Department Urology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Cantonese, Chinese, English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bladder Tumor Biopsy And Resection
  • Cancer Center
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystoprostatectomy
  • Ileal Conduit
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Nephrectomy: Laparoscopic Or Open
  • Radical Orchiectomy
  • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Urologic Malignancies
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Urology
  • Vena Caval Thrombectomy
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Histologic Variants of Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Renal Pelvic Cancer
  • Renal Pelvis Cancer
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Cancer
  • Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinomas (UTUC)
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Vena Caval Tumor
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Byron Lee, MD, PhD

Byron Lee, MD, PhD is a surgeon/scientist with a primary appointment in the Department of Urology of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and a secondary appointment in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine of the Lerner Research Institute.

He attended medical and graduate school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed urology residency at Cleveland Clinic. After residency, he spent one year as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine before completing a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Lee’s primary clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and testis cancer. His research focuses on understanding how genomic and epigenetic alterations contribute to the development of bladder cancer, its progression, and its response to therapy.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Urologic Oncology
New York, NY USA

Fellowship - Stanford University Hospital
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Stanford, CA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Undergraduate - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA


  • Urology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 2/19/2020, Dr. Lee has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

184 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr. Lee provided the best explanation I've had (out of four) of the type of bladder cancer that I have, the choices of treatment available, including reconstruction options, and his recommendations in my particular case. It was his personality, his clarity and his excellent delivery, including his willingness and ability to answer all my questions, that made Cleveland Clinic my first choice for treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr. Lee was referred by my former doctor, Dr. Klein. We were happy to get an appointment quickly. We had several questions, and Dr. Lee was very patient, professional, and practical in his responses.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Lee was very helpful and I valued his expertise and willingness to listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

I find Dr. Lew to be an outstanding Doctor both technically competent but also a very good human touch.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Lee is amazing. I finally found a caring doctor with a bedside manner than is beyond my wildest expectations.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

I could not have been more pleased with how well my first experience at Cleveland Clinic has been. I look forward to my upcoming surgical care that I will be receiving from Dr. Byron Lee in the near future,

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

Dr. Lee is an amazing physician and I am blessed to have him as the main doctor of my care team.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Dr Lee is an example of what healthcare and doctoring should be. The most skilled and caring doctor I've ever had

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

dr Lee is are great doctor. his staff is very professional .

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

excellent cooperation and discussion with Dr Lee

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

dr. Byron lee made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Extraordinary doctor, staff and facility. I am in awe of the professionalism, care and proactive handling of my case.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Lee is an extraordinary physician and shows exceptional concern for the patient, family and care going forward.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

it was a very good experience the doctor was very courtesy polite

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr Lee is AWESOME. He listens and answers any of our questions or concerns

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Dr. Lee is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and kind. He put me at ease immediately upon meeting him.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

very good experience dr lee and staff were very friendly and helpful to me

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

I liked dr lee very much listened and was very concerned and helpful

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

*Dr. Lee is hands down the finest healthcare provider I have ever encountered. His concern, and empathy, and overall manner is only exceeded by his brilliant intellect and surgical talent.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr Byron Lee and his nurse are very awesome !! they have a way of bonding with me and my wife in a way with their Professionism and compassion and have our faith in them both 110 percent, he takes time to talk in terms that are easy to understand and they really do care about me, and in me having the best outcome in my health before my kidney cancer surgery and after during follow up visits, I can't imagine Better doctor to see for my current or future care, and none better in my mind to have operated on me, he is a Treasure to your hospital and my health and surely the same with every patient he talks to a a patient of his and his nurse I care and love them both from the bottom of my heart, I am Blessed and in awe in how lucky man I am to be in their care, everyone in his department has been great at every visit !

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Dr.Lee is an excellent Dr.!

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

excellent customer service. Dr. Lee was very knowledgeable and well versed in his profession.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I feel fortunate to have gotten Dr. Lee. He has a great "bedside manner."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr. Lee is an extraordinary physician and his patient interaction skills match his considerable medical ones.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Dr. Lee listens, explains, dispels erroneous assumptions, considers opinions, and comforts by doing so. That's everything I want in a physician.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

really liked Dr. Lee . he explained things very well and did not use too much medical terminology. he was very nice and not condescending. he was very patient with my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Impressed that Doctor Lee personally called a day prior to surgery to make sure I understood what the surgery was going to be.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

My experience was great. I asked about some next steps if the less than desirable outcomes were experienced and the provider preferred not to go there. He was very optimistic and didn't want to discuss. For me, when I asked the question twice I wish I had gotten a more complete answer. I'm optimistic and want to be but I do want to understand realistic worst or next worst case so I am not ignorant. I have had conversations with Oncologist independent of my diagnosis and I understand why but when the patient really wants to know, he needs to be told, otherwise all he has is the Internet. The questions should be answered even at the risk of it backfiring on occasion.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. told me around 9:a.m. I was being discharged. I didn't leave until almost 7 p.m.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

very much liked Dr. Lee. his care and interaction with dad and the family was a well needed lift.

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