Language: English
Gender: Male
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Transplantation Medicine
525 East 68th Street , 8th Floor
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-8974
(212) 746-3020
424 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-0155

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 & Expertise


  • Transplantation Nephrology
  • Transplantation Nephrologist
  • Transplant Nephrology
  • Adult Nephrology


  • Kidney Transplantations
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Transplantation, Kidney
  • Transplant, Kidney

Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans


Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 2007
  • A.B., Harvard College, 2003


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.