Clara Lee

Clara Lee, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Physician

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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About Me

As a plastic surgeon, I specialize in microsurgery and cancer reconstruction, including breast, extremity, and head and neck reconstruction. I decided to become a plastic surgeon because I really enjoy putting things back together and the challenges that come with that.

Additionally, I am a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where my research focuses on understanding and improving how how patients and their providers make decisions about cancer surgery, with a specific focus on breast cancer patients.

I have developed measures for the quality of decisions about early-stage breast cancer treatments. I also have experience designing, implementing and analyzing multi-site studies of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and long-term survivors.

One of my recently published research projects detailed patient decision-making about breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. My work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Pelotonia Foundation and the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

I decided to come to Ohio State because I felt that it was an environment where I could do the most to benefit patients. I love being able to work with a fantastic team and truly enjoy meeting my amazing patients as well as their friends and family. I learn a great deal from my patients, particularly when it comes to resilience and courage. I believe that compassion is the most important part of patient care, and I make a point of developing my compassion a little more each day.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Breast
  • Surgery, Plastic
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Microsurgery
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Implants
  • Mammaplasty
  • Sarcoma

Locations Where I Practice

Plastic Surgery

in Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road 2nd Floor Suite 2140 Columbus, OH 43212

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
9/14/1992 - 5/24/1996


New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

7/1/1996 - 6/30/2002


University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

7/1/2002 - 6/30/2004

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Academic Information

My Department

Plastic Surgery

My Division

Plastic Surgery

More About My Work

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Lee has reported no relationships with companies or entities.