The Department of Surgery at UCSF is pleased to announce Hanmin Lee, MD, Associate Professor in Residence, as the Director of the Fetal Treatment Center.
Dr. Lee was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University who completed both medical school and general surgery residency at New York University. He did two years of postdoctoral research training under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Vacanti at Harvard Medical School, and two years of pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory University Medical Center before being appointed to a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Surgery at UCSF in 2000.
An expert and pioneer in the area of minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Lee has developed and refined many of the fetal endoscopic techniques now utilized in prenatal intervention, including selective fetoscopic laser surgery in the treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome and percutaneous fetal balloon tracheal occlusion for congenital diaphragmatic hernia. As the new Director of the Fetal Treatment Center, Dr. Lee will continue the Center's and its co-founder Dr. Michael Harrison's pioneering spirit of multidisciplinary research and innovation to improve our understanding of fetal disease and further advance the treatment and management of infants and children. Dr. Harrison will continue as Director Emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center.
The Fetal Treatment Center's team of dedicated surgeons, geneticists, obstetricians and perinatologists, neonatologists, social workers, and nurses provide individualized care for families and their unborn fetuses referred to UCSF.
Baby Sarah Elizabeth has a very successful recovery from an SCT which is removed while she is still a fetus.