Dr. Paul Lee

Paul P. Lee, MD, JD

F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
Academic Office: 734-764-6468

Administrative Contact

Emily Bird, BBA
Executive Assistant to Dr. Lee
Office phone: 734-764-6468
Office fax: 734-647-0247


Dr. Paul Lee serves as F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Health System and serves in various leadership capacities in the health system.

Dr. Lee has served in several leadership capacities in ophthalmology, including past responsibilities as a Director and immediate past chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, chair of the ARVO Foundation, an at-large member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), a Board member of Prevent Blindness America, and co-chair of the AMA-AAO Consortium Task Force for Eye Care Quality Indicators (PQRI). He has also been a consultant for the CDC and the WHO, as well as RAND. He currently continues to serve as a consultant to the CDC and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Hoskins Center on Patient Safety and Quality for the Foundation of the AAO.  In addition, Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Heed Fellows, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Lee has published over 250 papers on glaucoma and eye care delivery in general, particularly on understanding and improving eye and health care. He has been principal investigator on research projects to evaluate the appropriateness of cataract surgery, the quality of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy care, utilization patterns of eye care, provider workforce analyses for ophthalmology and orthopedics, and analyses of failure patterns for the treatment of diabetes related eye disease and glaucoma. He has also led the ophthalmic portions of other projects investigating conformance with AHCPR guidelines for cataract, utilization and quality of eye care patterns in managed care, and a comparison of fee-for-service to managed care among Medicare patients.

He has received the Lew Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Alcon Institute Research Award, the Senior Achievement Award from the AAO, the Gold Fellow from ARVO, and has been inducted into Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Dr. Lee was also recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has also delivered the American Glaucoma Society Lecture, the Parker-Heath Lecture of the AMA section of ophthalmology, and the Shaffer Lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.    

Dr. Lee received his law degree from Columbia University in 1986. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan that same year.

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

Surgical management of glaucoma, including reoperations; quality of care; health care utilization and policy

Effective delivery of health care extends from the laboratory to the homes of patients. Our research is designed to enhance our understanding of this process and thus to improve the care that patients actually use, including new methods of accessing care by interested parties.  A key component is also to understand policy and financial factors that influence how care is provided.  Specific aspects of the research program include:

  1. Evaluating and improving technical quality of care, including skills and competencies
  2. Understanding patient-centered factors that enhance patient health outcomes
  3. Developing methods of measuring and improving care that are easily accessible and usable
  4. Investigating the role of new technology and decision support systems in improving care
  5. Assessing the impact of financial and structural features on care

Clinical Interests

Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma; glaucoma surgery complications; complex glaucoma surgeries

Subspecialty: Glaucoma

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Honors & Awards


  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor
  • Unrestricted Grant – RPB 
  • Chair, Faculty Compensation Task Force


  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
  • Lifetime Achievement Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Advisory Committee, JAMA Ophthalmology
  • Board of Directors, American Glaucoma Society
  • Board of Directors, American University Professors of Ophtahlmology
  • Board of Trustees, Society of Heed Fellows
  • Chair, American Board of Ophthalmology 
  • Vision Health Initiative, Centers for Disease Control


  • Law School - Columbia University, 1986
  • Medical School - University of Michigan, 1986
  • Residency - Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
  • Fellowship - Glaucoma, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, 1991
  • Board Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology

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