Meet Dr. Bradford Lee

Bascom Palmer Faculty Photo 2015

Dr. Bradford Lee is an oculoplastics surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He completed his ophthalmology residency in 2013 at the Bascom Palmer, rated the #1 ophthalmology residency program by Ophthalmology Times and Doximity, and consistently ranked the #1 eye hospital in country by U.S. News and World Report.  He completed his ASOPRS-accredited oculoplastics fellowship at the University of California, San Diego Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla, CA under Dr. Don Kikkawa and Dr. Bobby Korn, where he performed approximately 3,000 oculoplastics surgeries and procedures over two years.  During his fellowship, he had the opportunity to work with some of the finest plastic surgeons, cosmetic dermatologists, and facial plastic surgeons throughout Southern California and across the country, and he was a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Shiley Eye Institute for his role in medical education.

He has presented his research at national and international meetings, including the meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the Cosmetic Surgery Forum.  In 2013, he was recognized as one of 10 national recipients of a research grant from the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Foundation and has also received grants from the University of California Department of Anatomical Services to train ophthalmology residents in surgical procedures.  He has taught numerous courses to other ophthalmologists and oculoplastics surgeons at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings, including courses on oculoplastics anatomy, oculoplastics procedures, and orbital decompression surgery.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis, ocean kayaking, scuba diving, playing the piano, traveling, and cultural and performing arts events.  His brother (Dr. Brandon Lee) and father (Dr. Worldster Lee) practice ophthalmology in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Cataract and Vision Center of Hawaii.  He is fluent in English and Spanish and speaks conversational Mandarin and French.

  • Undergraduate Studies: Harvard University (B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa ) — Cambridge, MA
  • Graduate Studies: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – London School of Economics (M.Sc. with high honors in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing) — London, United Kingdom
  • Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine (M.D.) — Stanford, CA
  • Internship: University of Hawai’i Transitional Residency Program — Honolulu, HI
  • Residency: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute / University of Miami School of Medicine — Miami, FL
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Diego Shiley Eye Center — La Jolla, CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Professional & Academic Affiliations: American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • State Medical Licenses: Florida, California, Hawaii
  • Awards:
    • 2014 & 2015 UCSD Department of Ophthalmology Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award
    • 2013 American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Foundation Research Grant Recipient
    • 2009 National Eye Institute Travel Grant to present original research at ARVO
    • 2006 American Glaucoma Society Patient Care Improvement Project Award Winner
    • 2006 American College of Preventive Medicine Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine Grant
    • 2005 London School of Economics Brian Abel Smith Prize
    • 2004 USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team
    • 2004 Harvard University’s Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
    • 2003 Morris K. Udall Scholar
    • 2000 United States Presidential Scholar (1 of 2 from Hawaii under President Clinton)
    • 1999 & 2000 1st Place Winner of the Hawaii MTNA Yamaha High School Piano Competition
    • 1999 & 2000 Honorable Mention at the Western Regional MTNA Yamaha High School Piano Competition
    • Principal Cellist with the Hawaii Youth Symphony & Hawaii All-State Orchestra
    • Guest soloist with the Honolulu Symphony (piano), Hawaii Youth Symphony (piano), and Iolani School Concert Orchestra (piano & cello)


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