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Dr. Jennifer Lee, MD FACS is a board certified ophthalmologist who offers a range of eye services to help you attain the clearest vision possible. Jennifer’s gentle, thorough, and sincere professionalism have been greatly appreciated by our patients.

Born in Hershey, Pennsylvania to Korean immigrant parents, Jennifer grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her father was a tenured professor of laboratory medicine at the University of North Dakota and also owned a private veterinarian clinic.

Jennifer attended Northwestern University where she graduated Magna cum Laude from the School of Education and Social Policy. She was then accepted to the prestigious Northwestern Medical School, and after her rotation in ophthalmology, she knew she had found her calling in the field of eyes. One of the few fields that allows a physician to know her patients well, ophthalmology also offers cutting edge microscopy surgery. “One of the best things about being an ophthalmologist is giving someone back one of their vital senses, and that is more rewarding than anyone can imagine,” Dr. Lee says.

In addition to working at Washington Pacific Eye Associates, Jennifer teaches cataract surgery at the University of Washington, instructing the ophthalmology residents on the most advanced surgical techniques available. She also has a clinic at Harborview Medical center one day a week serving our most underserved patient population in Washington State.

In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, skiing, dancing, and hiking. Jennifer and her Boston Terrier, Starla, reside in Kirkland, Washington.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Practicing medicine since 2000
  • Active staff member serving several local hospitals
  • Teaches eye surgery at Harborview Medical Center (for UW)
  • One of only 5 people accepted into a "top 5" Ophthalmology Residency (University of Iowa)
  • Graduated with honors from a top medical school (Northwestern)
  • Published in trade magazines and a "required reading" textbook
  • Fully certified and licensed
  • No previous or pending malpractice lawsuits
  • Speaks English, Korean, and Spanish
  • Professional Profile

    Jennifer Lee

    Hospital Affiliation

  • Overlake Hospital
Active Medical Staff
Bellevue, WA 2004-present
  • Evergreen Hospital
Active Medical Staff
Kirkland, WA 2004-present
  • Seattle Veterans Association Hospital
Seattle, WA 2006-present
  • Harborview Medical Center
Clinical Instructor
Seattle, WA 2006- present
  • University of Washington Medical Center
Active Medical Staff
Seattle, WA 2006- present
  • Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Active Medical Staff
Seattle, WA 2006- present
  • Washington Pacific Eye Associates
Kirkland, WA 7/2004- present

  • Faculty Positions Held
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology
University of Washington, Seattle

  • Education
  • Kim Eye Hospital, Seoul, Korea
 International fellow, 8/2004-9/2004
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
 Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, 2000-2004
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago, IL
Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, 2000-2001
  • Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
M.D., June 2000
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
B.A., Psychological Services, June 1996
  • University of Sussex, Brighton, England
Psychology, 1994 -1995

  • Honors and Awards
Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Department of Ophthalmology Research Grant 2003, 
University of Iowa

  • Magna Cum Laude, Northwestern University
Pi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Northwestern University, 
Dean’s List
  • Northwestern University, 
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
  • Northwestern University,
 National Science Foundation Grant
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Bronze Medalist, AAKF Karate National Competitions
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Emergency Room Consultant of the Month, Overlake Hospital
  • Teaching Attending of the year 2008, University of Washington Ophthalmology
  • "Top Doctor"- Checkbook.org 2011
  • "Leading Physicians of the World"- International Association of Ophthalmologists 2012
  • "Top Ophthamologist in Kirkland, WA" -International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP)


    “Preretinal neovascularisation associated with choroidal melanoma” Posters Br. J Ophthalmol. 2001 Nov; 85(11): 1309-12.
 Lee J, Logani S, Lakosha H, Schroeder RP, Simpson R, Jampol LM

    “Blood tinged stools and blood shot eyes”
Surv Ophthalmol 2004 49:231-6
Lee JJ, Beebout S, Boldt C, Lee AG, Tuetken R

    “Wegoners Granulomatosis“ Photo essay
Consultant, 2000 Feb (42): 345-347 
Lee JJ, Ravi G

    “The design of contact lenses that predictably induce spherical aberration in similar quantities and zones to eyes that have undergone myopic photorefractive keratectomy or laser epithelial keratomileusis” 
ARVO 2003 Poster session
Lee JJ, Sindt C, Farjo AA

    “The Effect of Spherical Aberration Induced by a Contact Lens on Subjective and Objective Visual Function”
ARVO 2004 Poster Session
Lee JJ, Sindt C, Farjo AA

    “Suturing Materials and Needles,” Basic Principles of Ophthalmic Surgery. 
Anthony C. Arnold. 2006. 75-81.
 American Academy of Ophthalmology, Basic Science Series
Lee JJ, Carter K Lee JJ.

    “Ocular Trauma Score at a County Hospital. Uses and limitations.” Presented at the Iowa Eye Alumni day. University of Iowa, Iowa City. 2007 MA Slahaugh, M Shaw, J Brown, J Lee:

    “Use of the Ocular Trauma Score In Traumatic Rubptured Globe Injuries in a County Hospital.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2008 JS Brown, M Slabaugh, M Wu, JJ Lee:

    “Open Globe Injuries Following Penetrating Keratoplasty.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2008. J. Knippers, M.A. Slabaugh, J. Brown, J. Lee. Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    “Comparision of Ocular Trauma Score and Classification and Regression Tree Analysis Model in Tertiary Care Center.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Ft Lauderdale, FL 2009 M.S. Soontornvachrin, J.S. Brown, M.A. Slabaugh, J.J. Lee. Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    “Vision Survival After Traumatic Open Globe Injury Following Previous Penetrating Ocular Surgery at a Tertiary Care County Hospital: Comparison With Two Published Prognostic Models.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Ft Lauderdale, FL 2009

    Current Licensure Washington State: 2004- present

    Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons,
Iowa Eye Association,
Washington State Medical Association,
American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons

  • Board Certification
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Research Interests
  • Current research interests include diagnosis, treatment methods, and outcomes of cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes

  • Activities
  • Iowa Volunteer Free Medical Clinic
Lead, West Side Story 
Violinist, Northwestern Philharmonic Orchestra, 
Black Belt Shotokan Karate
Scuba, skiing, biking

  • Languages
  • English
, Korean
, Spanish

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