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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.

Biographical Info

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

NKF Young Investigator Grant, National Kidney Foundation, 2017

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Nephrology)
Clinical Expertise
Kidney Transplantations
Transplantation Nephrology
Kidney Transplant
Transplantation Nephrologist
Transplantation, Kidney
Transplant Nephrology
Transplant, Kidney
  • M.S.
    Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University
  • M.D.
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • A.B.
    Harvard College
  • Assistant Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Leadership Roles: 
Chinese American Medical Society
Other Interest: 
Astellas Pharma Inc.