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Justine Lee, MD, PhD


Justine Lee, MD, PhD

UCLA Physician Justine Lee, MD, PhD specializes in Plastic Surgery.
Plastic Surgery
Language Spoken
English, Mandarin
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 794-7616
Fax Number
(310) 206-6833

200 Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Craniofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2012 - 2013
Plastic Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2007 - 2012
Plastic Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2006 - 2007
MD, PhD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2006
Abdominoplasty, Body Contouring, Breast Reconstruction (breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction), Burn Care, Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery (facelift, necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery), Craniofacial, Derma Fillers, Facial Palsy, General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Laser, Liposuction, Microsurgery, Nerve Reconstruction, Pediatrics, Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancer Defects, Rhinoplasty, Skin Cancer, Skin Lesion Ear, Skin Lesion Eyelid, Skin Lesion Lip, Skin Lesion Nose, Skin Resurfacing, Wound Care
Research Interest
Autologous total ear reconstruction, cleft lip and palate, rare craniofacial syndromes, tissue engineering.
Additional Information

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes in the reconstruction of complex congenital, post-traumatic, and post-oncologic deformities of the head and neck region. Her practice focuses on patients with microtia, prominent ear, traumatic ear deformities, cleft lip/cleft palate, craniosynostosis, rare craniofacial syndromes, craniofacial microsomia, Parry-Romberg disease, facial nerve palsy, malocclusion, and vascular malformations. Her primary philosophy in treating patients is to combine aesthetics with reconstruction. She believes the goal of surgery is to help patients function normally as well as look and feel their best.

Dr. Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was valedictorian of her high school class and awarded multiple scholarships including the University of California Regent’s Scholarship, the UCLA Alumni Scholarship, and the National Merit Scholarship to attend UCLA. She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with highest honors from the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology with a bachelor of science degree (1999). In addition to her interest in clinical medicine, her scientific work resulted in multiple research fellowships, publications, and admission to the prestigious National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Her graduate work at the University of Chicago was additionally supported by a full academic fellowship from the Frank Family Foundation. She received both an MD and a PhD from the University of Chicago (2006) and went on to complete a combined residency in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her work during residency culminated in an Outstanding Paper award at the American Society for Plastic Surgeons meeting, the Best Microsurgery Paper at the American Society for Plastic Surgeons Senior Resident Conference, and First Prize at the Illinois Society for Plastic Surgery Chief Resident Competition. She completed her training at UCLA as the 34th Henry Kawamoto craniofacial fellow.


UCLA Pediatric Craniofacial Program

Awards & Recognition
Research Awards
  • 2012 Illinois Society for Plastic Surgery Chief Resident Paper Competition, First Prize
  • 2012 American Society for Plastic Surgery Senior Resident Conference, Tampa: Best Microsurgery Paper
  • 2010 American Society for Plastic Surgery, Toronto: Outstanding Paper Presentation
  • 2004 Doolittle-Harrison Fellowship
  • 2002-2006 Frank Fellowship
  • 2002 Committee on Immunology Graduate Student Poster Award
  • 1999 Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Undergraduate Research Award
  • 1998-1999 Howard Hughes Honors Undergraduate Fellowship 1998 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Fellowship
  • 1997-1998 University of California President’s Undergraduate Fellowship
  • 1997 Howard Hughes Honors Undergraduate Fellowship

Academic Honors and Awards

  • 2005 AOA Eligible Group
  • 1999 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1999 Summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1999 Graduated with highest honors, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1995-1999 University of California Regent’s Scholar
  • 1995-1999 National Merit Scholar
  • 1995-1999 University of California Alumni Scholar
  • 1995-1999 California Masonic Foundation Scholar
  • 1995-1999 Kiwanis Foundation

Scholar Teaching Awards

  • 2002 Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Teaching Prize
  • 2001 Biological Sciences Division Teaching Award
  • 2000 Biological Sciences Division Teaching Award – Honorable Mention
  1. Maxhimer JB, Bradley JP, Lee JC. (2015) Signaling Pathways in Osteogenesis and Osteoclastogenesis: Lessons from Cranial Sutures and Applications to Regenerative Medicine. Genes Dis. In press.
  2. Lai LH, Hui BK, Nguyen PD, Yee KS, Martz MG, Bradley JP, Lee JC. (2015) Lateral Incisor Agenesis Predicts Maxillary Hypoplasia and Le Fort I Advancement Surgery in Cleft Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 135:142e-148e.
  3. Lee JC, Andrews BT, Abdollahi H, Lambi AG, Pereira CT, Bradley JP. (2014) CT Image Guidance for More Accurate Repair of Anterior Table Frontal Sinus Fractures. J Craniofac Surg. 26:e64-e67.
  4. Kao KK, Lai LH, Hui BK, Nguyen PD, Yee KS, Martz MG, Bradley JP, Lee JC. (2014) Lateral Incisor Agenesis Predicts Maxillary Hypoplasia and Le Fort I Advancement Surgery in Cleft Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 134(4S1):8-9.
  5. Nguyen TQ, Franczyk M, Lee JC, Greives MR, O’Connor A, Gottlieb LJ. (2014) Prospective randomized controlled trial comparing two methods of securing skin grafts using negative pressure wound therapy: VAC and GSUC. J Burn Care Res. In press.
  6. Bradley JP and Lee JC. (2014) The effects of whole-vault cranioplasty versus strip craniectomy on long-term psychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis: Discussion. Plast Reconstr Surg. 134:502-503
  7. Lee JC and Bradley JP. (2014) Le Fort III Distraction Using Rotation Advancement of the Midface in Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate: Letter. Plast Reconstr Surg. 134:165e-166e
  8. Lee JC and Bradley JP. (2014) Surgical considerations in Pierre Robin Sequence. Clin Plast Surg. 41:211-217.
  9. Lee JC, Slack GC, Walker, R, Graves L, Yen S, Woo J, Ambaram R, Martz MG, Kawamoto HK, Bradley JP. (2014) Maxillary hypoplasia in the cleft patient: contribution of orthodontic dental space closure to orthognathic surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 133:355-361.
  10. Lee JC, Kleiber G, Pelletier AT, Reid RR, Gottlieb LJ. (2013) Autologous immediate cranioplasty for high risk composite cranial defects. Plast Reconstr Surg. 132:967-975.
  11. Lee JC, Olaitan OK, Lopez-Soler R. Renz JF, Millis JM, Gottlieb LJ. (2013) Expanding the envelope: The PoRSh-Liver vascular composite allotransplant. Plast Reconstr Surg. 131:209e-218e.
  12. Gottlieb LJ, Reid RR, Lee JC. (2013) Pediatric chest and trunk defects. In Neligan (Ed.) and Lossee (Volume Ed.): Plastic Surgery. Volume 3, Chapter 41, pp. 855-876.
  13. Lee JC, Spiguel L, Shenaq D, Zhong M, Wietholt C, He T-C, Reid RR. (2011) The role of RANK/RANKL/OPG axis in cranial suture homeostasis. J Craniofac Surg. 22: 699-705.
  14. Lee JC, Raman J, Song DH. (2010) Primary sternal closure with titanium plate fixation: plastic surgery effecting a paradigm shift. Plast Reconstr Surg. 125:1720-4.
  15. Lee JC, Wang GX, Schickling O, Peter ME. (2005) Fusing DEDD with ubiquitin changes its intracellular localization and apoptotic potential. Apoptosis. 10:1483-95.
  16. Ward S, Belogrudov G, Lee JC, Lee P, Strahan J, Shepherd J, Clarke CF. (2004) Yeast Coq5 C-methyltransferase is required for stability of other polypeptides involved in coenzyme Q biosynthesis. J Biol Chem. 279:10052-9
  17. Lee JC, Peter ME. (2003) Regulation of apoptosis by ubiquitination. Immunol Rev. 193:39-47.
  18. Dinsdale D*, Lee JC*, Dawson G, Cohen GM, Peter ME. (2003) Intermediate filaments control the intracellular distribution of caspases during apoptosis. Am J Path. 164:395-407. *contributed equally.
  19. Barnhart BC, Lee JC, Alappat EC, Peter ME. (2003) The death effector domain protein family. Oncogene. 22:8634-44.
  20. Liu N, Raja SM, Zazzeroni F, Metkar SS, Shah R, Zhang M, Wang Y, Bromme D, Russin WA, Lee JC, Peter ME, Froelich CJ, Franzoso G, Ashton-Rickardt PG. (2003) NF-kappaB protects from the lysosomal pathway of cell death. EMBO J. 22:5313-22.
  21. Lee JC, Schickling O, Stegh AH, Oshima, RG, Dinsdale D, Cohen GM, Peter ME. (2002) DEDD regulates degradation of intermediate filaments during apoptosis. J Cell Biol. 158:1051-66.
  22. Huang CJ, Nazarian R, Lee J, Zhao PM, Espinosa-Jeffrey A, de Vellis J. (2002) Tumor necrosis factor modulates transcription of myelin basic protein gene through nuclear factor kappa B in a human oligodendroglioma cell line. Int J Dev Neuroscience. 20:289-96.
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