Michael Lee, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


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 and fellows about spine surgery. Past courses have focused on the surgical treatment of complex spinal tumors and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Lee has published more than 100 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 numerous scientific journals. Dr. Lee has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences. In 2013, Dr. Lee was named to the list of Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine 
5841 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine 
5758 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson 
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive 
Suite 500 
Matteson, IL 60443

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship and Residency

Case Western Reserve University


Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
AO Spine North America 
Lumbar Spine Research Society 
North American Spine Society 
Washington State Medical Association 
Washington State Orthopaedic Association

Language Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-6937

Office Fax

(773) 702-4765

Office Postal Address

Michael J. Lee, MD 
The University of Chicago Medicine 
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3079 
Chicago, IL 60637

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