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Dr. Kiwon Lee, MD


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Physician Biography

Dr. Lee is the Directory of Neurocritical Care for Mischer Neuroscience Institute, and the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the UTHealth Medical School Department of Neurology.

Dr. Lee is a graduate of Columbia University, and he received formal training in cerebrovascular disease, neurological and neurosurgical critical care from Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2007, he was recruited to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. As a full time faculty attending for the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he has treated all critically ill, acute brain injury patients using the latest breakthrough in ICU technologies. He has trained multiple generations of both neurology and neurosurgery trainees as well as a large group of critical care fellows including neurocritical care, anesthesia surgical critical care fellows and pulmonary critical care fellows. He has served on hospital quality assurance committee and multidisciplinary, interdepartmental stroke and critical care committees at the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.

Since 2012, Dr. Lee has taken a leadership position as the Director of Neurocritical Care and the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery, as well as vice chairman for clinical affairs at the department of neurology of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

Dr. Lee is the editor-in-chief of a formal textbook in neurocritical care, the Neuro-ICU Book, and has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications. He is involved in many ongoing national and international research projects. His research focuses on acute interventional stroke therapies and advanced treatment of delayed ischemic neurological deficits after subarachnoid hemorrhages. He has been actively involved in hemostasis research as well as advanced cardiac output monitoring research for severe brain injury patients. He has been invited to give numerous keynote speeches and grand rounds, as well as CME and special lectures around the world.

He is a reviewer for several leading medical journals including Neurology, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurocritical Care, Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He is the editor for neurological critical care for the critical care year book publication. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Neurocritical Care Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is on the editorial advisory board for the journal of Hospital Practice. He has been named a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Stroke Council, American College of Physicians, and American College of Critical Care Medicine.
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