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Dr. Lee-may Chen, a specialist in cancers of the female reproductive system, is director of UCSF's gynecologic oncology division. She has a particular interest in surgical and medical management of ovarian cancer.

Chen's research focuses on early detection in women who are at high risk of developing gynecological cancer, as well as symptom management and decision making in the treatment of these cancers.

Chen earned her medical degree and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. She completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center before joining UCSF Medical Center in 1999.

  • Education

    University of Michigan School of Medicine, 1992

  • Residencies

    University of Michigan Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996

  • Fellowships

    UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Gynecologic Oncology, 1999

  • Board Certifications

    Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Academic Title


  • Languages


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    227 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 27, 2023
    Dr. Chen is wonderful.
    Feb 09, 2023
    Dr Lee-May Chen was exceptional. I'm so grateful I could see her.
    Jan 22, 2023
    Questioned my other health issues in great detail almost calling into question my autoimmune issues. Was borderline condescending about them and my opinion about MY health. Was questioning me In great detail about my over tens years in the BRCA prevention program. Questioning why I wasn't involved in the surveillance teamone I had never been told about that only started about 4 years ago. Left feeling like I wasn't welcome instead of feeling like she was a doctor that was there to care for me
    Jan 14, 2023
    I have been with Dr. Chen for many years. She's taking good care of my cancer journey very well.
    Dec 29, 2022
    Dr Chen is probably the best doctor I've ever had in terms of listening to me observing and communicating what I need to know allowing me time to participate in my care and understand what's happening to the best of my ability very calming.
    Dec 24, 2022
    I've been seeing Dr. Chen for many years she is the best doctor one can have if one must have cancer!
    Dec 22, 2022
    Very Good
    Dec 18, 2022
    Highly recommend!:)
    Dec 10, 2022
    Dr. Chen was very professional and informative concerning my rare diagnosis. She reviewed my chart and clearly and precisely explained my condition and treatment options.
    Nov 29, 2022
    The issue was that we thought we were discussing treatment options but Dr. Chen was focused on post operative issues. We were not in the same page. It was a hard conversation and my questions were not addressed. I think we all came into the discussion with different agendas and that lead to probably all of us getting frustrated.
    Oct 20, 2022
    I always trust my oncologist Dr. Lee May Chen
    Oct 18, 2022
    Very Good
    Oct 06, 2022
    Seems very busy and rushed. Waited over an Hr while undressed but draped and the medical assistant brought me water. During a stressful time it was a bit uncomforting. Again staff was very nice
    Oct 02, 2022
    I would recommend Dr. Chen and her practice to every single person who needs such treatment.
    Sep 19, 2022
    I filled out paper work sent to me and then they asked all the same questions again
    Sep 18, 2022
    The Provider is excellent in her field in her care in her continued devotion to finding the best way for me. I am not surprised that others like and need her expertise so understand there are waits sometimes as she attends the most urgent needs. I am truly grateful.
    Sep 17, 2022
    Dr Chen is wonderful! She's always so caring never rushes love her. Been going to her since 2009!
    Sep 15, 2022
    The best
    Sep 08, 2022
    Dr. Chen was patient & thorough in her explanations. She answered all of our questions and discussed possible follow-up options. I felt secure in her knowledge and efforts to give me the best possible care.
    Sep 01, 2022
    Staff was awesome
    Sep 01, 2022
    Dr. Chen is the best! She is calm explains things clearly and really listens to her patients' concerns. Seeing her yesterday made me feel much better about my path going forward.
    Aug 18, 2022
    Everything Good
    Jul 14, 2022
    Jul 04, 2022
    Very knowledgeable and reassuring. Made me feel confident about upcoming procedures.
    Jun 04, 2022
    Imposible better. Very professional and empathetic
    May 28, 2022
    Doctor Lee May Chen is the best
    May 12, 2022
    Dr Chen is the best oncologist I could imagine; respectful brilliant I feel cared for well.
    Apr 23, 2022
    Praise for Dr. Chen.
    Mar 19, 2022
    The UCsf hospital is the best
    Mar 18, 2022
    Absolutely WONDERFUL experience with her I really don't think it could have been any better so thanks so much
    Mar 07, 2022
    Dr. Chen is wonderful and I'd also like to mention that the resident was terrific as well.
    Feb 21, 2022
    Dr Chen has been a wonderful provider to me
    Feb 10, 2022
    The best
    Feb 08, 2022
    My Dr and her team are always respectful as well as compassionate.
    Feb 08, 2022
    Dr Chen was fine but the resident was horrible.
    Jan 24, 2022
    Dr. Chen is not only highly skilled she is also a good listener.
    Nov 13, 2021
    Nov 03, 2021
    I have the best care provider and feel very well taken of.
    Sep 13, 2021
    All of these answers reflect on 4th year student and resident
    Aug 20, 2021
    Dr Chen is the best oncological gynecologist I've ever had. After having cancer for nine years I've had two others and I never felt like they heard me. They had an agenda and Dr Chen only wants what is best for you.
    Aug 06, 2021
    This provider is one of the very best doctors (or people) I've ever met! She listens responds and makes sure I have a good idea of what my condition and options are. She is respectful and honors my beliefs while always sharing meaningful information. She allows my hope encourages my efforts.
    Jul 30, 2021
    Care Provider showed minimal interest in me as a patient.Barely looked at me.Writing up her report as I was asking initial questions.Looked like there was not enough medical to see everyone.
    Jul 10, 2021
    Very nice doctor who listens well.
    Apr 25, 2021
    Dr. Chen is very caring and patience explaining the findings of the surgery in detail so I have a clear understanding of my conditions