William Lee, M.D.

William Lee, M.D.

  • Meredith Mosle Chair in Liver Disease in Honor of Dr. William M. Lee
  • Internal Medicine - Digestive & Liver Diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Liver Disease

Biography

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Dr. William Lee obtained his B.A. from Amherst College and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did his training in Internal Medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York City (Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center) and served as Chief Resident on the Internal Medicine service. He was Honorary Registrar and Research Fellow to Dr. Roger Williams at the Liver Unit, Kings College Hospital, London from 1973-74. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was Director of the Gastroenterology Division at the Medical University of South Carolina before coming to UT Southwestern in 1990.

Dr. Lee was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018.

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Meet Dr. Lee

Liver Disease Specialist

William M. Lee, M.D., is a renowned liver disease expert. He completed training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Kings College Hospital, London before embarking upon a career in academic medicine. He joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in 1990. Dr. Lee’s clinical research and patient care has focused on all forms of hepatitis—causes of inflammation and damage to the liver.

Dr. Lee became a hepatologist because the diseases of the liver are fascinating and represent unusual and important lessons in medicine.

After completing his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Lee completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then went on to serve as Honorary Registrar and Research Fellow to Dr. Roger Williams at the Liver Unit, Kings College Hospital, London from 1973-74. Dr. Lee joined the UT Southwestern faculty after more than two decades of experience as both a clinician and researcher.

Dr. Lee remains active in clinical research on viral hepatitis and drug-induced liver injury. He has been site investigator for four National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases-sponsored Networks: the HALT-C Trial, the Acute Liver Failure Study Group, the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, and the Hepatitis B Research Network.

Dr. Lee says he chose UT Southwestern because it has tremendous research depths in the basic and clinical sciences.

He is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. In 2009, he gave the prestigious Leon Schiff Memorial Lecture at the Annual AASLD meeting and in 2011 he received the Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Health/Sciences from the Dallas Historical Society. During the past year, he has given numerous lectures on topics related to his research.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Kings College School of Medicine (1973-1974), Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases
  • Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital (1971-1973), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - New York Presbyterian Hospital (1967-1968), Medicine
  • Medical School - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1963-1967)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (2015), Fellow
  • American College of Physicians (1976), Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • Alumni Gold Medal for Clinical Excellence from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 2018
  • Thomas A. and Shirley W. Roe Award, Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association
  • Secretary-Treasurer, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society
  • A. Blaine Brower Traveling Scholar, American College of Physicians
  • Leon Schiff Lecturer, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2008
  • Hyman Zimmerman Memorial Lecturer, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2013
  • Distinguished Clinician Educator/Mentor Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2014
Books & Publications
Research
  • Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
  • Drug-induced hepatotoxicity
  • Acute liver failure

Clinical Focus

  • Gastroenterology
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Transplant Medicine
  • Liver Cancer

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