John R. Lee, M.D., MS
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John R. Lee, M.D., MS


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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

As a nephrologist, I strive to provide excellent care to patients with kidney disease as well as kidney transplant recipients. I also conduct research on characterizing the relationship of the microbiome and complications in patients with kidney disease and kidney transplant recipients. My work is currently funded by an NIH K23 career development award, an NIH R21 exploratory/development award, and a National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator Research Grant. I am also heavily involved in mentoring and training future nephrologists, allowing me to keep up-to-date on the latest treatments and to apply the latest medical advances to my patients.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Adult Nephrology


  • Kidney Transplantations
  • Transplantation Nephrology
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Transplantation Nephrologist
  • Transplantation, Kidney
  • Transplant Nephrology
  • Transplant, Kidney


Dr. John Richard Lee is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His education include an AB from Harvard College, an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and an MS in Clinical Investigation from Weill Cornell Graduate Scholl of Medical Sciences. His clinical training was completed at NewYork-Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Lee is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Dr. Lee is a physician-scientist with expertise in translational microbiome research studies. He has pioneered work in establishing the relationship between the gut microbiota and post-transplant diarrhea as well as the relationship between the gut microbiota and urinary tract infections. He currently has two NIH grants, a K23 career development award and an R21 exploratory/development research grant. In addition he was awarded the 2017 National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator Research grant. With these three grants, he is investigating the relationship between the gut microbiota and complications in kidney transplant recipients, the relationship between the urine microbiota and urinary tract infections, and the relationship between the peritoneal fluid microbiome and peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

NKF Young Investigator Grant, National Kidney Foundation, 2017


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Nephrology)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.S., Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, 2016
  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 2007
  • A.B., Harvard College, 2003


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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