About Nahyoung Lee, MD

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.

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Mass Eye and Ear at Malden
578 Main St.
Suite 102
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: 781-321-6544

Mass Eye and Ear at Lexington
110 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: 781-890-1023

Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900

Medical Education

  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Doheny Eye Institute
  • Fellowship, Casey Eye Institute
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

American Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Lee’s research interests include orbital disease and tumors as well as thyroid eye disease. She is particularly interested in studying the potential role of vasculogenesis in thyroid eye disease. She is also involved in developing a mouse model of orbital inflammation.


  • 1. Jakobiec FA, Cortes Barrantes P, Milman T, Lee NG, Fay A. Ocular Adnexal Adenomatoid Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia: A Clinical and Immunopathologic Analysis in Relation to the Muir-Torre Syndrome. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Jan/Feb; 36(1):e6-e12.

    2. Reshef ER, Habib LA, Rao R, Modjtahedi BS, Eliott D, Freitag SK, Reinshagen KL, Lee NG. Clinical and radiographic features of hydrolyzed MIRAgel scleral buckles: A comparative analysis. Clin Imaging. 2019 Dec 06; 60(1):10-15.

    3. North VS, Starks VS, Lee NG. Basal Cell Carcinoma Masquerading as a Chalazion in a 27-Year-Old Woman. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019 Jul 01; 137(7):e185435.

    4. Starks VS, Reinshagen KL, Lee NG, Freitag SK. Visual field and orbital computed tomography correlation in dysthyroid optic neuropathy due to thyroid eye disease. Orbit. 2019 May 06; 1-7.

    5. Wolkow N, Weinberg DA, Bersani TA, Yoon MK, Lefebvre DR, Lee NG, Sutula FC, Mandeville JT, Hatton MP, Freitag SK. Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery in Patients 100 Years and Older. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan/Feb; 35(1):71-76.

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