LEADING THE FIELD IN WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
Meet Crystine Lee, M.D.
Board Certified General Surgeon Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Endoscopy
Dr. Lee graduated from Harvard with Honors in 1992 and from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1996. She completed her surgical residency at University of California, San Francisco in 2003 and a Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Fellowship in 2004. During her residency, Dr. Lee also completed an MBA at the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Lee is a member of multipe surgical societies including the American Society of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery and the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lee is credited with publishing one of the sentinel, ground-breaking papers in 2007 demonstrating the safety and efficacy of the gastric sleeve and leading to its widespread adoption. For almost a decade, she has been recognized by her peers and colleagues in over 20 times as one of the Bay Area’s “Top Doctors” for general surgery and obesity surgery. Dr. Lee was in the top 3 of robotic surgeons in Norther California, with over 700 operations.
Dr. Lee is a compassionate, respectful, and empathic physician who cares deeply about her patients. She takes time to make sure that all your questions are answered. Given her military service, she has a deep-seated commitment to integrity, serving others, and excellence in all that she does.
Curriculum Vitae for Crystine Lee, M.D.
1988 – 1992 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
B.A. with Honors in Biology; minor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations
1992 – 1996 Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
M.D. with Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence
1996 – 2003 University of California—San Francisco, General Surgery Residency
With two years of American College of Surgeons-Ethicon Scholarship funded laboratory research.
2003 – 2004 Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
2009 Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Master of Business Administration
2011 Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Granted fellowship after passing rigorous evaluation in terms of education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct by the American College of Surgeons
2013 Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robotic Surgery Training
Certificate of da Vinci System Training and Robotic Surgery, Marin General Hospital Robotic Surgery Operational Committee Member
Top 3 in general surgery robotic cases in Northern California in 2018
2019 BodyTite Minimally Invasive Contouring Training
Certificate of BodyTite, FaceTite, AccuTite and Morpheus Training
1989 Harvard University Elizabeth Agassiz Academic Award for Freshmen
1991 Harvard College Scholarship for Academic Achievement of High Distinction
1992 Harvard University Honors in Biology
1992 Harvard University Dean’s List
1992 F. Edward Hébert Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Full scholarship to Stanford University School of Medicine
1996 Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence, Stanford University School of Medicine
1997 Julius R. Krevans’ ‘Intern of the Year’ Award for Clinical Excellence U.C.S.F. Dept. of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital
1998 American College of Surgeons-Ethicon Scholarship for the Study of Surgical Wound Healing Total value of $40,000 for ‘recognition of research potential and investigative interest.’
1998 Society of University Surgeons-Ethicon Surgical Research Fellowship Award Total value of $30,000. (Award declined because cannot accept two scholarships.)
1999 Bank of America-A.P. Giannini Foundation Research Fellowship Award Total value of $60,000 for stipend and salary.
2003 UCSF Department of Surgery Haile T. Debas Teaching Award For outstanding teaching of fellow residents and students.
2003 U.S. Surgical Minimally Invasive Fellow Full scholarship for a minimally invasive surgical fellowship.
2011 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.
2011 Operation Access Compassion Award Charity surgery for uninsured patients, awarded 2011 Compassion Award
2012 – Present “Top Doctors” in the San Francisco Bay Area
● 2012 – 2019 Marin Magazine “Top Doctors” poll of physician peers as to who they would consider an “exceptional and exemplary physician”
● 2014 – 2018 Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook “Top Doctors” poll of physician colleagues as to who they would consider “the best doctors in a specified field”
● 2018 – 2019 Sonoma Magazine “Top Doctors” poll of physician peers as to who they would consider an “exceptional and exemplary physician”
● 2015 – 2019 Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” were selected after peer nomination, extensive research and careful review and screening by the Castle Connolly doctor-directed research team.
● 2016 – 2019 San Francisco Magazine’s “Bay Area Top Doctors”
● 2017 – 2018 Castle Connolly “Exceptional Women in Medicine”
● 2017 – 2019 Castle Connolly “Regional Top Doctor”
2013 Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robotic Surgery Training Certificate of da Vinci System Training and Robotic Surgery
2015 – 2018 Top Intuitive Surgical Robotic General Surgeon in Northern California Top 3 in general surgery robotic cases in Northern California, 700+ cases
June 1994 U. S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, (241 points, 98th percentile)
Mar 1996 U. S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 2, (236 points, 96th percentile)
Dec 1997 U. S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 3 (225 points, 89th percentile)
May 1998 – Present Medical Board of California, licensed physician and surgeon (Lic. #: A 065187)
Mar 1999 Business School G.M.A.T, (750 points, 99th percentile)
Dec 2006 – Present Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery Re-certified Dec 2017
Current Drug Enforcement Agency Number (DEA #: FL0845000)
Current until Mar 2023 American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
2003 – Present Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery
2004 – Present American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
2008 – Present California Medical Association
2011 – Present Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
2004 – 2008 Lieutenant Colonel & Medical Staff Surgeon, United States Air Force Air Force 60th Surgical Operations Squadron, 60th Medical Group David Grant Medical Center, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, CA
2005 – 2008 Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery US Air Force 60th Surgical Operations Squadron, 60th Medical Group, David Grant Medical Center, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, CA
2005 – 2006 Deployed General Surgeon, Mobile Forward Surgical Team 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar. Deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom to treat injured airmen, soldiers and marines. Letter of appreciation from President Bill Clinton.
2008 – Present CEO, Marin Surgical Associates, Inc. Medical service corporation that provides surgical services at multiple hospitals.
2008 – Present Department of General Surgery Committee Member Marin General Hospital, Novato Community Hospital, Sonoma Valley Hospital
2009 – 2018 General Surgeon, Prima Medical Group Marin General Hospital (Active since11/2/10), Novato Community Hospital (Associate since 11/8/2011) & Sonoma Valley Hospital (Active since 7/1/09)
2011 – 2012 Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
2011 – 2015 Co-Medical Director, Breast Cancer Program Leadership Committee, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
2012 – 2016 Physician Performance Evaluation Committee, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA Peer review/quality improvement for physicians and multi physician care teams.
2012 – 2017 Performance Improvement Committee, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA Process improvement for departments, divisions, hospital units, etc.
2013 – Present Executive Council, UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, San Francisco, CA UCSF general surgery residency alumni society
2013 – Present Applicant Interview Committee, American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, CA
2013 – 2015 Chief, Division of General Surgery, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
2014 – 2018 da Vinci Robotic Surgery Operational Committee, Marin General Hospital, CA
2015 – 2016 Surgical Site Infection Prevention Working Group, Marin General Hospital, CA
2015 – Present Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy Reserve 2015 – 2016 – Operational Hospital Support Unit Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA. 2016 – Present – 4th Medical Battalion, US Marine Corps, San Diego, CA
2016 – 2018 Company Logistics Officer, Surgical Company Bravo, 4th Medical Battalion, US Marine Corps, US Navy Reserve May 2016 – Supported 20-day Exercise Eager Lion, a 20+-nation, 7,200 military personal exercise in Jordan. June 2017 – Provided emergency/trauma care in the Shock/Trauma Platoon at Mountain Exercise, where 1,250 Marines performed military exercises at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA
2018 – Present Battalion Logistics Officer, 4th Medical Battalion, US Marine Corps, US Navy Reserve
2018 – Present Whole Health Weight Loss Institute Vice President, CFO and Bariatric Surgeon
Vertical Gastrectomy for Morbid Obesity in 216 Patients- Report of Two-Year Results (One of the first authors, writers, first to perform, first to do research back in 2006)