Thay Q. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor in Residence
Vice Chairman for Research

Dr. Lee's CV
Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory

Research Interests
Dr. Lee’s main research area is in joint biomechanics. The main focus of Dr. Lee’s research is in the biomechanics of the shoulder and the knee. Current investigations include: 1) Shoulder injury and surgical reconstruction; 2) Rotator cuff tear and repair; 3) Knee injuries and surgical reconstruction; 4) Patellofemoral joint; 5) Total knee arthroplasty, 6) Spine

Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his doctorate degree in biomaterials at Gothenburg University in Sweden. He currently serves as a Professor in Residence and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Lee is on the Board of Directors for California Orthopaedic Research Institute, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory Alumni Council and Asian American Institute for Research and Education. In addition, he serves on multiple committees for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He serves as a grant review member for many organizations and reviews for high quality journals in his field of expertise. Dr. Lee was elected to a “Fellow” for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which is the highest distinction that is awarded by the society.

He also was elected to a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), which recognizes individuals who made significant contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering. In addition, he is an elected member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Society of Biomechanics, California Orthopaedic Association, Society for Biomaterials, and Biomedical Engineering Society and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has published over 150 full length manuscripts, 350 abstracts and several book chapters. He gives invited lectures both nationally and internationally on shoulder and knee biomechanics.

Master Degree
Applied Mechanics, University of California, San Diego

Biomaterials, Gothenburg University, Sweden

The Neer Award (Basic Science), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons