David Lee, MD, MSCI

David Lee, MD, MSCI

MD: University of California, San Francisco

"Our monthly social events are always a big hit, and they are sponsored by the department. They really care!"

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Personal Statement: I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended Williams College in western Massachusetts, then bounced back to my hometown for medical school at UCSF. I am now excited to experience something new at WashU.  Beyond its standout faculty and residents, I chose WashU for its complete clinical training and collaborative research environment.  I also had St. Louis ribs during my visit out here and now understand why people care so much about regional differences in barbecue.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy time with friends, the Golden State Warriors, Japanese food, and non-Japanese food.


Undergraduate: Williams College, BA in Chemistry and Political Economy, 2014

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, 2019

MSCI: Washington University in St. Louis, 2022

Honors and Awards

  • Paparella Research Award for Basic and Clinical Science – 1st Place, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2023
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Graduate with Distinction, 2019
  • UCSF RAPtr Summer Research Award Winner, 2015


  1. Pavelchek C, Lee DS, Walia A, Michelson AP, Ortmann A, Gentile B, Herzog JA, Buchman CA, Shew MA. Responsible imputation of missing speech perception testing data and analysis of 4,739 observations and predictors of performance. Otology and Neurotology, 2023. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003903.
  2. Lee DS, Travis EY, Wong SK, Collopy C, McClannahan KS, Ortmann AJ, Rich JT, Pipkorn P, Puram SV, Jackson RS, Paniello RC, Adkins DR, Oppelt P, Thorstad WL, Wick CC, Zevallos JP, Mazul AL. Audiologic follow-up in patients with head and neck cancer treated with cisplatin and radiation. The Laryngoscope, 2023. doi: 10.1002/lary.30682.
  3. Ding C, Xiao R, Do Duc, Lee DS, Lee RJ, Kalantarian S, Hu X. Log-spectral matching GAN: PPG-based atrial fibrillation detection can be enhanced by GAN-based data augmentation with integration of spectral loss. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2022. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2023.3234557.
  4. Lee DS, Bell EA, Schrader A, Warchol M, Sheets L. Evaluation of cisplatin-induced pathology in the larval zebrafish lateral line. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2022. doi: 10.3390/ijms232214302.
  5. Chang KW, Zhong LM, Lee DS, Yaeger LH, Pipkorn P. Outcomes of Mesh Cranioplasty in Scalp Free Tissue Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2022. doi: 10.1002/ohn.199.
  6. Lee DS, Mahal RS, Tharakan T, Collopy C, Kallogjeri D, Thorstad W, Adkins DR, Oppelt P, Ley J, Wick CC, Zevallos J. Hearing outcomes in a de-intensification trial of adjuvant therapy for HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2022. doi: 10.1002/ohn.182.
  7. Walia A, Shew MA, Lee DS, Lefler SM, Kallogjeri D, Wick CC, Durakovic N, Fitzpatrick DC, Ortmann AJ, Herzog JA, Buchman CA. Promontory electrocochleography recordings to predict speech-perception performance in cochlear implant recipients. Otology and Neurotology, 2022. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003628.
  8. Lee DS, Herzog JA, Walia A, Firszt JB, Zhan KY, Durakovic N, Wick CC, Buchman CA, Shew MA. External validation of cochlear implant screening tools demonstrates modest generalizability. Otology and Neurotology, 2022. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003678.
  9. Lee DS, Schrader A, Warchol M, Sheets L. Cisplatin exposure acutely disrupts mitochondrial bioenergetics in the zebrafish lateral-line organ. Hearing Research, 2022. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2022.108513.
  10. Lee DS, Lee JJ, Sinha P, Puram SV, Jackson RS, Adkins DR, Oppelt P, Brenneman R, Thorstad W, Pipkorn P. Risk factors for functional outcomes in advanced laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. The Laryngoscope, 2022. doi:10.1002/lary.30166.
  11. Lee DS, Ramirez RJ, Lee JJ, Valenzuela CV, Zevallos JP, Mazul AL, Puram SV, Doering MM, Pipkorn P, Jackson RS. Survival of Young Versus Old Patients With Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis. Laryngoscope. 2020. doi: 10.1002/lary.29260.
  12. Bollig CA, Lee DS, Mazul AL, Stepan K, Puram SV, Massa ST, Zenga J, Faden DL, Doering MM, Jackson RS, Pipkorn P. Systemic review of second primary oropharyngeal cancers in patients with p16+ oropharyngeal cancer. Otoloryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2020. doi: 10.1177/0194599820951175.
  13. O’Keefe RA, Bhola NE, Lee DS, Johnson DE, Grandis JR. Interleukin 6 is increased in preclinical HNSCC models of acquired cetuximab resistance, but is not required for maintenance of resistance. PLOS ONE. 2020. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227261.
  14. Dalle Ore CL, Magill ST, Yen AJ, Shahin MN, Lee DS, Lucas CG, Chen WC, Viner JA, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR, Villanueva-Meyer JE, McDermott MW. Meningioma metastases: incidence and proposed screening paradigm. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2019. doi: 10.3171/2019.1.JNS181771.
  15. Dewyer NA, Jiradejvong P, Lee DS, Kemmer JD, Henderson Sabes J, Limb CJ. Automated smartphone audiometry: a preliminary validation of a bone-conduction threshold test app. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. 2019. doi: 10.1177/0003489419828770.
  16. Lee DS, O’Keefe RA, Ha PK, Grandis JR, Johnson DE. Biochemical properties of a decoy oligodeoxynucleotides inhibitor of STAT3 transcription factor. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018. 19(6): 1608. doi: 10.3390/ijms19061608.
  17. Lee DS, Murr AH, Kersten RC, Pletcher SD. Silent sinus syndrome without opacification of ipsilateral maxillary sinus. The Laryngoscope. 2018. doi: 10.1002/lary.27108.
  18. Lee DS, Magill ST, Yen AJ, Lucas CH, Raleigh DR, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW. Surgical outcomes after reoperation for recurrent skull base meningiomas. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2018. doi: 10.3171/2017.11.JNS172278.
  19. Magill ST, Shahin MN, Lucas CH, Yen AJ, Lee DS, Raleigh DR, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW. Surgical Outcomes, Complications and Management Strategies for Foramen Magnum Meningioma. Journal of Neurological Surgery – Skull Base. 2018. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1654702.
  20. Ding DY, Wong SE, Lee DS, Cashman N, Zhang AL, Feeley BT, Ma BC. Effect of hand dominance on range of motion and outcomes following reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty. 2017. doi: 10.1177/2471549217704185.