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Jong Lee

Jong O. Lee, MD

Chief of Staff and Vice President
  • General Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • Korean

Jong Lee, M.D., received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went on to complete general surgery residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center/Temple University School of Medicine in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He then completed fellowships in burn surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. After finishing his fellowship, he joined the UTMB faculty in the department of surgery in 2002 and has a robust practice in burn surgery at UTMB and Shriners Children’s Texas.

He is currently a holder of the Annie Laurie Howard Chair in burn surgery and is an associate director of burn services. He is also a medical director of the burn intensive care unit at Shriners Children’s Texas.

Dr. Lee is active in teaching medical students, general surgery residents and fellows, and serves as a program director for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and the Burn Fellowship. He has trained 31 critical care fellows and burn fellows. He received six teaching awards from the department of surgery.  He was chosen as faculty scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine in 2018 and elected to the Academy of Master Teachers at UTMB in 2021. He received the Above and Beyond Award from UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine Class of 2024. 

Dr. Lee is involved in clinical research in burn injury and collaborates with other scientists. His areas of research interests are burn resuscitation, nutrition, hypermetabolism and infection. He has published 43 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 27 book chapters. He is a journal reviewer for Burns Journal and Journal of Burn Care & Research

Dr. Lee is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the International Society for Burn Injuries. He is actively involved in the American Burn Association and has served on its Education Committee, National Burn Repository Advisory Committee, and Organization & Delivery of Burn Care Committee. He is also actively involved in the Society of Critical Care Medicine and served on its Surgical Section Patient Safety Committee, Program Committee, Post Graduate and Fellowship Committee, and Current Concepts in Critical Care Pediatric Course Committee. He also serves on several committees at UTMB and Shriners Children's Texas. He has spoken locally, nationally and internationally on burn care. 

Dr. Lee has been selected to the Texas Super Doctors List since 2019. 

He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the 147th Medical Group of Texas Air National Guard and serves as a Critical Care Air Transport team member. 

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Surgery - General
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
Education and Training

Medical Education
Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
United States of America

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center-Temple University
Johnstown, PA
United States of America

UTMB/Shriners Burns Hospital
Galveston, TX
United States of America

UTMB/Shriners Burns Hospital
Galveston, TX
United States of America

Academic Positions and Locations

UTMB - The University of Texas Medical Branch

Leadership and Memberships
  • Vice Chair, Patient Safety Committee, SCCM Surgery Section
  • Member, Program Committee, SCCM
  • Member, Program Committee, SIS
Editorial Positions
  • Reviewer, Burns
  • Reviewer, Journal of Burns and Research
Awards and Honors
  • 2019-Present, Texas Super Doctors, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2020, Keynote Speaker for the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony
  • 2019, Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2018-2024, Faculty Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, UTMB
  • 2013, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal


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