About Heather E. Lee, MD
Having trained under Dr. Vito Quatela in 2016 for her fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee was thrilled to officially join the surgeons at the Lindsay House in 2017. She enjoys furthering relationships with patients who have entrusted her with their care, while welcoming new patients into her practice. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and biochemistry, and a minor in Asian-American studies. She went on to complete a master's degree in biotechnology, also from UPenn, and returned to the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky where she graduated cum laude. Dr. Lee received several awards of recognition, including Outstanding Performance and Excellence in Otolaryngology, first as a medical student and again as a resident, and a resident research award from the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Her dedication to providing compassionate patient care rests upon our shared philosophy: plastic surgery creates uplifting experiences that change people's lives—from young children to older adults. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Lee is passionate about giving back to communities at a local, national, and global level. Throughout her medical training she provided care at women and children's clinics and offered cancer screenings of the skin, head, and neck to her local community. She began her work in global health during residency when she traveled to Africa to operate on and care for Kenyans with large compressive goiters. Through Dr. Vito Quatela's HUGS Foundation, Dr. Lee has continued her international work by reconstructing the ears of patients with microtia, a congenital defect of the ear, in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Vietnam. Dr. Lee has collaborated on various biomedical research projects, including molecular genetics, during her time researching at the Rockefeller University in New York. During her residency, she was selected twice to present her research projects at the Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting. Dr. Lee enjoys photography, modern art, yoga, raising bonsai trees, and gardening. She also loves the culinary world – eating, cooking, and baking. Her pie was a contest finalist in the Kentucky State Fair.