Vanguard Ophthalmology Society

Excellence in Ophthalmology

Promoting excellence and advancement of ophthalmology through a collaboration of future leaders in our field

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Bryan Lee


Altos Eye Physicians
762 Altos Oaks Dr. #1
Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (650) 948-9123


  • Background: Harvard Law School
  • Undergrad: Harvard College
  • Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Residency: Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship: Minnesota Eye Consultants

Awards and Honors

  • Top 50 Rising Star, The Ophthalmologist, 2017
  • Ocular Surgery News Premier Surgeon 300 Innovator in Refractive Cataract Surgery, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40, The Ophthalmologist, 2015
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2015
  • Albert D. Frost Memorial Lecture, Ohio State Insights & Innovations in Ophthalmology, 2016
  • Latham Vision Research Innovation Award, 2013–14
  • Fellow of the Year, Vanguard Ophthalmology Society, 2012
  • Oliver Schein Research Grant Award, 2010–11
  • Walter J. Stark Research Grant Award, 2009–10
  • Maxwell Grand Prize for Excellence in Ophthalmology, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2006
  • Danforth and Distinguished Alumni Scholar, 2000–07
  • Hartford/American Federation for Aging Research Student Scholar, 2001
  • NCAA-Freedom Forum Institute Sports Journalism Scholarship
  • Sports Journalism Institute Scholarship

Society Memberships

  • Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology (2013–)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • AAO Council–American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) representative (2015–)
  • Young Eye Surgeons Committee, ASCRS (2013–17)
  • EyeWorld, YES Connect column co-editor (2016–17)
  • Executive Board, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), 2014–15
  • Chair, WAEPS Speaker Series, 2014–15
  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University
  • Vanguard Ophthalmology Society
  • Cornea Society
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Board of Directors, Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, 2008–11


Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Lee BS, Oster NV, Chen GY, Ding LL, Walker J, Elmore JG.  Ophthalmology patients' interest in online access to their doctors' notes.  Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.  E-pub Apr. 17, 2017.
  • Lee BS, Walker J, Delbanco T, Elmore JG.  Transparent electronic health records and lagging laws.  Annals of Internal Medicine.  2016;165:219–20.
  • Lee BS, Chang DF.  Management of small pupils.  Expert Review in Ophthalmology 2016;11:49–58.
  • Lam JG, Lee BS, Chen PP.  The effect of electronic health records adoption on patient visit volume at an academic ophthalmology department.  BMC Health Services Research 2016;16:7–12.
  • Lee BS, Kymes SM.  Correspondence:  Standard Methods for Eliciting Utilities.  Ophthalmology 2015;122(3):e18.
  • Lee BS.  Medicolegal Pitfalls of Cataract Surgery. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 2015;26:66–71.
  • Van Gelder RN, Lee BS.  Uveitis Treatments:  At What Cost Quality?  Ophthalmology 2014;121:1852–4.
  • Lee BS, Chen PP.  Lessons from Implementation of an Intraocular Lens Time Out. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2014;40:1744–6.
  • Lee BS, Gallagher TH.  Saying “I’m Sorry”:  Error Disclosure for Ophthalmologists. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2014;158:1108–10.
  • Lee BS, Gupta PK, Davis EA, Hardten DR.  Outcomes of Photorefractive Keratectomy Enhancement After LASIK.  Journal of Refractive Surgery 2014;30:549–56.
  • Lee BS.  Accuracy and Stability of Hyperopic Treatments.  Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 2014;25:281–5.
  • Lee BS, Hardten DR.  Visual and Subjective Outcomes of Phototherapeutic Keratectomy after Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty.  Clinical Ophthalmology 2014;8:1011–5.
  • Lee BS, Munoz BE, West SK, Gower EW.  Functional Improvement After One- and Two-Eyed Cataract Surgery in the Salisbury Eye Evaluation.  Ophthalmology 2013;120:949–55.
  • Lee BS, Reeves SW, Lindstrom RL, Hardten DR.  Modern Management of Astigmatism.  International Ophthalmology Clinics:  Advances in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery 2013;53:65–78.
  • Burkholder BM, Srikumaran D, Nanji A, Lee BS, Weinberg RS.  Inadvertent trypan blue posterior capsule staining during cataract surgery.  American Journal of Ophthalmology 2013;155:625–28.
  • Lee BS, Hardten DR.  Cataract Surgical Problem Consultation #3.  Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2011;37:2227.
  • Lee BS, Stark WJ, Jun AS.  Descemet-stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty:  A Successful Alternative to Repeat Penetrating Keratoplasty. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology 2011;39:195–200.
  • Lee BS, Frankfort BJ, Eberhart CG, Weinberg RS.  Diagnosis of Intravascular Lymphoma by a Novel Biopsy Site.  Ophthalmology 2011;118:586–90.
  • Lee BS, Virdi AS, Hammersmith KM, Jun AS.  Guttae in the Donor After Descemet-Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty.  Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 2010;248:1523–25.
  • Lee BS, Kymes SM, Sumner W, Siegfried CJ, Gordon MO.  Using a perfect health anchor to measure utilities for five common ophthalmic diseases. Ophthalmology 2008;115:898–903.
  • Kymes SM, Lee BS.  Preference-based quality of life measures in people with visual impairment.  Optometry and Visual Sciences 2007;84:809–16.


  • Chang DF, Lee BS.  Cataract:  A Patient's Guide, 3rd ed.  SLACK, Inc. (2016).
  • Lee BS, Samuelson TW.  Chapter 10.13, Pseudoexfoliation.  Ophthalmology, 4th ed.  Ed. Myron Yanoff, Jay S. Duker.  Elsevier (2013).
  • Hardten DR, Lee BS.  Volume 6, Chapter 41, Incisional Keratotomy.  Duane’s Ophthalmology.  Ed. William Tasman, Edward A. Jaeger.  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2013).
  • Lee BS, Hardten DR.  Chapter 7, Complications in Refractive Surgery:  Avoidance and Management.  Ophthalmic Surgery Complications.  Ed. Agarwal A, Jacob S.  SLACK Incorporated (2012).
  • Lee BS.  Corneal Foreign Body Removal.  Avoiding Common Errors in Emergency Medicine.  Ed. Amal Mattu, et al.  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2010).
  • Dunlop KO, Sarraille WA, Lee B.  Fraud and Abuse in Clinical Research.  Clinical Research Law and Compliance Handbook, 169–220.  Ed. J.E. Steiner.  Sudbury, Mass.:  Jones and Bartlett (2006).


  • Error Disclosure for Ophthalmologists (senior instructor).  AAO Annual Meeting (2014–2016).  Co-instructors:  Atma Vemulakonda, MD & Thomas Gallagher, MD.
  • Multifocal IOL Exchange Learning Lounge.  AAO Annual Meeting (2015).  Co-instructor:  David Chang, MD.
  • Speaker, Refractive Subspecialty Day, AAO Annual Meeting (2015).
  • Challenging Video Cases for the Young Surgeon.  ASCRS Annual Meeting (2013–14, 2016, 2017).
  • Resident and Fellows Skills Lab co-instructor.  ASCRS Annual Meeting (2016–17).


  • Lee BS, Hardten DR.  Phototherapeutic Keratectomy After Descemet-Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty.  ASCRS Meeting (San Francisco, Apr. 2013).
  • Lee BS, Munoz BE, West SK, Gower EW.  Functional Improvement After 1- and 2-Eyed Cataract Surgery in the Salisbury Eye Evaluation.  ASCRS Meeting (Chicago, Apr. 2012).  Presentation for general program and also invited presentation for Resident & Fellows Day.
  • Gupta PK, Lee BS, Hardten DR, Davis EA.  Outcomes of PRK Enhancement After LASIK.  Hawaiian Eye Meeting (Maui, HI, Jan. 2012).
  • Lee BS, Munoz BE, West SK, Gower EW.  Functional Improvement After One- and Two-Eyed Cataract Surgery in the Salisbury Eye Evaluation.  70th Clinical Meeting of the Wilmer Residents Association (Baltimore, MD, June 2011).
  • Lee BS, Stark WJ, Gottsch JD, Jun AS.  Restoring Clarity to Penetrating Keratoplasty Grafts with DSAEK.  70th Clinical Meeting of the Wilmer Residents Association (Baltimore, MD, June 2011).
  • Lee BS, Stark WJ, Gottsch JD, Jun AS.  Descemet-Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty After Penetrating Keratoplasty:  Outcomes and Predictors for Success.  69th Clinical Meeting of the Wilmer Residents Association (Baltimore, MD, May 2010).
  • Lee BS, Frankfort BJ, Eberhart CG, Weinberg RS.  Intravascular Lymphoma:  A Rare Disease Diagnosed by Lacrimal Gland Biopsy.  Annual Meeting of the American Uveitis Society (San Francisco, CA, Oct. 2009).
  • Kymes SM, Lee BS, Sumner W, Gordon MO.  The Potentially Confounding Influence of “Perfect Vision” in Assessment of Health-Related Utility in People with Visual Impairment.  28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (Boston, MA, Oct. 2006).


  • Burkholder BM, Srikumaran DF, Lee BS, Weinberg RS.  Inadvertent Trypan Blue Posterior Capsule Staining.  American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, Oct. 2011).
  • Lee BS, Stark WJ, Gottsch JD, Jun AS.  Descemet-Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty Following Penetrating Keratoplasty at a Tertiary Care Center.  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 2010).
  • Lee BS, Kymes SM, Nease RF, Sumner W, Siegfried CJ, Gordon MO.  The Complex Role of Vision in Patients’ Overall Health-Related Quality of Life.  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 2007).