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Nita Karnik Lee, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Nita Karnik Lee, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with gynecologic malignancies. Her focus is on providing comprehensive and compassionate care to women diagnosed with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancers. She is skilled in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers and complex benign gynecologic conditions.

Dr. Lee’s research interests include cancer survivorship, cancer disparities, and clinical trials focusing on new therapies for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers. She is an active member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a cooperative research group supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Her recent funded research focuses on endometrial cancer survivorship and the importance of healthy lifestyle change after diagnosis. She is also interested in the screening, prevention, and early detection of gynecologic cancers by educating providers and patients.

Practice Locations

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

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

University of Chicago Obstetrics
and Gynecology Specialty Services
Pavilion A
1890 Silver Cross Boulevard, Suite 475
New Lenox, IL 60451

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynecologic Oncology

Medical School

Tulane University

Internship and Residency

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago


University of California at San Francisco Medical Center
Stanford University Hospital, CA


Gynecologic Oncology Group
Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6721

Office Fax

(773) 702-5411

Office Postal Address

Nita Lee, MD,
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2050
Chicago, IL 60637

Physician Photo

Clinical Interests

  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Vulvar/vaginal cancers
  • Surgical treatment for gynecologic cancers
  • Chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers
  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgery for cancer and complex gynecologic cases
  • Cancer survivorship

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Learn More About Dr. Lee

The University of Chicago Medicine's Science Life blog featured Dr. Lee in a series of brief videos discussing cervical cancer detection, treatment, risk factors, and the HPV vaccine.

In 2012, Dr. Lee was named a junior faculty scholar in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, an initiative that seeks to improve doctor-patient relations through physician career development.

Selected Publications

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