Dr. Young J. Lee is a highly regarded medical oncologist with more than 20 years of experience. She is board certified in hematology and oncology and her clinical interests are breast cancer and common blood diseases. She received her medical degree from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Medical School, Brazil in 1987, and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami, Florida in 1991. She continued on to complete fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami until 1995.
After her fellowship, she served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Sylvester Cancer Center University of Miami, and as the director of Jackson Memorial Breast Health Center. In 1999, her family moved to Baltimore, MD where she worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland. In 2001, she joined a community cancer center to become Chief of Oncology at Harbor Hospital. During this time, she also served as the medical director for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for Baltimore City.
Dr. Lee’s father, an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, inspired her to study medicine early in her life. After many years of training and practice in modern hematology and oncology, she completed The Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians at the Harvard Medical School in 2012. She strives to treat every patient holistically, integrating alternative medicine with state-of-the-art western medicine to restore the health and well-being of cancer patients.
Furthermore, Dr. Lee has special interest in preserving quality of life and dignity of patients, and has been a pioneer in using scalp cooling caps for prevention of hair loss during chemotherapy. She is the co-founder of capsoflove.org, a non-profit organization created in Maryland to provide financial assistance for breast cancer patients who cannot afford the hair saving technology.
Dr. Lee is fluent in English, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She sees patients at Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston and MUSC North Charleston.