Richard T Lee, MD

Richard T. Lee, MDRichard T. Lee, MD serves as Director of Supportive and Integrative Oncology at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, 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. He then completed his internal medicine residency at Stanford. Soon thereafter, he completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago where he served as chief fellow. Lastly, Dr. Lee completed his palliative care fellowship at Northwestern University. Throughout his training, 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.

From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Lee served as the Director for the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. There 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 in peer reviewed cancer journals and book chapters.

Since arriving to Cleveland in 2016, Dr. Lee has been working to expand integrative oncology services at the Seidman Cancer Center in collaboration with Connor Whole Health with his consultation service and with oncology acupuncture. His research includes health services research utilizing survey studies exploring both patient and clinician perspectives about supportive and integrative services. He also has been 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.

Education and Training

  • Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford University
  • Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Chicago
  • Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern University
  • Fulbright Scholar at China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Medicine

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
    Associate Member, 2005-present
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Member, 2017-present
  • Palliative Care Research Cooperative
    Associate Member, 2017-present