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Nicolas H. Lee


Orthopedic surgeon
Specialist in complex fractures; boxing and snowboarding aficionado

Dr. Nicolas Lee is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, elbow, shoulder and microvascular surgery as well as in treating problem fractures. He is medical director of orthopedic services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where he sees adult and pediatric patients.

Lee received his bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Outside of work, Lee's interests include golf, basketball, snowboarding and boxing.

  • Education

    UCLA, 2007

  • Residencies

    Baylor College of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, 2012

  • Fellowships

    Medical College of Wisconsin, Hand and Microvascular Surgery, 2013

  • Board Certifications

    Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Everyone – regardless of socioeconomic or insurance status – deserves equal access to high-quality care.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    155 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 24, 2023
    Excellent treatment by the care provider. Above expectations.
    Oct 12, 2023
    Dr. Lee consistently demonstrates care authentic concern knowledge and amicability in all our interactions. He is an outstanding surgeon. He represents UCSF with excellence.
    Oct 10, 2023
    Dr. Lee obviously did not welcome most of my questions so I gave up and immediately decided to get further information from other sources and if necessary care from another medical doctor. In sum he was clearly anxious to end the appointment a couple minutes after giving the diagnosis. The questions I managed to squeeze in were answered and I appreciated these answers but he didn't seem to know how to act. If he wanted to insure I do not return to see him he succeeded.
    Aug 31, 2023
    I really think everyone was having an off day. Previous appointment was timely and everyone was helpful and answered all of the questions. This time was like cattle and doctor seemed annoyed at questions I asked though again my guess is they were rushed for some reason. Maybe overbooked?
    Aug 24, 2023
    Dr. Nicholas Lee answered all of my questions addressed my concerns about the risks involved in surgery and was very sympathetic. He explained that the risk doubles up if I get the surgery less than 3 months from the time I received the injection on my finger/hand. He makes sure I make an informed decision.
    Jul 16, 2023
    It's a good system
    Jul 11, 2023
    Everyone was AWESOME! Short wait time. Got right into exray upon arrival. Friendly providers with good energy and when I asked to see if my upcoming procedure could be done sooner rather than later the second doctor was in to talk to me within a few minutes. Nothing felt rushed. They truly seemed to care and if they don't they're amazing actors
    Jul 07, 2023
    Great doctor!
    Apr 18, 2023
    Sensitive & thoughtful Doctor
    Apr 04, 2023
    Dr. Lee is knowledgeable and caring doctor
    Mar 27, 2023
    Plan of action not very clear. Only allowed to discuss one aspect of the issues I'm having. Had to schedule another appointment to speak about the remainder.
    Mar 14, 2023
    Excellent care from the beginning my visit to the end.
    Feb 13, 2023
    Dr. Lee has just been great!
    Jan 31, 2023
    Dr. Lee was attentive listened very carefully to patient was thorough in his exam and explanation of issue and treatment.
    Jan 27, 2023
    Dr. Lee was excellent
    Jan 24, 2023
    Great visit. Went way easier than I expected
    Nov 15, 2022
    Dr. Lee and his team were amazing. We got in right away and the care received was outstanding.
    Nov 15, 2022
    Dr. Lee is excellent.
    Nov 08, 2022
    From start to finish I felt like I was in good hands! I felt heard the best plan possible was made under the circumstances!
    Oct 11, 2022
    I came in that day to find out that there was nothing that could be done to relieve my pain and receive the MRI results. The Doctor and assistant where very friendly but had no true solutions for my injury except referrals to other Doctors at other facilities that did treatments that might help. I appreciated the information but felt that it was a complete waste of my time and lots of money to be told that they could not help me. This could have been done over the phone instead I paid to bridge tolls gas parking and a doctors visit which all and all ended up being quite expensive.
    Oct 04, 2022
    Doctor was great!!! I fell very fortunate to be seen by the top doc specializing in elbow fractures. He was extremely clear and very engaging! Wish I could find a primary doctor like him!
    Sep 27, 2022
    Dr. Lee seemed a bit rushed but bedside manner is not my priority
    Aug 18, 2022
    Good experience
    Aug 09, 2022
    Treated with kindness and expertise.
    Aug 09, 2022
    Despite having a very busy day day and being short staffed I appreciate the time Dr. Lee spent listening to my concerns and talking with me.
    Jul 22, 2022
    My experience with Dr Lee was excellent. He took the time to explain treatment options and answer all my questions. He listened and worked with me to figure out the best treatment plan for me.
    Jul 19, 2022
    Dr. Lee was incredibly helpful explaining my condition and surgical options clearly. I am so thankful for his care.
    Apr 21, 2022
    Mar 22, 2022
    Great doc!
    Mar 01, 2022
    I absolute faith trust and respect that Dr Lee & I will handle whatever issues occur during my treatment .