
      Citations: 46     
    16. Tollemar V, Collier ZJ, Mohammed MK, Lee MJ, Ameer GA, Reid RR. Stem cells, growth factors and scaffolds in craniofacial regenerative medicine. Genes Dis. 2016 Mar; 3(1):56-71. PMID: 27239485; PMCID: PMC4880030.
      Citations: 29     
    17. Shao C, Shen C, Lu E, Haydon RC, Luu HH, Athiviraham A, He TC, Lee MJ. Damage control: Harnessing prostaglandin E2 as a potential healing factor of tissue injuries. Genes Dis. 2015 Dec; 2(4):295-298. PMID: 26819965; PMCID: PMC4725599.
      Citations: 1     
    18. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: Have The ACGME Resident Work Hour Reforms Improved Patient Safety? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Nov; 473(11):3364-7. PMID: 26349439; PMCID: PMC4586212.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Lee MJ. On Patient Safety: "Is There a Gun in the Home?". Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Sep; 473(9):2765-8. PMID: 25995173; PMCID: PMC4523506.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Shonnard N, Farrokhi F, Martz D, Chapman J, Baker R, Hsiang J, Lee C, Gholish R, Flum D, Spine SCOAP-CERTAIN Collaborative, Lee MJ. The Spine Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (Spine SCOAP): a surgeon-led approach to quality and safety. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Mar 01; 40(5):332-41. PMID: 25901980.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Lee MJ. On patient safety: how well do we police ourselves? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 May; 473(5):1552-4. PMID: 25637399; PMCID: PMC4385382.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Lee MJ. On patient safety: surgical complications do not always produce poor outcomes (just bad feelings). Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Mar; 473(3):779-82. PMID: 25589445; PMCID: PMC4317447.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Jo A, Denduluri S, Zhang B, Wang Z, Yin L, Yan Z, Kang R, Shi LL, Mok J, Lee MJ, Haydon RC. The versatile functions of Sox9 in development, stem cells, and human diseases. Genes Dis. 2014 Dec; 1(2):149-161. PMID: 25685828; PMCID: PMC4326072.
      Citations: 170     
    24. Wang RN, Green J, Wang Z, Deng Y, Qiao M, Peabody M, Zhang Q, Ye J, Yan Z, Denduluri S, Idowu O, Li M, Shen C, Hu A, Haydon RC, Kang R, Mok J, Lee MJ, Luu HL, Shi LL. Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling in development and human diseases. Genes Dis. 2014 Sep; 1(1):87-105. PMID: 25401122; PMCID: PMC4232216.
      Citations: 426     
    25. Reid RR, Lee MJ, Lewis VL. Postauricular artery island flap for subtotal ear reconstruction: expanding flap versatility based on zones of regional perfusion. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Apr; 121(4):213e-214e. PMID: 18349602.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
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