Gordon K. Lee, M.D.

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

Affiliate, 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

Education & Certifications
  • 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)

  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc. (2006 - Present)
  • Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health (2016 - Present)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. (2005 - Present)
  • Member, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2007 - Present)
  • Founding Member, American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Association of American Plastic Surgeons (2011 - Present)
  • Member, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (2006 - Present)
  • Member, California Society of Plastic Surgeons (2008 - Present)
  • Section Editor, Microsurgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery Journal (2007 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Microsurgery Journal (2007 - Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2010 - Present)

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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Breast Reconstruction 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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(126 reviews)

De. Lee is an excellent doctor! He listen! He cares! He is detailed! Overall he is the best doctor I had so far
Dr. Lee was professional & friendly as always!
Dr. Gordon Lee is an excellent doctor. When a patient comes to see a doctor, this patient is in a vulnerable position. He was caring, knowlageble, competent and relatable; the opposite of Dr. Ngwen. Too bad this is now too late for me as Dr. Lee is leaving Stanford.
Excellent doctor
Very informative and easy to talk with.
He is a very good doctor
Dr Gordon Lee is a great doctor. I am sad to hear that he is leaving Stanford. I have trusted him during my cancer journey. He will be missed.
Dr.lee is a great Doctor, very informative and highly recommend
Hes the BEST and I'm sad that he's leaving Stanford.
Dr. Gordon Lee was very helpful and accommodating. Thank you!
Excellent surgeon with compassion and understanding the patient needs.
He is an excellent listener! Excellent communicator! Excellent in describing! Truly caring and sensitive! Extremely knowledgeable!
Dr Gordon Lee answered all my questions and concerns. He answered my question and concerns, not with just quick yes or no answers but with complete statements of information. I appreciated his patience. In the few times we have met, I feel fully confident and at easy he is the best choice for me. Thank you.
Doctor LEE IS THE BEST doctor I have ever seen he’s a caring person he never gives up on his patients he’s the one who gave my life back to me he is a guardian angel who puts his heart into the patient life love him so much he’s a blessed person
Great doctor!
He is the best doctor I've ever worked with. Very understanding and compassionate.
He seemed thoughtful and very well-informed
I appreciate the suggestions to help without jumping straight to surgery
I am very grateful to have the high caliber of Dr. Gordon Lee as my doctor.
I like Dr. Lee very much. He talks to me in a very comfortable way and makes me feel his competence and that he is really interested in my well being and continued good health.
He answers concerns or questions and explains other options possible regarding medical issues to help in decision making.
Great doctor. Always answers all my questions.
It’s went great and wonderful people and Dr
Gave good and complete information
Very kind, professional. Explained complex procedures in simple terms.
He was thorough in his explanations, which was quite informative. I’m grateful for the opportunity to consider him for my life changing breast reconstruction and will feel very safe with him.
Dr Gordon Lee projects confidence and honesty, He doesn't sugarcoat expectations but yet compassionate. I'm hoping he stays true to self.
The quality of my care, post and pre-op, was amazing. Even with the covid restrictions, I received the best care.
Dr Lee is an excellent physician
He's great! Really great bedside manner.
He was very professional, knowledgeable, and explained in detail the pros and cons. He allowed us to ask any questions we needed answers to.
He answered all my questions, was patient, not hurried, and gave me time to consider anything else I needed to discuss.
I’m very happy with the video visit and thrilled with Dr. Lee.
So enjoyed my appointment today. Each and every person whom I had contact with were all so sweet and helpful. Fantastic appointment looking forward to seeing Dr Lee in the OR!!
Obvious expertise
Excellent Doctor! Very caring and knowledgeable
Excellent ambiance and everyone very friendly
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the video visit. It was excellent, and Dr. Lee was extremely attentive and helpful. GREAT JOB, DR. LEE!!
I was seen early and back on the road to home 4.5 hours away. I was impressed.
He was very thorough in explaining my case. I feel extremely hopeful now.
He is very polite and easy to talk to, I feel very safe with him.
Dr. Lee is a wonderful doctor, and I could not have better care. I am also grateful for his nurse Thui. They are both the very best!
He was so kind and had usual information
He is a very thorough doctor and patient.
An outstanding physician! The best! A true Stanford gem.
I had a long list of questions and he told me to ask them all. He also let me know that I could message anytime thru MyChart. I didn’t feel rushed which I appreciated. I also work in healthcare.
He seemed to be a wonderful provider , caring, and pretty much in touch with the patient.
After my video visit, I felt much better and confident about the procedure.
Great doctor, very understanding. Answered all my Questions and concerns.
He was very attentive and answered all of my and my wife's questions. I was very satisfied with this video visit.
Excellent communication. Very caring and helpful.
He listens and hears what I was saying.
Thank you for answering all my questions, I didn't feel rushed.
Wonderful thank you so much
Dr. Lee was great. Informative. Listened well and answered all my questions.
Very focused; very thorough; responsive to questions
He is a wonderful patient educator. He understands my questions so well and answers them clearly. I have faith in Dr. Lee.
Too notch/personable/knowledgeable
Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon; we're very grateful for his care.
Dr Lee is an excellent surgeon and most importantly to me a caring physician. Most surgeons don’t have such a personable bedside manner. I feel I can trust his judgement/opinion/guidance in my care.
Dr. Lee was awesome.
Amazing visit feeling very positive about the procedure.
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!
As stated in the prior note, Dr Lee was attentive and answered all my questions. I understood all the answers. I clarified some medical issues that I experience. Dr Lee made sure all my questions and concerns were answered.
Best doctor/surgeon at the WCC
Excellent doctor, easy to understand, personable.
Doctor Lee is the best! Very friendly and helpful! Five stars all the way!
Dr. Lee understood exactly what I had to say and saw the problem with my camera. He then proposed a solution. His office is to call me and schedule a procedure.
He is a very nice doctor.
Very accommodating and explained well
Dr. Lee was kind, professional and very helpful.
He is very pleasant
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!
Appreciate him taking the extra time to explain things and answer questions.
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.
Dr Lee is an amazing surgeon, he took excellent care of me. All other doctors I saw were to scared yo attempted to fix my abdomen. So thank you Dr Lee for helping me and restoring me back to normal. I can’t even begins to explains how grateful I am and will always be grateful to you!
I found Dr. Lee to be very understanding and very informative.
One of the best person l have ever seen I admire him a lot super helpful great personality great attitude giving people so much hope lovable person god bless him
Dr. Lee is a great doctor. He is taking good care of me.
Dr. Lee is a great provider. I feel confident in his knowledge and he communicates in a clear manner. If I were to need further surgeries in his area of specialty, I would most definitely consider him. I also appreciate how quickly the office & nursing staff respond to questions and connect me with Dr. Lee as needed. This is a HUGE reason I enjoy working with Dr. Lee-- the patient service is excellent.
Thank you
Explans things takes time listening
Thank you and see you soon.
So informative, clear and unrushed. I had a non surgical statistical question related to oncology and my health. He said there are Stanford doctors able to discuss it with me if I wanted to. I thought that was great so he referred me. I appreciated that he recognized my question had value despite not being in his wheelhouse and that he knew exactly who to refer me to. I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Lee taking care of my breast reconstruction.
Speaks clearly and answered all questions succinctly
Thank you Dr. Lee for the monthly check in. Appreciate it!
Excellent doctor very compassionate and carrying, we were very pleased with my husband’s surgery and care that he was given by Dr Lee and his staff.
Stanford doctors and staff saved my life I will be greatful the rest of my life
Very personable. Always has an upbeat attitude
Love Dr. Lee!! He is the Best
The best medical care I’ve received in my 20yr journey with my Breast Cancer “after†care. Thank you and God bless you all.
Very good dr
Dr. Lee is a wonderful doctor, and I feel very lucky to have him as my surgeon. He did a masterful job with my implants. They are really beautiful. To me what makes him a Great physician is not only his formidable skill as a surgeon, which would be enough, but also equally important is his kindness, and his ability to take into consideration all of the needs of his patients.
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 is great. He listens and answers all questions thoroughly. I completely trust him with my care.
Dr. Lee is great! He is so personable and yet professional. He listens to my concerns and answers them honestly and I feel very confident having him as my doctor and very fortunate to have him
He was very understanding and. helpful
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.
I am very very pleased with the service that they provided to me.
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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