Benjamin Lee, MD
Dr. Benjamin Lee, The George W. Drach Endowed Chair in Urology, Chair & Professor of Urology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona has focused his career on advancing new treatments for renal cell carcinoma as well as and development of new technologies & techniques for Endourology & Urologic Oncology. He is author or co-author of more than 200 manuscripts, book chapters, videos and abstracts. Dr. Lee graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude in 1990. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and then continued at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins for residency. He was Assistant Professor at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and then promoted to Associate Professor in 2004. He was then promoted to Professor with tenure at the Department of Urology at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2008. He has published on methods to decrease the morbidity of surgery; identifying methods of decreasing recurrence of cancer; explanations why the immune system may be activated differently following laparoscopy compared to open surgery, and further studies into preserving kidney function during laparoscopic & robotic kidney surgery. Dr. Lee’s research has been recognized by awards from the American Urological Association, The Endourological Society and Urology Journal. He was awarded the prestigious Arthur Smith Award in 2008 for his contributions to the discipline of robotics, laparoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery. He was Organizing Secretary of the 31st World Congress of Endourology which was held in New Orleans, LA in 2013. In July 2019, he led the evolution of the independent Department of Urology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.