Richard T. Lee, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and the inaugural Helen Moss Foundation-Schoff Family Professor of Integrative Oncology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee serves as Director of the Supportive and Integrative Oncology Program at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (SCC) and as Director of the Case Center for Integrative Oncology. In these roles, he oversees the clinical, research and educational programs related to supportive and integrative oncology. As a medical oncologist, he provides routine oncologic care with a focus on hepatobiliary cancer. Additionally, he provides broad consultative services regarding supportive and integrative cancer approaches.
Dr. Lee earned both his B.A. in anthropology and M.D at George Washington University as part of the seven-year B.A/M.D. combined degree program. He then completed his internal medicine residency at Stanford, his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago, where he served as chief fellow, and lastly his palliative care fellowship at Northwestern University. Between residency and fellowship, Dr. Lee became a Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan and China, where he attended China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan to study Traditional Chinese Medicine with a focus on acupuncture. This time abroad helped to cultivate his interest in integrative oncology.
From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Lee served as the Director for the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He led the transformation of the clinical program into an evidence-based clinical service and helped establish an inpatient integrative consultation service – one of the first in the nation. He has been an active member of the Society for Integrative Oncology and has served as the Treasurer as well as conference co-chair. His work has led to over 50 publications including in peer-reviewed cancer journals and book chapters and has been an invited speaker to both national and international meetings.
Since arriving in Cleveland in 2016, Dr. Lee has been working to expand integrative oncology services in Seidman Cancer Center with his consultation service and with oncology acupuncture. His research includes health services research utilizing survey studies exploring both patients’ and clinicians’ perspectives about supportive and integrative services. He is also exploring the anticancer activities of natural plants, specifically mistletoe and mushrooms, in order to develop new cancer treatments. Dr. Lee has ongoing clinical research evaluating the benefits of acupuncture and meditation. He remains active with the medical school providing lectures and mentoring medical students and trainees.