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Kevin Lee, DDS, MD

Kevin Lee

Assistant Teaching Professor
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Kevin Lee is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with additional subspecialty training in head and neck oncologic surgery. He treats and manages benign and malignant disease processes of the head and neck (oral cavity, oropharnx, hypopharynx, larynx, thyroid, skin, salivary glands) and has a particular interest and clinical expertise in oral cavity cancer and maxillofacial reconstruction.

Dr. Lee attended both dental and medical schools at Columbia University followed by an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Columbia University/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. After residency, he obtained additional fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and microvascular surgery at Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Fellowship – Head and Neck Surgery, 2024

Columbia University/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Residency – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2023

Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
MD, 2020

Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine
DDS, 2017

University of Pennsylvania}
BA, 2013

Teaching or Research Interests

  • Improving survival outcomes in head and neck surgery
  • Improving detection and surveillance of oral cavity cancer in the community
  • Mitigating complications with radiation and medication related osteonecrosis
  • Dental rehabilitation following free flap reconstruction

Publications and Research

Original Articles (selected)

Lee KC, Gardella J, Balsiger R, Singh AK, Hicks WL, Markiewicz MR, Al Afif A. Is dental specialty referral associated with earlier presentation of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma? J Oral Maxillofac Surg (In press)

Lee KC, Frias V, Ozturk C, Best DL, Markiewicz MR. Bimaxillary immediate prosthetic rehabilitation using a custom maxillary subperiosteal implant and fibula free flap mandibular reconstruction after tumor ablation. J Craniofac Surg 2024;35(3):e280-e282. 

Lee KC, Waring NA, Yu VX, Okolo O, Caruana SM, Troob SH, Parikh AS. Prolonged operative time predicts postoperative deep venous thrombosis in head and neck cancer patients who undergo free flap reconstruction. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2023;8(6):1584-1588.

Lee KC, Costandi JJ, Carrao V, Eisig SB, Perrino MA. Autogenous iliac crest versus rhBMP-2 for alveolar cleft grafting: a 14-year single-institution experience. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021;79(2):431-440.

Naik K, Lee KC, Torroni A. Does open reduction and internal fixation provide a quality-of-life benefit over traditional closed reduction of mandibular condyle fractures? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;78(11):2018-2026.

Lee KC, Naik K, Wu BW, Karlis V, Chuang SK, Eisig SB. Are motorized scooters associated with more severe craniomaxillofacial injuries? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;78(9):1583-1589.

Lee KC, Chuang SK, Philipone EM, Peters SM. Characteristics and prognosis of primary head and neck angiosarcomas: a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) analysis of 1,250 cases. Head Neck Pathol 2019;13(3):378-385.

Lee KC, Chuang SK, Philipone EM, Peters SM. Which clinicopathologic factors affect the prognosis of gingival squamous cell carcinoma: a population analysis of 4,345 cases. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2019;77(5):986-993.

Lee KC, Eisig SB, Carrao V, Chuang SK, Perrino MA. Which factors affect length of stay and readmission rate in mandibular distraction osteogenesis? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2019;77(8)1681-1686.

Book Chapters (selected) 

Lee KC, Neal TW, Peacock Z, Cuddy K, Kademani D, Melville JC, Markiewicz MR. Local and pedicle flaps for the maxillary and midface defects. Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am (In press)

Lee KC. Benign salivary gland neoplasms. Pages 351-363. In: Louis Mandel’s Clinical Management of Salivary Gland Disorders, First Edition, 2024. Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Lee KC. Malignant salivary gland neoplasms. Pages 365-374. In: Louis Mandel’s Clinical Management of Salivary Gland Disorders, First Edition, 2024. Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Lee KC, Reynolds R, Recker MJ, Markiewicz MR. Rigid fixation of the pediatric facial skeleton. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am 2023;35(4):529-541.PMID: 37537081.

Recker MJ, Lee KC, Reynolds RM, Nguyen A, Markiewicz MR. Innovations in craniofacial surgery. Pages 1-36. In: James C. Melville, Simon Young & Paulo G. Coelho’s Advancements and Innovations in OMFS, ENT, and Facial Plastic Surgery, First Edition, 2023. Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Halepas S, Lee KC, Castiglione C, Ferneini EM. Grafting in modern rhinoplasty. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am 2021;33(1):61-69.

Appointments and Professional Specialties

  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)