Jake J. Lee, MD

MD: University of Pittsburgh

“I truly appreciate the opportunity to learn from academic and clinical leaders in our field; the culture of early surgical exposure; and the collegiality among the residents & faculty both within the department and across other departments.”

Hometown: Closter, NJ

Personal Statement: I was drawn to the WashU program by the depth and breadth of its clinical training in all the different otolaryngologic subspecialties and venues, emphasis on nurturing innovative research (basic, translational, and clinical) throughout the curriculum, and ties to the broader WashU network (ie. Neuroimaging Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cortex for bioentrepreneurial ventures), thereby promoting interdisciplinary collaboration.

Outside of academia, I enjoy all sports, whether it’s playing pick-up basketball or in a recreational kickball league, winning fantasy football, working out, or cheering for the New York Giants and Duke basketball. Other interests include hiking, snowboarding, hip-hop dancing, trivia, sarcasm, quoting movies, reading at the Boathouse during sunset, petting other people’s dogs, and traveling abroad in dingy hostels.


Undergraduate: Duke University, BS, 2011

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2016


  • American Rhinologic Society (ARS) Resident Research Grant, AAO-HNSF Centralized Otolaryngology Research Effort (CORE) Study Section, 2019-2020
  • Board of Governors Socioeconomic & Grassroots Representative, Section for Residents and Fellows, AAO-HNS, 2018-2019
  • William K. Sieber, MD Award for Excellence in Pediatric Surgery, University of Pittsburgh SOM, 2016
  • Dr. Tryphena Humphrey Student Award in Neurology, University of Pittsburgh SOM, 2016
  • 2nd Place Research Poster Award, The Triological Society, Combined Sections Meeting, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pittsburgh SOM, 2015
  • Travel Scholarship, Society of Vascular Surgery, 2014
  • Dean’s Summer Research Project Grant, University of Pittsburgh SOM, 2013
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, AmeriCorps, 2012
  • New Jersey All-State Symphonic Band, 2007


  1. Khan AM, Lee JJ, Rammaha T, Gupta S, Smith HJ, Kannampallil TG, Farrell NF, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Natural Trajectory of Recovery of COVID-19 Associated Olfactory Loss. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35194618.
  2. Gupta S, Lee JJ, Perrin A, Khan AM, Smith HJ, Farrell NF, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Efficacy and Safety of Saline Nasal Irrigation Plus Theophylline for Treatment of COVID-19-Related Olfactory Dysfunction: The SCENT2 Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35797024.
  3. Lee JJ, Gupta S, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Safety of High-Dose Nasal Theophylline Irrigation in the Treatment of Postviral Olfactory Dysfunction: A Dose-Escalation Study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35797023.
  4. Lee DS, Lee JJ, Sinha P, Puram SV, Jackson RS, Thorstad W, Pipkorn P. Risk Factors for Functional Outcomes in Advanced Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Laryngoscope 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35611799.
  5. Lee JJ, Chibueze S, Walia A, Yaeger LH, Zenga J, Puram SV, Jackson RS, Pipkorn P. Infection Control with Topical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Mucosal Head and Neck Surgery: A Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35608917.
  6. Rapoport NA, Lee DS, Lee JJ, Puram SV, Jackson RS, Pipkorn P. Eight Tales of Cervical Necrotizing Fasciitis and Free Tissue Transfer. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 35373592.
  7. Gupta S, Kallogjeri D, Farrell NF, Lee JJ, Smith HJ, Khan AM, Piccirillo JF. Development and Validation of a Novel At-home Smell Assessment. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022;148:252-258. PMID: 35024772.
  8. Lee JJ, Peterson AM, Kallogjeri D, Jiramongkolchai P, Kukuljan S, Schneider JS, Klatt-Cromwell CN, Drescher AJ, Brunworth JD, Piccirillo JF. Smell Changes and Efficacy of Nasal Theophylline (SCENT) irrigation: A randomized controlled trial for treatment of post-viral olfactory dysfunction. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022;43:103299. PMID: 34894449.
  9. Walia A, Lee JJ, Jackson RS, Hardi AC, Bollig CA, Graboyes EM, Zenga J, Puram SV, Pipkorn P. Management of Flap Failure After Head and Neck Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022;167:224-235. PMID: 34491852.
  10. Lee JJ, Deutsch BC, Kallogjeri D, Pipkorn P, Schneider JS, Klatt-Cromwell CN. Chronic rhinosinusitis as a risk factor for intracranial and extracranial complications after endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022;43:103188. PMID: 34537507.
  11. Wamkpah NS, Peterson AM, Lee JJ, Jia L, Hardi A, Stoll C, Huston MN. Curbing the Cough: Multimodal Treatments for Neurogenic Cough: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Laryngoscope 2022;132:107-123. PMID: 33085095.
  12. Lee JJ, Wick, EH, Chicoine MR, Dowling JL, Leuthardt EC, Santiago P, Pipkorn P. Endonasal Free Flap Reconstruction Combined with Draf Frontal Sinusotomy for Complex Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak: A Technical Report & Case Series. Oper Neurosurg. 2021;21:478-484. PMID: 34423844.
  13. Lander DP, Lee JJ, Kallogjeri D, Stwalley D, Olsen MA, Piccirillo JF, Spataro EA. The Impact of Treatment Delay on Malunion and Nonunion After Open Reduction of Mandible Fractures. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2021;23:460-466. PMID: 34314633.
  14. Lee JJ, Wood CB, Puram SV, Zenga J, Bollig CA, Pipkorn P. Free vascularized parascapular fat flap for parotidectomy reconstruction. Am J Otolaryngol. 2021;42:103028. PMID: 33848769.
  15. Jiramongkolchai P, Jones MS, Peterson AM, Lee JJ, Liebendorfer A, Klatt-Cromwell CN, Schneider JS, Drescher AJ, Ogden MA, Brunworth JD, Kallogjeri D, Kukuljan S, Peelle JE, Piccirillo JF. Association of Olfactory Training with Neural Connectivity in Adults with Postviral Olfactory Dysfunction. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021;147-502-509. PMID: 33734298.
  16. Lee JJ, Peterson AM, Embry TW, Wamkpah NS, Kallogjeri D, Doering MM, Schneider JS, Klatt-Cromwell CN, Pipkorn P. Survival Outcomes of De Novo vs Inverted Papilloma-Associated Sinonasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021;147:350-359. PMID: 33507208.
  17. 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 2021;131:1310-1319. PMID: 33264444.
  18. Zolkind P, Lee JJ, Pipkorn P, Jackson RS, Massa ST. Untreated head and neck cancer: Natural history and associated factors. Head Neck 2021;43:89-97. PMID: 32914515.
  19. Lee JJ, Orlowski HLP, Schneider JS, Roland LT, Eldaya R, Jiramongkolchai P, Kallogjeri D, Chernock RD, Klatt-Cromwell CN. Computed Tomography as a Predictor of Sinonasal Inverted Papilloma Origin, Skull Base Involvement, and Stage. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2021;82:e335-341. PMID: 34306958.
  20. Pipkorn P, Lee JJ, Zenga J, Chicoine MR. Endoscopic Adipofascial Radial Forearm Free Flap Reconstruction of the Skull Base: A Technical Update. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2021;82:e243-247. PMID: 34306945.
  21. Peterson AM, Lee JJ, Kallogjeri D, Schneider JS, Chakinala MM, Piccirillo JF. Efficacy of Timolol in a Novel Intranasal Thermosensitive Gel for Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia-Associated Epistaxis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021;146:1006-1014. PMID: 32940653.
  22. Jiramongkolchai P, Peterson AM, Kallogjeri D, Lee JJ, Kukuljan S, Liebendorfer A, Schneider JS, Klatt-Cromwell CN, Drescher AJ, Piccirillo JF. Randomized clinical trial to evaluate mometasone lavage vs spray for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyps who have not undergone sinus surgery. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2020;10:936-943. PMID: 32470217.
  23. Naclerio R, Baroody F, Bachert C, Bleier B, Borish L, Brittain E, Chupp G, Fokkens W, Gevaert P, Kennedy D, Kim J, Laidlaw TM, Lee JJ, Piccirillo JF, Pinto JM, Roland LT, Schleimer RP, Schlosser RJ, Schwaninger J, Smith TL, Tan BK, Tan M, Toskala E, Wenzel S, Togias A. Clinical Research Needs for the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps in the New Era of Biologics: A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Workshop. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2020;8:1532-1549.e1. PMID: 32142964.
  24. Lee JJ, Thompson ZS, Piccirillo JF, Klatt-Cromwell CN, Orlowski HLP, Kallogjeri D, Pipkorn P, Schneider JS. Risk Factors for Patient-Reported Olfactory Dysfunction After Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Hypophysectomy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.2020;146:621-629. PMID: 32379292.
  25. Lee JJ, Lander DP, Jackson RS, Zenga J, Pipkorn P. Occlusion and Functional Outcomes After Complete Temporomandibular Joint Resection with Soft Tissue Reconstruction. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.2020;162:589-592. PMID: 31959049.
  26. Lee JJ, Roland LT, Licata JJ, et al. Morphologic, intraoperative, and histologic risk factors for sinonasal inverted papilloma recurrence. Laryngoscope 2020;130:590-596. PMID: 31112326.
  27. Jiramongkolchai P, Lander DP, Kallogjeri D, Olsen MA, Keller M, Schneider JS, Lee JJ, Jiramongkolchai K, Piccirillo JF. Trend of Surgery for Orbital Cellulitis: An Analysis of State Inpatient Databases. Laryngoscope 2020;130:567-574. PMID: 31050824.
  28. Lee JJ, Ford MD, Tobey AB, Jabbour N. Diagnosing Tongue Base Obstruction in Pierre Robin Sequence Infants: Sleep vs. Awake Endoscopy. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018; 55:692-696. PMID: 29446988.
  29. Mehta KS, Lee JJ, Taha AG, Avgerinos E, Chaer RA. Vascular Applications of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging. J Vasc Surg. 2017; 66:266-274. PMID: 28390769.
  30. Kent DT, Lee JJ, Strollo Jr PJ, Soose RJ. Upper Airway Stimulation for OSA: Early Adherence and Outcome Results of One Center. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016; 155:188-93. PMID: 26980908.
  31. Lee JJ, Thottam PJ, Ford MD, Jabbour N. Characteristics of Sleep Apnea in Infants with Pierre-Robin Sequence: Is There Improvement with Advancing Age? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015; 79:2059-67. PMID: 26429600.
  32. Lee JJ, Sahu N, Rogers R, Soose RJ. Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated with Combination Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation and Oral Appliance Therapy. J Dent Sleep Med. 2015; 2:185-6.
  33. Lee JJ, Jabbour N. Teaching the Pharyngeal Flap and Sphincter Pharyngoplasty: The Sticky Note Method. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015; 79:1905-8. PMID: 26375931.
  34. D’Ancona G, Lee JJ, Pasta S, Pilato G, Rinaudo A, Follis F, Pilato M. Computational Analysis to Predict False-Lumen Perfusion and Outcome of Type B Aortic Dissection. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014; 148:1756-8. PMID: 25109756.
  35. Lee JJ, D’Ancona G, Amaducci A, Follis F, Pilato M, Pasta S. Role of Computational Modeling in Thoracic Aortic Pathology: A Review. J Card Surg. 2014; 29:653-62. PMID: 25080972.
  36. Rinaudo A, D’Ancona G, Lee JJ, Pilato G, Amaducci A, Baglini R, et al. Predicting Outcome of Aortic Dissection with Patent False Lumen by Computational Flow Analysis. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2014; 5:176-88.