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Robert T. Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S.

History and Services Provided:
  • Retina and Vitreous Diseases and Surgery.

  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

  • Diseases with Cryotherapy

Dr. Robert T. Lee is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He has been in private practice at Retina & Vitreous, LLC, in South Bend, Indiana since 1998. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, which include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal tear and detachment, and retinopathy of prematurity. He performs a multitude of in-office procedures, ranging from various laser treatments to intravitreal injection of medications, as well as major surgical procedures in the operating room setting. He has privileges at Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center. Dr. Lee serves as the director for retinopathy of prematurity care at Memorial Hospital's newborn intensive care unit (NICU). He has served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center as well as Vice-Chairman at Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Lee grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1986 with a Bachelor's of Science. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 1992. During medical school training, Dr. Lee was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Student Research Training Grant. He completed his internship in the Department of Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, in 1993 and his residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in 1996 where he served as Chief resident of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lee graduated from the vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma in 1998.

His honors and awards include: Dean's List from Johns Hopkins University, Biology Honors Program from Johns Hopkins University, National Finalist at the American Medical Association's Symposium for Scientific Advancement and Excellence in Medical Student Research, Neurosciences Subspecialty Award at Western Medical Student Research Forum, Dean's Prize in Research-Finalist and Winner at the University of California School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Training Fellowship, and March of Dimes Medical Honoree for Northern Indiana. He is the author of numerous scientific publications including studies in Biochemistry, Journal of Chromatography, Nature, Neuropeptides, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, and Retina. He has made many lecture presentations nationally. Dr. Lee has been cited as "America's Top Ophthalmologist" in Retina/Vitreous surgery by Consumer's Research Council of America annually since 2009.

Dr. Lee has shared his experience in retinal and vitreous surgery by teaching the surgical residents and continues his teaching to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other health care professionals in the Northern Indiana medical community. His teaching activities also included supervision of student research at the UCSF and Fluorescein Angiography Conference at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, where he was the organizer and conference leader. Dr. Lee is a member of many professional organizations including American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American College of Surgeons, ACERS Society, and Cordes Eye Society.

Dr. Lee takes pride in the care he provides to his patients. He has committed himself to his patient's overall well-being by devoting his full efforts to find the optimal treatment for the best possible outcome for their condition. It is very important to him to utilize the most current medical treatments and advanced surgical techniques to treat their individual needs.

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