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Michael J. Lee, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

An expert spine surgeon, Michael Lee, MD, treats spinal injuries, degenerative conditions and spinal deformity as well as complex tumors of the spinal cord. He is dedicated to improving safety and quality measures for spine surgery.

As the principal investigator for several research studies, Dr. Lee has worked to identify risk factors for post-operative lumbar spondylolisthesis and to enhance lumbar spine surgical techniques. He recently has focused efforts on creating models to predict the likelihood of complication after spine surgery. In addition to his research, Dr. Lee teaches medical students, residents, fellows and practicing spine surgeons. Past courses have focused on the surgical treatment of complex spinal tumors and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Lee has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on spinal conditions and surgical treatments. He has chaired several spinal surgery teaching courses and has edited two textbooks. He also serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, and has received numerous grants to support his research. Dr. Lee has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences. In 2013, he was named to the list of Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park
14290 S. La Grange Rd 
Orland Park, IL 60462

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship and Residency

Case Western Reserve University


Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AO Spine North America
Lumbar Spine Research Society
North American Spine Society
Washington State Medical Association
Washington State Orthopaedic Association

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 834-3531 

Office Fax

(773) 702-4765

Office Postal Address

Michael J. Lee, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3079
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Spine care
  • Degenerative spine
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal column tumors
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

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Learn More About Dr. Lee

Watch Dr. Lee’s video discussing the importance of communication between him and his patients.

Since Dr. Lee performed a minimally invasive spine procedure to relieve Keith Affeld's back pain, Affeld is pain-free and enjoying retirement.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Lee's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.