Kenneth H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric otolaryngology and serves as Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano.

Dr. Lee earned his medical degree and a doctorate in anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University. He completed a residency in head and neck surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and received advanced training in otolaryngology and pediatric otolaryngology through separate fellowships at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, respectively.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2007.

Dr. Lee’s research interests include cochlear implantation, sensorineural hearing loss, and spiral ganglion cells. He leads a research lab that is developing a self-coiling cochlear implant electrode array using shape memory polymers, which would allow for fewer traumas during insertion of cochlear implants. He is the author of numerous publications, book chapters, and scholarly articles and frequently delivers presentations and invited lectures.

Dr. Lee is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Triological Society, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and the Korean American Otolaryngology Society.

He holds the John W. and Rhonda K. Pate Professorship in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Boston University School of Medicine (1990-1998)
  • Graduate School - Boston University School of Medicine (1990-1998)
  • Medical School - Boston University School of Medicine (1990-1998)
  • Internship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (1998-1998), General Surgery
  • Internship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (1999-2000), General Surgery
  • Research Fellowship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital (2000-2002), Otolaryngology
  • Residency - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2002-2006), Otolaryngology
  • Fellowship - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (2006-2007), Pediatric Otolaryngology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Otological Society
  • Triological Society
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Korean American Otolaryngology Society
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist, 2015, 2021, 2022
  • Best Doctor in Plano for Pediatric Otolaryngology 2019, Plano Magazine
  • Triological Society Honorable Mention Award for Thesis 2014
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award 2012
  • Head and Neck Surgery Faculty Teaching Award 2011, UT Southwestern, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Washington University Joseph M Chole Humanitarian Award 2006
  • Washington University Department of Otolaryngology Medical Student Teaching Award 2006
  • American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology Potsic Award 2006
  • Triological Society Francis Lederer Award 2005
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Resident Research Award 2002
Books & Publications
  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Developing a Novel Self-Coiling Cochlear Implant Electrode Array

Clinical Focus

  • Hearing Loss in Children
  • Chronic Ear Disease
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

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