Biography

Won Lee, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, a member of its Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Medical Director of UTSW's Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center. He specializes in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Lee earned his medical degree at the University of Nevada and performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and another fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Lee joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008 and was mentored in neuromuscular pulmonary disorders by Joseph Viroslav, M.D. 

He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine.

His research interests include simulation training for internal medicine and pulmonary trainees, CPAP adherence in Down syndrome patients with OSA, and respiratory therapies for neuromuscular pulmonary disorders.

At UT Southwestern, he  is associate program director for the sleep fellowship, and course director for the preclerkship respiratory course. He also serves on the Southwest Academy of Teachers (SWAT) Committee.

Texas Monthly named Dr. Lee a Rising Star, and D Magazine awarded him its Best Doctor recognition in 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Education

Medical School
University of Nevada School of Medicine (2001)
Residency
University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals (2004), Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Rush University Medical Center (2007), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
Fellowship
University of Chicago Hospitals (2008), Sleep Medicine

Research Interest

  • Medical Education - Simulation Training
  • Neuromuscular Pulmonary Disorders (ex: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, and diaphragm disorders)
  • Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Publications

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Resident versus faculty member simulation debriefing.
Adams T, Newton C, Patel H, Sulistio M, Tomlinson A, Lee W Clin Teach 2017 Nov
Short-term modulation of the ventilatory response to exercise is preserved in obstructive sleep apnea.
Bernhardt V, Mitchell GS, Lee WY, Babb TG Respir Physiol Neurobiol 2016 Nov 236 42-50
A novel expression of exercise induced pulmonary hypertension in human immunodeficiency virus patients: a pilot study.
Doukky R, Lee WY, Ravilla M, Lateef OB, Pelaez V, French A, Tandon R Open Cardiovasc Med J 2012 6 44-9
Perioperative management of obstructive sleep apnea.
Adesanya AO, Lee W, Greilich NB, Joshi GP Chest 2010 Dec 138 6 1489-98
Diagnosis and management of obesity hypoventilation syndrome in the ICU.
Lee WY, Mokhlesi B Crit Care Clin 2008 Jul 24 3 533-49, vii
Epidemiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a Population-based Perspective.
Lee W, Nagubadi S, Kryger MH, Mokhlesi B, Expert Rev Respir Med 2008 Jun 2 3 349-364
Diffuse pulmonary nodules in a 25-year-old man with diarrhea and weight loss.
Lee WY, Balk RA Chest 2008 May 133 5 1252-5
Chloroplast division in higher plants requires members of two functionally divergent gene families with homology to bacterial ftsZ.
Osteryoung KW, Stokes KD, Rutherford SM, Percival AL, Lee WY, Plant Cell 1998 Dec 10 12 1991-2004

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • Commencement Marshall
    UT Southwestern School of Medicine – Voted by the graduating medical school class of 2019 (2019)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Basic Sciences/Biomedical Sciences Educator
    Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) (2019)
  • Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA)
    Highest teaching excellence award in the University of Texas System – awarded by The Texas Board of Regents (2019)
  • Best Teacher, High Exposure Instruction Category
    UT Southwestern School of Medicine - Preclerkship Medical Students (2018)
  • Nominee – Outstanding Teaching Award, Basic Sciences/Biomedical Sciences Educator
    Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) (2018)
  • Favorite Course, Integrated Medicine - Pulmonary
    UT Southwestern School of Medicine (2016-2018)
  • Nominee – Outstanding Teaching Award, Basic Sciences/Biomedical Sciences Educator
    Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) (2016)
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty of the Year
    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2013)
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award
    University of Texas Southwestern - Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program (2011)
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award
    Rush University Medical Center - Chicago (2007)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    University of Nevada School of Medicine (2004)
  • Outstanding Resident Award
    University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals (2004)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society