Nahyoung Grace Lee, M.D.


Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery

Ophthalmic Oncology

Asian Eyelid Surgery


Spanish, Korean

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-5550
578 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: 617-573-3202



Dr. Lee is an ophthalmic plastic surgeon and a member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service, as well as the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery. Her areas of special interest include: orbit, eyelid, and tear drainage system dysfunctions, orbital tumors and inflammations, traumatic lacerations and fractures, and reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery.

After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Dr. Lee completed her medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During medical school, she received numerous awards and scholarships, including the National Science Foundation Research Scholar award and the Harold Lamport Student Research Award. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in Ocular Pathology and Oncology at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University where she received specialized training in the treatment of ocular tumors. 

Dr. Lee joined Mass. Eye and Ear as a Clinical Research Fellow in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where in addition to her clinical subspecialty training, she engaged in innovative research on orbital angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis in thyroid eye disease, which she published as co-first author in the journal, Ophthalmology. During fellowship training, Dr. Lee received the competitive AUPO research award given to four residents or fellows in the country each year for her research in gene expression in non-specific orbital inflammation. She further honed her subspecialty and surgical training during a two-year Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear and received the prestigious Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award (most promising ophthalmologists) as well as the Fellow of the Year teaching award at Mass Eye and Ear. After completing fellowship, she received additional specialized training in Asian eyelid surgery in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Lee is a reviewer for numerous journals including Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is currently involved with the American Board of Ophthalmology as an oral board examiner. Her research interests include clinical trials for targeted therapy in thyroid eye disease, clinical research in ocular oncology, and developing a mouse model of orbital inflammation.

Clinical Interests

Ophthalmic plastic surgery with specialized expertise in Asian eyelid surgery, ocular oncology, ophthalmic pathology

Research Interests

Orbital disease and tumors, thyroid eye disease, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Wong LL, Lee NG, Amarnani D, Choi CJ, Bielenberg DR, Freitag SK, D'Amore PA, Kim LA. Orbital Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis in Thyroid Eye Disease: An Analysis of Vascular Growth Factors with Clinical Correlation. Ophthalmology. 2016 Jul 13. [Epub ahead of print]. Co-first author.

Jakobiec FA, Borkar DS, Stagner AM, Lee NG. Intraocular Teratoid Medulloepithelioma Presenting With a Completely Rhabdomyosarcomatous Distant Metastasis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug 1;134(8):919-23.

Choi CJ, Stagner AM, Jakobiec FA, Lee NG Limbal Mantle Cell Lymphoma of the ConjunctivaOphthalmology. 2016 Feb;123(2):377.

Chen X, Bleier BS, Lefebvre DR, Lee NG. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: A Masquerader in Sino-Orbital Infections. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Sep 21.

Choi CJ, Gilber AL, Lee NG. Radioactive Iodine Therapy and Thyroid Eye Disease From an Ophthalmologist’s Perspective. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2015 Fall;55(4):63-72.

Lee NG, Kim LA, Freitag SK. The role of genetics in the pathogenesis of periocular cutaneous neoplasms: implications for targeted therapy. Semin Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep-Nov;28(5-6):267-74.

Lee NG, Berry JL, Lee TC, Wang AT, Honowitz S, Murphree AL, Varshney N, Hinton D, Fawzi AA. Sonoporation enhances chemotherapeutic efficacy in retinoblastoma cells in vitro. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 June 1;52(6):3868-73.

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  • Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, BA
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Hospital


  • Ophthalmic Pathology and Oncology, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear