Aaron Y. Lee M.D.

Aaron Y. Lee M.D.


  • English


  • Eye care (ophthalmology)


Dr. Aaron Lee was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas but grew up mainly in Denver, Colorado. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and then attended Washington University in St. Louis for his medical degree. During his time there, he also completed a master's degree in clinical investigations. He then completed an internship at St John's Mercy Medical Center and was trained in ophthalmology at Washington University in St Louis.

After finishing residency, Dr. Lee completed two fellowships in vitreoretinal diseases. He completed a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK and then a surgical retina fellowship at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Lee is an active clinician-scientist and is actively researching application of big data computing techniques in the field of ophthalmology. He has been the first to apply novel visualizations from results from cloud and cluster based computing environments.

Dr. Lee currently lives in the South Lake Union area with his wife who is also a retina specialist.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a clinician scientist, I am excited to help translate the latest breakthroughs in research into clinical care and to leverage the resources and facilities of University of Washington to provide excellent patient care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lee specializes in vitreoretinal and macular diseases including epiretinal membranes, macular hole repair, retinal detachment repair, and hereditary macular dystrophies.

Research Interests

Dr. Lee is interested in the intersection of large clinical medical datasets and using non-traditional computational techniques to both analyze and visualize the results. He has created programs to process next-generation sequencing data in supercomputing environments and analyzed numerous Big Data sources including CMS, US Census, and NLM MEDLINE archives.


Institution Credential Year
Washington University School of Medicine Master 2009
St. John's Mercy Medical Center Internship 2010
Washington University SOM Residency 2013
Moorfields Eye Hospital Fellowship 2014
University of British Columbia Fellowship 2015
Washington University School of Medicine Medical education 2009

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology 2014