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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

Graduate School - 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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 11/12/2020, 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

188 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

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

I love Dr Lee

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

the doctor didn't provide details if we don't do the surgery. when tried to ask thru my chart...nurse reply was very rude

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr Lee and his entire staff are excellent in all ways!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Lee was very confident and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

The virtual call went smoothly, and Dr. Lee was cordial and informative. I appreciate his staff, Johnathan, who helped to set up the arrangements.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Lee is as good as it gets. A physician and Man for All Seasons.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Dr . Byron Lee was caring, informative and professional in the highest degree.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

dr Lee is the best - couldn't ask for better care

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Top Rate Provider.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Dr Lee is great.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Dr Lee is very easy to talk to and provided thorough explanations for everything, and showed real empathy for my situation.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

dr B and his staff are very courteous and professional. Dr. Lee always takes the time to answer our questions and concerns. We are grateful for dr. Lee's commitment to my fight against cancer.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

I would highly recommend Dr. Lee to anyone with a diagnosis such as mine. Dr. Lee is very knowledgeable, Competent and has a great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr Lee and his nurse answered all our questions and made me feel more at ease, I'm looking forward to having my procedure done at the Cleveland Clinic, just waiting on my insurance company to approve coverageThank you Dr Lee and staff

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

The zoom technology did not work so Dr. Lee and I had to do it over the phone. Not a real big deal but a little disappointing.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Everybody including dr. Lee was wonderful.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

dr.lee is so personable and explains everything medically that you can understand

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Lee is so bright & to the point...excellent..

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

*Dr. Lee was amazing.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Dr. Lee is amazing...he shares his opinions and knowledge.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr Lee is awesome! He is the best doctor you could ever want! His ability to make you feel at ease and treat you as a person not a patient. His bedside manner is wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr Lee and the intern who was with him on that day were extremely knowledgeable patient and attentive to our needs and questions. They both took their time and explained all options and procedures to help my husband and I make the right decisions for me and my treatment. I felt very comfortable with the staff at the Cleveland Clinic and it was definitely worth the 7 hour drive. Also Dr Stein called me to let me know that he felt like Dr Lee was the best urologist for my diagnosis the day before my appointment which I considered extensively kind of him to take the time to do that himself knowing how busy they have to be. Thank you to all involved with my care.. it was very appreciated at this very scary time for me.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

So lucky that we got referred to Dr Lee, he is the best

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Evan though I had an appt, I was contacted by Dr. Lee's staff, checking on my condition.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Excellent experience. Dr. Lee gave me a thorough and understandable diagnosis, options, and recommendation. He gave me time to ask questions although he had covered about everything. He was easy to talk to. I feel like I fully understand my diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr Lee always shows mom patience and respect

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Overall, I feel that this is an excellent practice. I really like Dr Lee's concern for his patients. The appointment process can be a bit overwhelming and impersonal

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Cannot say enough about Dr. Lee and his nurse Jacki. they made us feel like we've known them for years. So informative and reassuring. Don't let these 2 get away

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Doctor Byron Lee makes sure he answer all of my questions and concerns before he leaves the room with me and I think that's good.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

I am a new patient to Dr Lee and he was very nice and listened and answered thoroughly all of my concerns

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

I'm most confident in Dr. Lee's skill and concern for my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr. Lee makes me feel like I'm his only patient.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr. Lee is excellent. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and professional, he is caring

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Dr Lee and the male nurse are excellent representatives of CCF. I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the nurse. Outstanding.

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

I have and will continue to promote Dr Lee. he is simply the best - eases my concerns and thoroughly explains things so I understand

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

Would definitely recommend Dr. Lee as a caring, knowledgeable and skilled physician.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Dr. Byron Lee has a terrific ability to relate to patients, explain things and answer questions. He one of the best!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Lee was very kind, confident and respectfull. His skills are above and beyond, good kind hands. Explained and answered everything. Thank you

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Lee and his staff were very compassionate and attentive to my 87 year old mom who is experiencing a very rough time post surgery.

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.

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