About Dr. Chen Lee
Dr. Chen Lee is the co-founder of Cosmetic Surgery Montreal, AestheticaMD. Dr. Lee attended undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee excelled in the classroom, where he studied premedicine, majoring in Applied Mathematics. During the premedicine years, Dr. Lee was awarded two scholarships for academic excellence (University College Alumni Scholarship and CL Burton Open Scholarship). Dr. Lee finished his pre-medicine studies at the University of Toronto ranking 6 in more than 1000 students at University College, with a GPA of 4.15.
In 1982 Dr. Lee was accepted into the respected University of Toronto Medical School. Dr. Lee’s scholarly success continued through medical school where he was further awarded 3 scholarships (John Melady Award, Walter F Watkins Scholarship, and Dr. C S Wainwright Memorial Scholarship).
In 1986 Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and relocated to Montreal where he was accepted into the highly regarded McGill University Surgical Scientist Residency Program. As a compulsory component of this rigorous surgical training, Dr. Lee was simultaneously enrolled as a postgraduate Master of Science student in Experimental Surgery at McGill University. Dr. Lee’s research was novel and basic in nature, investigating the fundamental reasons for ischemic plastic surgical flap failure. This plastic surgery research was extensively peer-reviewed, published, and recognized for its significance by being awarded the “best scientific paper” at the following meetings: Plastic Surgery Research Council, McGill University Surgical Resident’s Day, Quebec Society of Plastic Surgery, and The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Lee submitted and successfully defended his thesis, “Role of the Neutrophil in Post-Ischemic Skin Flaps”. In 1991 the Master of Science degree in Experimental Surgery was conferred to him at McGill University. Dr. Lee completed his clinical Plastic Surgery training in 1992.
Dr. Lee is a Plastic Surgeon, certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lee’s comprehensive grasp of the broad scope of Plastic Surgery was demonstrated during the written examinations of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1992, where he was ranked 99th percentile in more than 350 candidates taking the examination. After a full residency and training in plastic surgery, Dr. Lee completed two additional subspecialty fellowships, training in Adult Craniofacial Trauma and Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery.
In 1994, Dr. Lee was recruited as an academic full-time Plastic Surgery faculty member at the prestigious University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. During this time, Dr. Lee specialized in the treatment of complex cosmetic, reconstructive and oncologic deformities of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Lee soon became well-known for his expert management and cosmetic reconstruction of nasal, orbital and facial defects resulting from trauma or cancer. Dr. Lee developed and published his own techniques for repair of complex facial bone injuries using cosmetic considerations called “Endoscopic and Minimal Access Repair of Complex Facial Fractures”. Dr. Lee’s novel ideas were rapidly recognized and supported by an industry grant of $120000 to Chair a specially selected group of 6 international experts. Their objective was to advance instrumentation for minimal access facial surgery. This mission was accomplished with the launch of an instrumentation system that is now freely accessible to practicing Plastic Surgeons. In 2000, Dr. Lee was promoted to the honored rank of Associate Professor (in-residence-series) at the University of California at San Francisco. While practicing Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, Dr. Lee also sought to bring compassionate Plastic Surgery care to the community. One proud program in which Dr. Lee was integrally involved, was to bring the benefits of Laser procedures to the underprivileged. To that end, Dr. Lee organized and served as the medical director for the outreach program “Second Chance Gang Tattoo Laser Removal” to help troubled youths reintegrate into society.
In 2002, Dr. Lee was recruited back to Montreal as the Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Associate Professor at McGill University. After three years as Chairman of Plastic Surgery at McGill University, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada fully accredited and commended the program for changes instituted by Dr. Lee and his faculty. Dr. Lee subsequently partnered with a wonderful friend and colleague, Dr. Carlos Cordoba, to co-found AaestheticaMD. In 2005, Dr. Lee left academic surgery, to devote his whole practice and attention to the private practice of plastic surgery, where he uses his extensive training and expertise to solve challenging cosmetic surgery problems of the face, neck, and body.
To date, Dr. Lee has been integrally and directly involved in the training of more than 50 certified specialists in Plastic Surgery. These graduates are currently certified Plastic Surgeons practicing in the following countries: Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. In addition to training the next generation of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Lee has contributed to the process of credentialing Plastic Surgeons, medical doctors, and maintaining standards of care in Canada and the USA. In Canada, Dr. Lee has previously held a 4-year post as a sitting Member of the Plastic Surgery Examination Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lee has also served as an examiner on multiple occasions for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and the Medical Council of Canada.
Recognized as leader in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee has been previously appointed or elected as Chairman of the Board of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery AO North America, member of the AO International CMF Specialty Board, senior member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, past Parliamentarian and member of the Board of Directors for the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in the USA. As a recognized expert and authority, Dr. Lee is often asked to serve as a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted for publication in the following journals: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Journal of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma.
Dr. Lee travels abroad frequently to lecture and teaches plastic surgical techniques to physicians from around the world. Over the past decade, Dr. Lee has been invited to lecture in Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and USA advancing the knowledge base of physicians of those countries. Dr. Lee has also lectured to over 100 learned medical societies and has published over 60 plastic surgery articles in peer-reviewed journals and many book chapters in Plastic Surgery. Notable contributions include authored publications in the leading medical peer-reviewed journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” and the most highly regarded textbook in plastic surgery, Mathes’ textbook on “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery”. He has been an invited visiting professor or keynote speaker by the Mexican Society of Plastic Surgeons, Japanese Oral Maxillofacial Society of Traumatology, Turkish Plastic Surgery Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Loma Linda University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Baylor College of Medicine, SUNY Long Island New York, and OMFS at Emory University.
Dr. Lee brings to your care, the unique combination of an unsurpassed, high tech training, cosmetic surgical training and a reputation for artistic sense, balance and proportion that will maximize your aesthetic enhancement and rejuvenation.