About Dr. Lee

Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. is a consultant in the Department of Neurologic Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic. He has full faculty privileges in biomedical engineering at Mayo Graduate School.

Dr. Lee received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of Colorado. He attended Yale University Graduate School where he received the M. Phil degree, followed by an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree in neurobiology. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Hospital of St. Raphael, Yale University School of Medicine and a residency year in neurology at Harvard Medical School. He further trained at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center completing an internship in general surgery, a residency and chief residency in neurosurgery.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Lee is an expert on neurological disorders and he sees patients with Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome, dystonia and other neurodegenerative diseases. In his research, Dr. Lee is leading efforts at Mayo Clinic to develop a device called the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration System (WINCS), which can monitor and record electrical and chemical reactions in the brain during deep brain stimulation (DBS). WINCS will allow physicians to establish a precise relationship between stimulation and the resulting amount and type of chemicals the brain releases during DBS — in effect, making DBS less of a guessing game. This technology will provide a powerful new tool for intraoperative neurochemical monitoring for use during functional neurosurgery.