Sun Young Lee, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Clinician Scientist

Clinical Focus

  • Diagnosis and treatment of inherited retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, macular dystrophy, and unusual retinal dystrophies
  • Disease and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, retinal detachment, macular surgery, and complex retinal detachment


  • MD: Pusan National University, Busan, S. Korea
  • PhD: University of Ulsan, Seoul, S. Korea
  • Ophthalmology Residency: Asan Medical Center, Seoul, S. Korea
  • Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship: Asan Medical Center, Seoul, S. Korea
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Board Certification: Korean Academy of Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Grant Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), 2009
  • Dr. Henry & Lilian Nesburn Award for Best Research by a Resident, Los Angeles Ophthalmology Society (LASO), 2016
  • Fellowship Research Award, Retina Society, 2017
  • Clinician Scientist Developmental Award, Presbyterian Health Foundation (PHF), 2019


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Sun Young Lee, MD, PhD