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Grace S. Lee, M.D.
General Surgery Resident

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Department of Surgery
4 Maloney
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

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Dr. Lee is currently a PGY-5 in the general surgery program. She is also a Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is studying and applying ethics in the surgical population with a particular interest in end-of-life decision-making and determining risk surrounding high-risk interventions. She is mentored by Drs. Peter Abt, Scott Damrauer, and Scott Halpern. She is interested in pursuing a career in academic abdominal transplant surgery.

Dr. Lee is also the current Chair of the Resident Executive Council and has an interest in surgical education.

2015 - present Postdoctoral Researcher
2012 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2015 – present MSME candidate
University of Pennsylvania
2008 - 2012 MD - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
2004 - 2008 BA - University of Pennsylvania (Psychology, Biology)
Summa Cum Laude
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
2015 - present University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
End of Life Decision-Making in a Surgical Patient Population
2015 - present University of Pennsylvania, Department of Surgery
Clinical Outcomes of Transplantation Patients
2011 - 2012  University of Chicago, Department of Surgery
“Cognitive Task Analysis of Robotic Surgery”
2006 - 2008  University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology
“Hindbrain AMP-Kinase as a Mediator of Hindbrain Leptin and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor-Mediated Anorectic Effects”
  1. Hayes MR, Leichner TM, Zhao S, Lee GS, Chowansky A, Zimmer D, De Jonghe BC, Kanoski SE, Grill HJ, Bence KK. Intracellular signals mediating the food intake-suppressive effects of hindbrain glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor activation. Cell Metabolism. March 2011; 13(3): 320-330.
  2. Lee GS, Velleman P, Wainer H. Giving the Finger to Dating Services. Chance. 2008; 21(3): 59-61.
Book Chapters
  1. Lee GS, Sirimanna P, Arora S, Aggarwal R. Simulation. The Oxford Textbook of the Fundamentals of Surgery. In Press 2013.
  2. Lee, G.S., & Olthoff, K.M. (In Press). Liver Transplantation. Retrieved from
  3. Lee, GS, Toledo, A. Ethical Aspects in the Management of Organ Transplant Patients. Ethical Issues in Surgical Care. In Press 2016.
2011 Selected as a Pritzker Chief at the Pritzker School of Medicine
2008 Morris Viteles Award for Outstanding Senior Research
2012 Gold Humanism Honor Society



Grace Lee

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