Benjamin R. Lee, MD, MBA

Department Chair, Urology
Professor, Urology
The George W. Drach, MD Endowed Chair

Benjamin R. Lee, MD, MBA

Academic / Professional Bio: 

Benjamin R Lee, MD, internationally known for his expertise in kidney cancer surgery, prostate cancer, and calculus treatment and innovations, is Chair of the Department of Urology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine –Tucson Department of Surgery and director of the Genitourinary Cancer and Disease oriented strategic planning team at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Dr. Lee joined the University of Arizona after serving as a professor of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he was also director of the robotic, laparoscopy, and endourology fellowship. He is noted for developing novel techniques for robotic and laparoscopic surgery and is also a leading authority on robotic treatment of renal cell carcinoma and prostate cancer as well as nanotechnology applications in urologic oncology.

Dr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and continued at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins for residency with Dr. Patrick Walsh and Dr. Alan Partin, learning the art of laparoscopy under Dr. Lou Kavoussi. He joined the faculty at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and developed expertise in the treatment of stone disease with the founder of endourology, Dr. Arthur Smith.

While at Tulane University, Dr. Lee published on nanotechnology applications to improve drug delivery for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, methods to decrease the morbidity of surgery, methods of decreasing the recurrence of cancer, explanations of why the immune system may be activated differently following laparoscopy compared to open surgery, and further studies focused on preserving kidney function during laparoscopic and robotic kidney surgery. Dr. Lee’s research has been recognized by awards from the American Urological Association, The Endourological Society, and Urology Journal. He was awarded the prestigious Arthur Smith Award in 2008 for his contributions to the discipline of robotics, laparoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Lee was organizing secretary of the 31st World Congress of Endourology, which was held in New Orleans, LA, in 2013. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association and is currently on the finance committee of the Endourological Society, on the editorial board for the Journal of Endourology, and co-editor of the Journal of Endourology Case Reports. He was also previously chair of the American Urological Association Task Force on e-learning development for AUA University, an online education program offered by the American Urological Association.

Dr. Lee has participated in multiple clinical trials and is the author or co-author of more than 250 manuscripts, book chapters, and educational teaching videos. He was instrumental in developing a multidisciplinary nanotechnology research program that includes the integration of urology, biomedical engineering, biomolecular engineering, pathology, and physics and materials engineering.

Research Interests: 

Advancing new treatments for renal cell carcinoma
Developing new technologies and techniques for treating urologic oncology

MD: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
BA: Cornell University
Honors and Awards: 
Smith Award, World Congress of Endourology, Shanghai, China, Dec 2008
1st Place, Endourological Society Essay Contest, Basic Science Section: Ost, MC, Patel, KP, Rastinehad AR, Chu PY, Anderson AE, Smith AD, Lee BR. Penumoperitoneum with carbon dioxide inhibits macrophage TNF-alpha secretion: An etiology for Transitional...
1st Place, Long Island Jewish Medical Center Essay Contest. Tan BJ, Dy JS, Chiu PY, Ost MC, Kushner L, Smith AD, and Lee, BR. Prevention of laparoscopic metastasis:A study of different pneumoperitoneal gases and pressures on transitional cell carcinoma...
Best Video Award, "Laparoscopy Pyeloplasty", 15th Video Urology World Congress, Busan, Korea, June 17-19, 2004.
Selected to represent the United States for the 2004 Academic Fellowship Program, Vienna, Austria. March 17-April 6, 2004.
1999 Information Technology Innovators and 21st Century Pioneer Awards Laureate. ComputerWorld Smithsonian Innovation Collection to the Smithsonian Institute, Permanent Research Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute.
2nd Place, 1998 Resident Essay Contest, "A Quantitative Histologic Analysis of Collagen Subtypes: The Primary Obstructed and Refluxing Megaureter of Childhood," Urology. Lee, B.R., Silver, R.I., Partin, A.W., Epstein, J.I., and Gearhart, J.P.
1st Place, Essay Contest, Laparoscopic renal cryoablation: Acute and long term clinical, radiographic and pathological effects in animal and human studies. Bishoff, J.T., Chan, D.Y., Chen, R.B., Kuszyk, B., Huso, D., Marshall, F.F., and Kavoussi,. L.R....
1st Place, Best Video, International Telesurgical Telementoring. Lee, BR, Janetschek, G., Bishoff, J.T., Bunyaratavej, P., Kamolpronwijit, W. and Kavoussi L.R. 16th World Congress of Endourology & SWL, New York City, New York, USA, 1998.
1st Place Overall, Case of the Week Competition, Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1992-93
Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, 1991-1994
Magna Cum Laude, Cornell University
Dean's List, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, 1986-87, 1987-88
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Brady Urological Institute (Baltimore, Maryland)
American Foundation for Urologic Disease, Research, 1993
Board Certifications: 
American Board of Urology
Robotic Surgery
Laparoscopic Surgery
Percutaneous Kidney Stone Surgery
Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
Urologic Oncology
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