Meet Dr. Lee

Dr. David Lee

Dr. David Lee is a Professor of Clinical Urology at UCI Health. He specializes in robotic surgery for prostate cancer. He has one of the leading experiences in the world, having completed more than 6,300 cases. He recently served as Chief of Urology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Surgery and Urology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lee graduated as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. After completing his urology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Lee completed an endourology fellowship with Dr. Ralph Clayman and Dr. Tom Ahlering at UCI Health, where he was part of one of the pioneering experiences of robotic surgery. In his initial practice in Texas, he established the first major robot prostatectomy program in the south central United States. He was then recruited to the University of Pennsylvania to build a robotic program where he routinely performed more than 400 robotic cases per year.


Dr. Lee has published over 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the field of minimally invasive urologic surgery. He directed the Penn Robotic Urologic Surgery Fellowship, was Surgeon Champion for NSQIP, and CLP for the Cancer Committee and member of the Abramson Cancer Center. He has been recognized in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connelly Top Doctors, and Top Docs in Philadelphia Magazine.

  • Prostate Cancer
  • BPH
  • Elevated PSA
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • English

UCI Urology – Orange
Pavilion III, Building 29,
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

UCI Urology – Newport Beach
20350 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Professor of Clinical Urology
  • Director, Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center
Wonderful, skillful, excellent and caring surgeon who made the surgery as painless as possible. Would recommend 125% of the time.
hank rams
hank rams
23:02 04 Apr 22
Dr Lee is a world class urologist and urologic surgeon who takes time to ensure his patients understand their medical condition and are 100% comfortable with the treatment plan. He is compassionate and empathetic with a calm bedside manner and great sense of humor. Dr Lee is one of the best robotic surgeons in the world, completing more than 300 robotic prostatectomies each year. I had virtually no pain post surgery, I was completely dry within 4 weeks, and my erectile function returned at 5 weeks. I cannot thank Dr Lee enough for taking care of me beyond my expectations. He is the best.
Neil Matheson
Neil Matheson
00:44 21 Jan 22
We took a family member to see Dr. David Lee, and it was the best decision we ever made! We researched 2 other options for the procedure. We are forever blessed that we found Dr. David Lee! To have Dr. Lee return from the East Coast back to SoCal is a gift to us here living in Orange County!
Sean Vann Yik
Sean Vann Yik
21:20 15 Dec 21
Dr. Lee was very professional, knowledgeable, and caring. He is the perfect antidote when confronted with the uncertainty of a medical problem. I would highly recommend him for your urology needs. In my opinion, he is a “Top Doc”.
Rod Leslie
Rod Leslie
19:17 10 Nov 21
I highly recommend David Lee for robotic prostate surgery. The televisit provided all the information I needed and I was secure in my decision. I had done a lot of searching with my associates in the medical research and clinical world and David had the best recommends from UPenn from others doing similar surgery. I again HIGHLY recommend David Lee for prostate surgery. His associate also answered my post surgery within 10 min over the following weeks. This decision was the result of a great deal of research on my part.
Doug Paulson
Doug Paulson
19:58 18 Oct 21
Having researched so many options for treating my Gleason 9 Prostate Cancer, I chose a nerve sparing Prostatectomy with Dr. David Lee.My decision was made in part due to his amazing surgical skills as he ranks among the very top elite surgeons in the country.Second to this I enjoyed his down to earth humble personality and his willingness to answer my every question without the feeling of ever being rushed.He always spent extra time with me and I truly appreciated it. When communicating with him thru the UCI, My Chart, he was very responsive and excellent on follow-up. He also met with me before and my family after the surgery.He is a really terrific doctor who genuinely cares about his patients!Did I make the right decision? Absolutely, I am one month out of surgery and really doing great! My abilities are slowly returning and good news on the pathology report, no sign that cancer had spread.Dr. David Lee saved my life and I will be forever grateful to him!
Michael Bautista
Michael Bautista
05:15 06 Oct 21
Doctor David Lee is very kind and compassionate as well as very skilled in his field of expertise with robotic prostatectomy. He took the time when meeting with me and my wife to answer all of our questions and concerns. He spoke to us as friends and family members. This is a rare find in Medicine today. It was a refreshing change. I highly recommend Doctor David Lee and his amazing staff, if you are faced with the need for a radical prostatectomy as I was. Thank You for the opportunity to recommend Doctor David Lee.
Tim Buzbee
Tim Buzbee
02:06 04 Oct 21