John Lee




Dr. John Lee is Head of the Division of Rhinology and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto based out of St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.  He completed his residency training at the University of Toronto before pursuing an advanced fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lee’s clinical and academic focus is in advanced rhinology (diseases of the nose and sinuses) and endoscopic skull base surgery (in collaboration with neurosurgery).  He has a masters degree in health research methodology and has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, 14 book chapters and 1 textbook related to this field.  In addition to his research interests, Dr. Lee is active in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate trainees and has previously won both “Resident Teacher of the Year” from his department and also an Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award from the Provincial Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO).

As an Investigator in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Dr. Lee has research interests in the following areas:

1) The role of nasal nitric oxide in the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis

2) Clinical outcomes in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery

3) Clinical epidemiology

Dr. Lee accepts summer students as well as research volunteers.  

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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
  • Faculty Member, F1000Prime, Section of Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Information Technology Committee, American Rhinologic Societt
  • Awards Committee, American Rhinologic Society
  • Rhinology Working Group, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery