Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee is Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and performed the nation’s first double-hand transplant. He will present at the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, September 27 – 30 in Orlando, on the topic of “How Super Specialization Drives Medical Tourism.”
Over the last two decades, Dr. Lee has mentored 80 pre and post-doctoral researcher, authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles and 40 textbook chapters on subjects ranging from hand surgery to composite tissue transplant. He co-edited a book, Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts which was published in 2008. In 2014 he cofounded the journal Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation where he serves as co-Editor-in-Chief.
Dr. Lee established multi-disciplinary programs for hand transplantation at Johns Hopkins and University of Pittsburgh using an immunomodulatory protocol based upon investigations in his laboratory. He led the surgical team that performed the first bilateral hand transplant (2009) and the trans-humeral transplant (2010) in the U.S. A salient feature of the protocol is single-agent immunosuppression (monotherapy) that minimizes the long-term risks of vascularized composite allo-transplantation.
Dr. Lee received his graduate degree in Physics from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery residency and microvascular research fellowship. He completed his plastic surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his orthopedic hand fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center. In 1993 he joined the plastic surgery faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, and became the director of Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory and the chief of hand service in Department of Surgery.
In 2002 Dr. Lee was appointed as the Division Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He was recruited to Johns Hopkins in 2010 to be the inaugural chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been appointed to chair the Associate Professor Promotion Committee of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and was elected Vice Chair of the Medical Board at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.