Kenneth H. Lee, MD $$

Pediatric Otolaryngologist (ENT)

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Health

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Kenneth Lee, M.D., is a pediatric otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat physician) who specializes in caring for children with hearing loss.

At Children’s Health, Dr. Lee serves as the Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant program. He strives to ensure each child has the best outcome possible after surgery and, through his research, works to develop new implants to improve children’s hearing.

Dr. Lee earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a general surgery internship and ear, nose, and throat surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Lee is a leader in the research field pioneering techniques to treat hearing loss in children including the development of new cochlear implants and the effectiveness of bone-anchored hearing aids in children. His research also includes collecting and evaluating data outcomes in children who receive cochlear implants. Dr. Lee has received several grants for various research studies and has published more than 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as textbook chapters and review papers. Recognized for his outstanding research, Dr. Lee is the recipient of awards from both the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Triological Society.

As an Associate Professor at UT Southwestern, Dr. Lee has been recognized as an academic leader for his excellent teaching and mentoring skills. He holds the John W. & Rhonda K. Pate Professorship in Otolaryngology and has earned the Faculty Appreciation Award for Teaching at UT Southwestern and while at Washington University during his residency. He guides medical students, residents and fellows, helping them better understand how to care for complex ear, nose, and throat conditions affecting children. Dr. Lee is both an international and national lecturer with numerous invitations to speak at conferences on the topic of hearing loss surgery. He recently was an invited Keynote Speaker at conferences in both Asia and Europe. 

Dr. Lee has also been selected by D Magazine as one of the best pediatric specialists in the Dallas area.

Education and Training

Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine (1998)
Washington University (2000), General Surgery
Washington University (1998), General Surgery
Washington University (2006), Otolaryngology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (2007), Pediatric Otolaryngology
Graduate School
Boston University School of Medicine (1998)
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Research Interests

    • Bone Anchored Implants for Hearing Loss
    • Cochlear Implant Device Development
    • Cochlear Implant Surgical Outcome
    • Hearing Loss in Children
  • Publications

    • Infectious Pseudoaneurysm of the Internal Carotid Artery in a Child Secondary to Parapharyngeal Abscess. Christian Davidson, Cheryl Holihan, Rafael de Oliveira Sillero, Kenneth Lee, Ron B Mitchell, Gopi Shah. Ear Nose Throat J. 2023 Jan;102(1):NP31-NP34. doi: 10.1177/0145561320984582. Epub 2021 Jan 4.
    • Ciprofloxacin 0.3% + dexamethasone 0.1% for the treatment for otitis media.  Kutz J.W. Jr, Roland P.S., Lee K.H. (2013) Expert Opin Pharmacother. Dec;14(17):2399-405.
    • Asymmetry in semicircular canal diameters may account for circling behavior in EphB deficient mice.  Lee, K.H., Lee, J., Shao, D., Dravis, C, Henkemeyer, M.J. (2014) Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul;124(7):E278-82
    • Comparison of outcomes using two methods of microtia repair: costal cartilage versus porous polyethylene implant reconstruction.  Constatine, K.B., Leach, J.L., Lee, K.H., Gilmore, J.E. (2014) JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014 Jul-Aug;16(4):240-4.
    • Ephrins and Ephs in cochlear innervation and implications for advancing cochlear implant function. Lee KH, Warchol ME, Pawlowski KS, Shao D, Koulich E, Zhou CQ, Lee J, Henkemeyer MJ. (2015) Laryngoscope. 2015 May;125(5):1189-97. Epub 2014 Dec 23.
    • Parotid swelling and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis of mandible in children. Patel R, Jacob R, Lee K, Booth TN. (2015) Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Jan;79(1):47-52.
    • The Impact of post meningitic labyrinthitis ossificans on speech performance after pediatric cochlear implantation. Liu CC, Sweeney M, Booth TN, Lee KH, Kutz JW, Roland P, Isaacson B. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Dec;36(10):1633-7.  doi:10.1097/MAO.0000000000000877.
    • Robotic insertion aid for self-coiling cochlear implants. Hans Ajieren, Radu Reit, Roxanne Lee, Tiffany Pham, Dongmei Shao, Kenneth Lee and Walter Voit. MRS Advances, Available on CJO 2016 doi:10.1557/adv.2016.71
    • Transcanal Endoscopic Ear Surgery for the Management of Congenital Ossicular Fixation. Zhu VF, Kou YF, Lee KH, Kutz JW Jr, Isaacson B.  Otol Neurotol. 2016 Sep;37(8):1071-6
    • Current Trends in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation.  Lee, K.H.  Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2016.
    • Clinical outcomes following cochlear implantation in children with inner ear anomalies.  Isaiah A, Lee D, Lenes-Voit F, Sweeney M, Kutz W, Isaacson B, Roland P, Lee KH.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Feb;93:1-6.
  • Professional Activities

    • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    • American Otological Society
    • American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • Dallas Academy of Otolaryngology
    • Korean American Otolaryngology Society, Board Member
    • Society of University Otolaryngologists
    • Triological Society
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine
      • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas Award (2015)
    • Triological Society
      • Thesis Honorable Mention Award (2014)
      • Lester Brown Award (2011)
      • Francis Lederer Award (2005)
    • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
      • Honor Award (2012)
    • American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology
      • Potsic Award (2012)
      • Potsic Award (2006)
    • UT Southwestern
      • Faculty Appreciation Award for Teaching (2011)
    • Washington University 
      • Joseph M Chole Humanitarian Award (2006)
    • Washington University Department of Otolaryngology
      • Medical Student Teaching Award (2006)
      • Scholastic Achievement Award (2006)
    • Washington University School of Medicine
      • Chief Resident Medical Student Teaching Award (2006)
    • Michael M. Paparella
      • Research Award (2004)
    • American Academy of Otolaryngology
      • Resident Research Award (2002)
    • Boston University School of Medicine
      • Henry I. Russek Student Achievement  Award (1996)

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