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Teng C. Lee, MD,FACS

About Dr. Lee

Teng C. Lee, MD, FACS, is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco, and co-director of the UCSF Center for Aortic Disease. In addition, he is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Washington Township Medical Foundation and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

Dr. Lee is part of our mission to offer patients the highest level of care available anywhere. To further that goal, we have a strategic relationship with UCSF Health and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The focus is to create a comprehensive and integrated regional health care network. This includes providing Tri-City residents local access to many of UCSF’s renowned specialty services, including cardiothoracic services, and providing expanded access to these specialized physicians.

Prior to UCSF, Dr. Lee was co-director of the Aorta Center at University of Florida. He also founded the Center for Aortic Disease at University of Maryland and also started the highly successful Transcatheter Aortic Valve (TAVR) program there.

Originally from Singapore, he graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He then went on to a general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he was also the Dudley P. Allen Scholar before finishing his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Duke University.

He also completed a fellowship in Endovascular/Interventional Radiology at Skåne University Hospital (Lund University) in Malmö, Sweden where he trained under the world-renowned Krassi Ivancev, M.D., Ph.D. and another fellowship in advanced aortic surgery, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support at Duke University. Dr. Lee is one of only a handful of "hybrid" specialists fully cross-trained in both interventional and open surgical techniques for the treatment of complex thoracic aortic disease.

Dr. Lee, who speaks English, Mandarin and Taiwanese, is a widely published author of peer-reviewed research. He has a special interest in the development of next-generation stent-graft technology, along with outcomes and management of aortic dissection.

Work Experience

Clinical Expertise

  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, including off-pump
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Re-operative surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Repair
  • Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve-sparing root replacement
  • Dudley P. Allen Surgical Research Scholar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH––Postdoctoral training (2001-2003)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • College
  • B.S. with Honors Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN
  • Medical School
  • Washington University School of Medicine
    St. Louis, MO
  • Residency
  • Surgery Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
  • Thoracic Surgery Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC
  • Fellowship
  • Aortic Surgery and Cardiopulmonary Transplant/Mechanical Circulatory Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC
  • Endovascular and Interventional Radiology Lunds universitet (Malmo University Hospital)
    Malmo, SWE