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Benjamin LeeBenjamin R. Lee, MD
Professor of Urology & Oncology
Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member

Contact Information
Phone: 504-988-2750
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave., Box SL-42, New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
Room: 3522

Biographical Narrative

Dr. Benjamin R. Lee is currently professor of urology and oncology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. After graduating magna cum laude from the College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Dr. Lee received his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1994. He then continued in his surgical and urological training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital under Dr. Patrick Walsh and Dr. Alan Partin. In 2000, he joined the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center Department of Urology campus as director of laparoscopy. He was then promoted to associate professor in 2004. Dr. Lee was then promoted to professor of urology at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Lee's professional interests have focused on minimally invasive approaches to treat renal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, transitional cell carcinoma, obstructive kidney disease, stricture disease and kidney stones. He is an international surgeon who focuses on robotic partial nephrectomy and robotic prostatectomy with nerve sparing technique. He is the author or co-author of more than 124 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 44 videos and 280 scientific abstracts. Dr. Lee's research has been recognized with awards from the American Urological Association, The Endourological Society and Urology Journal. He is currently section editor of the "Techniques in Endourology and Video CD-ROM" section of the Journal of Endourology and was elected to the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Lee is the course director of the American Urological Association course Fundamentals of Laparoscopy Ablative Oncology and has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, teaching other urologists the techniques of minimally invasive surgery, and laparoscopy and robotics. His research centers on development of novel laparoscopic techniques to decrease the morbidity of resection of renal cell carcinoma, the physiology of laparoscopy, laparoscopic education, nanotechnology and robotics. He was awarded the prestigious "Arthur Smith Award" in 2008, and was Organizing Secretary of the 31st World Congress of Endourology, and International Surgical meeting held in New Orleans, LA in 2013.

Selected Publications
Woodson B, Wang L, Mandava S, and Lee BR. Urinary Cystatin C and NGAL as early biomarkers for assessment of renal ischemia – Reperfusion injury: A serum marker to replace creatinine? J Endourol, 2013. Sept 25.

Woodson, B, and Lee, BR. Bilateral Synchronous Sporadic Renal Masses: Intermediate Functional and Oncological Outcomes at a Single Institution. Int Urol Nephrol. 2013 Jun;45(3):619-25.

Liang Wang, Benjamin R. Lee, MD. Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Current technique and Outcomes. Int J Urol. 2013 Sep;20(9):848-59.

Theodore R. Saitz, Philip J. Dorsey, Jr., M.D., Jan Colli, M.D., and Benjamin R. Lee, M.D. Induction of Cold Ischemia in patients with Solitary kidney using retrograde intrarenal cooling: 2 year functional outcomes. Int Urol Nephrol, 2013 Apr;45(2):313-20.

Keel C, Colli J, Wang J, Grossman L, Magid D, and Lee, BR. Protective effects of reducing renal ischemia-reperfusion injury during renal hilar clamping: Use of Allopurinol as a nephoprotective agent. Urology 2013 Jan;81(1):210.

Colli J, Sartor O, Grossman L, Lee, BR. Underutilization of partial nephrectomy for stage T1 Renal cell carcinoma in the United States, trends from 2000-2008: A long way to go. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2012 Dec 10(4): 219-24.

Wang Z, Lee, BR. Novel agents and approaches for advanced renal cell carcinoma. J Urol. 2012 Sep; 188(3):716.

Lee BR, Tan BJ, Smith AD. Laparoscopic port site metastases: Incidence, risk factors, and potential preventive measures. Urology, Apr;65(4):639-44, 2005.

Ost MC, Patel KP, Rastinehad AR, Chu PY, Anderson AE, Smith AD, Lee BR. Pneumoperitoneum with carbon dioxide inhibits macrophage TNF-alpha secretion: An etiology for Transitional Cell carcinoma port site metastasis and Prophylactic Irrigation strategies to decrease Laparoscopic Oncologic Risks. J Endourol, 2008 Jan;22(1):105-12.

Marcovich R, Aldana, JP, Morgenstern N, Chiu PY, Jacobson AI, Smith AD, and Lee BR., Radiofrequency ablation of porcine kidney: Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) staining as a determinant of cell death – histologic findings. J Urol, 170(4): 1370-1374, 2003.

Ost MC, Tan BJ, Lee BR. Urologic laparoscopy: basic physiological considerations and immunologic consequences. J Urol, 174(4 Pt. 1):1183-8, 2005.

Tan BJ, Dy JS, Chiu PY, Mathura SA, Ost M, Kushner L, Smith AD, Lee BR. Effects of pneumoperitoneal gases and pressures on transitional cell carcinoma adhesion, cell growth, apoptosis and necrosis. J Urol, 174(4, Part 1 of 2):1463-1467, 2005.

Lee BR, Gibbor M, Marshall F, Smith A, Jarrett TW. Thirteen year survival comparison of percutaneous and open nephroureterectomy approaches for management of upper tract transitional cell carcinoma. J Endourol, 13(4):289-294, 1999.

Posner RG, Lee BR, Conrad DH, Holowka D, Baird B, Goldstein B. Aggregation of IgE-receptor complexes on rat basophilic leukemia cells does not change the intrinsic affinity but can alter the kinetics of the ligand-IgE interaction. Biochemistry, 31(23):5350-5356, 1992.



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