Gordon K. Lee, M.D.

Breast reconstructive surgeon, Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Head and neck surgeon, Surgeon, Plastic surgeon

Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

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Dr. Gordon Lee is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduated magna cum laude. He attended medical school at Stanford University. He completed a combined residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center, where he was inspired by Dr. William Shaw, a pioneer in microsurgery and breast reconstruction, to pursue a career in academic plastic surgery. After residency, Dr. Lee completed an advanced microsurgery fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lee is the Residency Program Director for Plastic Surgery, Director of Microsurgery, and the Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Lee is involved in the full range of oncologic reconstructive surgery at the Stanford Cancer Center in performing breast reconstruction, abdominal and pelvic reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, and extremity reconstruction. Dr. Lee performs approximately 80-100 microvascular free flaps per year, and over 350 breast procedures per year.

Dr. Lee is recognized national and internationally for his clinical work and research in reconstructive surgical outcomes and surgical education. He was the 2015-2016 Plastic Surgery Foundation Visiting Professor, and has given lectures around the world. He was awarded the Residency Program Director of the Year in 2017, by the Stanford's Department of Graduate Medical Education. He is a member of state and national plastic surgery societies, and serves on numerous committees. He is the Associate Editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery, and Editorial Board member for Microsurgery Journal.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1997) CA
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Microsurgery Fellowship (2004) TX
  • Residency: UCLA Dept of Plastic Surgery (2003) CA
  • Internship: UCLA Dept of Plastic Surgery (1998) CA
  • N/A, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Business Program (2015)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery (2005)
  • MD, Stanford School of Medicine, Medicine (1997)
  • BS, U.C.L.A., Biology (1992)

Honors & Awards
  • America's Top Surgeon 2009, Consumer's Research Council (2009)
  • Baronio Scholar, Plastic Surgery Research Council (2003)
  • Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2012)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Plastic Surgery Residency Program (2009)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Plastic Surgery Residency Program (2011)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Plastic Surgery Residency Program (June 2008)
  • Residency Program Director of the Year, Stanford Graduate Medical Education, Stanford Graduate Medical Education (2017)
  • Who's Who in America 2009, Strathmore (2009)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs, Plastic Surgery, Stanford Plastic Surgery (2013 - Present)
  • Associate Program Director, Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency (2006 - 2008)
  • Director of Microsurgery, Stanford Plastic Surgery (2006 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Intermediate ICU, D2/G2S, Stanford Healthcare (2013 - 2018)
  • Professor, Stanford Dept of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) (2018 - Present)
  • Program Director, Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency (2008 - 2019)


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Practice Locations

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Suite 100

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-7001

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(62 reviews)

I was seen early and back on the road to home 4.5 hours away. I was impressed.
An outstanding physician! The best! A true Stanford gem.
After my video visit, I felt much better and confident about the procedure.
He was very attentive and answered all of my and my wife's questions. I was very satisfied with this video visit.
Wonderful thank you so much
Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon; we're very grateful for his care.
Dr Lee is fantastic
Dr G. Lee is an amazing person. He takes his time and explains everything very well and clearly. I am blessed to have him as a dr.
Everyone was very kind and wonderful - I love Stanford!
Best doctor/surgeon at the WCC
Dr. Lee was kind, professional and very helpful.
I was so impressed and happy with every aspect of my visit. Loved the doctors. Extremely professional and empathetic. Best treatment I’ve ever had!
Will brag to anyone that will listen. By far the best and believe me I have had negative experiences with quite a few hospitals, surgeons, and staff.
I found Dr. Lee to be very understanding and very informative.
Stanford doctors and staff saved my life I will be greatful the rest of my life
Love Dr. Lee!! He is the Best
Dr. Gordon Lee is a gem among people and microsurgeons. I know him to be a caring,, good humored, human being. I respect him for the creativity and skill he contributes to plastic surgery and medicine. Five Star.
Dr. Lee was rude by his delivery. He was telling me that my insurance would deny my request. Before even trying. And he did not show any sympathy towards my complaints.
Dr. G. Lee is an outstanding clinician! Responses to my questions are clear, concise and given in an empathetic manner! Never feel rushed. Professional tx given with compassion!
I never feel rushed or hurried. I appreciate that!
Excellent care by this physician.
Excellent experience.
I am very very pleased with the service that they provided to me.
Dr. Lee is absolutely wonderful. He listens and explains things well. He's an awesome surgeon!
Dr. Lee is a great physician. He's always compassionate & caring. Always leave feeling I had been well taken care of and all questions and concerns answered.
Very attentive, answered all my questions well.
Dr. Lee is extremely intelligent, has an extensive record or successful surgeries and is KIND.
He is one of the best practicer I've ever seen. He is a great doctor and he has a great knowledge, informed me with all the possibilities and he is so friendly.
Absolutely love Dr. Lee! My husband and I could not be happier with Dr. Lee. He is amazing.
Everyone from resident to nurses to drs. were professional & caring & kind - thank you!!!
Dr. Lee was extremely helpful, professional, timely and made me feel very confident in his treatment of my issue.
Dr.Lee is outstanding in every way - _____, compassion, clarity of explanations. Have never seen a doctor who was so personable and inspired such confidence and optimism.
Dr. Lee is awesome! He is a busy man but he gives his patients as much time as needed.
My husband and I love Dr. Lee.
Excellent! I have already recommended Dr. Lee and Stanford to several friends.
Dr. Lee is amazing! I never feel rushed and he always answers all my questions. I feel very fortunate that he is my doctor. He is kind, caring, very knowledgeable about his specialty and easy to contact when you have concerns.
After many failed surgeries at other places, Dr. Lee & staff were reassuring, patient & made me feel special.
Dr. Lee has excellent bedside manners. He is very compassionate and truly wants you to understand what is going on.
7. I changed it to a 3 because I was sent home with little info on how to care for myself.
Communicated directly to my mom in the room instead of me.
My visits and dealing with the staff, NP and doctors have always been a positive one. My only one concern is I wish next time my doctor will spend a little more time and not rush. Other than that Dr. Lee is a great doctor and I have full confidence in him.
Dr. Gordon Lee very good from surgery to follow-up visits.
Video of explanation of breast reconstruction options was excellent. This would be a fantastic idea for many other (pre-visit) conditions.
Absolute the best!
Dr. Lee goes above and beyond. He is gracious & thoughtful. I have complete confidence that he will provide me that best possible care.
Dr. Gordon Lee is the best! Kind, caring, listens. His work & knowledge are outstanding. Would trust my surgery & reconstruction to no one else!
I feel satisfied and completely safe with the help of my doctors. I feel a lot of confident with them and to ask about any concern.
Dr. Lee always took his time, explained things thoroughly and showed great compassion. He is amazing.
Would have liked more "private" time with the doctor to ask questions. There were four people (doctor, intern, nurse and me) squeezed into exam room.
I highly recommend Dr. Lee. He is amazing - so qualified, caring. My results are so good - off the charts!
I like that the doctor and PA remember me by name.
Dr. Lee was very good at initial surgery (very skilled) but I went with his recommended 2nd opinion for finishing surgery. Dr. Nguyen seems to listen more to the fine details. I appreciate that Dr. Lee would recommend someone else (not ego driven).
Outstanding care! Not a thing wrong!
My experience with doctor, NP, assistants on staff have been great.
Dr. Lee is compassionate & caring. He was detailed & explained everything that was easily understood. He is patient & I did not feel rushed.
Dr. Lee shows concern and diffuses stress with humor. He is fabulous!
Dr. Lee has a good sense of humor.
Very good impression of care provider.
Dr. Gordon Lee is so caring & wonderful. Pam his office scheduler is the best!
Dr. Lee and Dr. Kampermann are the dynamic duo!!!

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