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Cortney Y. Lee, MD, FACS

Cortney Y. Lee, MD, FACS
Physician Referral


  • Endocrine Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Team
  • Thyroid Cancer Team
This provider offers TeleCare
  • About

    Dr. Cortney Lee is a board-certified surgeon with advanced training in endocrine surgery. After completing medical school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and El Paso, Texas, Lee joined UK for general surgery residency. She then returned to Texas for an endocrine surgery fellowship at Scott & White Medical Center, the primary clinical teaching campus of Texas A&M.

    She rejoined UK HealthCare in 2011, and is now an Associate Professor of Surgery with special expertise in thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery. She has a special interest in surgeon-directed ultrasound and FNA. She uses many techniques to improve her patients’ experiences including radio-guided, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy and minimally invasive laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy.

    Lee is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Thyroid Association, and she is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from the UK College of Medicine.

    Faculty Rank

    Associate Professor of Surgery


    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock


    University of Kentucky


    Endocrine Surgery, Scott & White Clinic/ Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Temple

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Surgery

    Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound

  • Publications

    1. Central venous parathyroid hormone monitoring using a novel, specific anatomic method accurately predicts cure during minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. Edwards CM, Folek j, Dayawansa S, Govednik CM, Quinn CE, Sigmond BR, Lee CY, Angel MS, Hendricks JC, Lairmore TC. American Journal of Surgery. Sept 30, 2016.
    2. Cystic multiglandular maternal hyperparathyroidism diagnosed by neonatal hypocalcemic seizures. Long KL, Cartwright T, Sloan DA and Lee CY. Journal of Surgical Case Reports March 25, 2015.
    3. Esophageal fistula complicating thyroid lobectomy. Ward N, Lee CY, Lee JT and Sloan DA. Journal of Surgical Case Reports 1:1-3, 2015.
    4. Preoperative laryngoscopy in thyroid surgery: Do patients’ subjective voice complaints matter? Lee CY, Long K, Davenport D, Eldridge R and Sloan DA. Surgery 156 (6): 1477-1483, 2014.
    5. A randomized, prospective trial of operative treatments for hyperparathyroidism in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. Lairmore TC, Govednik CM, Quinn CE, Sigmond BR, Lee CY, Jupiter DC. Surgery. 156(6): 1326-3520, December 2014.
    6. Concerning Trends in Appalachian Patients with Thyroid Carcinoma. Long K, Huang B, Guo J, Lee CY, Sloan DA and McKenzie S. The American Surgeon 80 (6): 620-23, 2014.
    7. Surgeon-driven ‘Thyroid interrogation’ of patients presenting with primary hyperparathyroidism. Sloan DA, Davenport DL, Eldridge RJ, and Lee CY. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 218 (4) 674-83, 2014.
    8. Classic Cushing’s Syndrome in a Patient with Adrenocortical Carcinoma.” Radiology Case Reports. Adkins KM, Lee JT, Bress, AL, Spires SE, Lee CY, Ayoob AR. 8(3). July 26, 2013.
    9. Intrapericardial parathyroid adenoma. Long KL, Lee CY, Ramaiah C and Sloan DA. Journal of Surgical Case Reports (8) 2013.
    10. Utility of surgeon-performed ultrasound assessment of the lateral neck for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. Lee CY, Snyder SK, Lairmore TC, Dupont SC, Jupiter DC. Journal of Oncology. Article ID 973124. November 27, 2011.
  • Awards

    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    • College of Medicine “Clinical Teaching Award” for Surgery, 2014, 2016 and 2017
    • Ward O. Griffen Surgery Teaching Award, 2017
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