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Hanmin Lee


Director, Fetal Treatment Center

Dr. Hanmin Lee is director of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center and surgeon-in-chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He treats a wide variety of surgical conditions in fetuses, infants and children. He is an internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive fetal and neonatal surgery, as well as the treatment of life-threatening birth defects.

Lee's research focuses on innovations in surgery. He has published more than 150 papers on fetal and pediatric surgery, and he has helped lead multiple trials funded by the National Institutes of Health examining advanced new pediatric and fetal surgical procedures. He also leads UCSF Surgical Innovations, a multidisciplinary research initiative that brings doctors, engineers and data scientists together. The team works to combine solutions from various fields and technologies, with the goal of addressing areas of clinical need. Lee's lab is particularly focused on value-based solutions to improving patient care.

Lee earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, where he completed his training in general surgery. He also completed training in pediatric surgery at Emory University, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University.

  • Education

    New York University School of Medicine, 1991

  • Residencies

    New York University Medical Center, Surgery, 1992

  • Fellowships

    Boston Children's Hospital, Tissue Engineering, 1996

    Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University, Pediatric Surgery, 2000

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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"My overarching way of interacting with patients is: Just treat them like you would your own family."

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    37 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 07, 2023
    Very kind to answer our concerns.
    Mar 15, 2023
    Very kind and respectful with my daughter, and with us, and the doctor answered our questions.
    Mar 15, 2023
    He is very personable. Easy to understand. Also he's a good listener.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Excellent doctor, examined my son with delicacy.
    Jun 01, 2022
    I like it
    Apr 27, 2022
    It was a waste of time.
    Decorative Caduceus

    Pilot Trial of Fetoscopic Endoluminal Tracheal Occlusion (FETO) in Severe Left Congenital Diaph...

    Number of effective placements of balloon to occlude trachea via fetoscopy by performing Fetoscopic Endoluminal Tracheal Occlusion (FETO) in fetuses with severe left congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), as defined by lung to hea...