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Dr. Richard Lee, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery ·  Male · Age 43

Dr. Lee

Newport Orthopedic Institute

22 Corporate Plaza Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Dr. Richard Lee, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Newport Beach, CA. He graduated from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.


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4.0

Based on 79 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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My pain was relieved
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I would give him negative stars if I could. I drove down from Thousand Oaks and was sitting in the car for 3 hours, which for those of us with 3 herniated disc know is very unpleasant. Then when I get there, they tell me that it was the wrong office and I would have to reschedule. The scheduler called him and he was "busy". Doesn't matter how good a doctor is, if they don't have any empathy for their patients.
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Dr. Lee and his team have been excellent! Thorough, patient, and most importantly highly skilled. I was initially terrified of the procedure. But Dr. Lee patiently explained it to me several times and his coordinator, Kim, also spent time setting me up with the right resources. I had fusion of my L4, L5, and S1 from the back and front. I'll admit I didn't feel great the next day, but I quickly improved and left the hospital after 3 nights without even using a walker. I would recommend Dr. Lee.
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Unfortunately, Dr. Lee sent me away several times minimizing my concerns. I saw another doctor and found that there was a problem on an MRI study. He may be good surgically, but not thoughtful diagnostically. It's as though he relies solely on MRI to diagnose. The only problem is if he doesn't think you need an MRI, then how do you get a proper diagnosis? Sadly, I believe he is a myopic diagnostician.
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Changed my and my family's life 100% Thank you Dr. Lee!!
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Dr Lee is a very gifted Doctor he really knows his stuff. He goes straight to the problem tells you what he can do and also what you need to do to help yourself. If you need to lose weight he will tell you Extra weight on ones body causes extra pressure and strain on ones back . I had spinal stenosis Was in a lot of discomfort . Had the surgery in April , went to therapy now I've been walking with canes My goal is no canes a little at a time yes and loss weight thank you Dr Lee
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Dr. Lee is passionate about his work and I never feel as though he is talking down to me about my condition. He explained my condition and the plan of action to address it in clear terms and made sure that I understood what he was going to do. Dr. Lee is friendly and personable and I feel as though he really cares about his patients.
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He is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty, which came in handy when it was time to get approval for surgery from my insurance company. His detailed and effective communication allowed the insurance co to assess the request and approve in timely manner.
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He was not nice at all. He came highly recommended but he was a big disappointment.
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Dr Lee had a very clear plan for my surgery right off the bat. He made me feel confident that he would be able to fix my back issue. The surgery went very well and was successful. I didn't know that he was going to use staples instead of sutures but aside from that it went just as he said it would. Be advised though...you will not be seen at your actual appointed time. I waited almost an hour and a half one day. No apology or thanks for waiting. Desk staff could be friendlier.
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Biography

Dr. Richard Lee, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Newport Beach, CA. He graduated from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Harvard Medical School
Fellowship Hospital
Yale University
Residency Hospital
Yale University
Internship Hospital
Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University
Medical School
University Of California At Berkeley
Undergraduate School

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lee's conditions and procedures:

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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88% Patient experience rating, 19% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

83% Patient experience rating, 14% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)