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William Lee, M.D.

Professor
Internal Medicine

Biomedical Engineering

Meet Dr. William M. Lee
Liver Disease Specialist

Holder of the:

  • Meredith Mosle Chair in Liver Disease in Honor of Dr. William M. Lee

William M. Lee, M.D., is a renowned liver disease expert. He completed training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Kings College Hospital, London before embarking upon a career in academic medicine. He joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in 1990. Dr. Lee’s clinical research and patient care has focused on all forms of hepatitis—causes of inflammation and damage to the liver.

Dr. Lee became a hepatologist because the diseases of the liver are fascinating and represent unusual and important lessons in medicine.

After completing his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Lee completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then went on to serve as Honorary Registrar and Research Fellow to Dr. Roger Williams at the Liver Unit, Kings College Hospital, London from 1973-74. Dr. Lee joined the UT Southwestern faculty after more than two decades of experience as both a clinician and researcher.

Dr. Lee remains active in clinical research on viral hepatitis and drug-induced liver injury. He has been site investigator for four National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases-sponsored Networks: the HALT-C Trial, the Acute Liver Failure Study Group, the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, and the Hepatitis B Research Network.

Dr. Lee says he chose UT Southwestern because it has tremendous research depths in the basic and clinical sciences.

He is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. In 2009, he gave the prestigious Leon Schiff Memorial Lecture at the Annual AASLD meeting and in 2011 he received the Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Health/Sciences from the Dallas Historical Society. During the past year, he has given numerous lectures on topics related to his research. 

Clinical Interests

  • Acute liver failure
  • Drug-induced hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver transplant