Carolyn Lee MD PhD

Carolyn Lee MD PhD

Dermatologist, General dermatologist, Dermatologic oncologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

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A native of Queens, New York, Dr. Carolyn Lee joined the Stanford Dermatology faculty in February of 2016 as a specialist in the management of patients at a high risk for developing skin cancer. This year, she has been a featured presenter at both the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting and the Gordon Research Conference on Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization. Dr. Lee graduated with honors from Yale University in 1998 with a BS in Biology and received her MD and PhD from Georgetown University with a specialty in tumor biology in 2006. She completed her Dermatology residency at Stanford in 2010 and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in epithelial biology in the lab of Dr. Paul Khavari in December of 2015. Dr. Lee possesses a strong interest in understanding the mechanisms of high-risk non-melanoma skin cancer and is currently a member of Stanford’s High-Risk Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Working Group.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2006) DC
  • Internship: Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Transitional Year (2007) MI
  • Residency: Stanford University Dermatology Residency (2010) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science, Yale University, Biology, CT (1998)

Honors & Awards
  • Academic Research Award, Women’s Dermatologic Society (2009)
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2018-2021)
  • F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (2010-2013)
  • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, National Institutes of Health (2013-2018)
  • Kimmel Scholar Award, Sidney Kimmel Foundation (2017-2019)
  • Milstein Research Scholar Award in Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer, American Skin Association (2018)
  • Research Grant, Dermatology Foundation (2016)
  • SPARK Project Grant, SPARK Translational Research Program at Stanford (2019-2021)


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Practice Locations

Skin Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 3rd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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General Dermatology Clinic in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 4th Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6316

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Excellent staff.
Bright, outstanding physician.
Best ever care & concern & professional attention I've experienced in the area of care I was treated for!!
Very good.
Fantastic dr. - warm, caring & compassionate/very through & pro active, full of knowledge - Feel so blessed to be her patient 11 on scale zero - 10.

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