Thay Q. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor in Residence
Vice Chairman for Research
Dr. Lee’s main research area is in joint biomechanics. The main focus of Dr. Lee’s research is in the biomechanics of the shoulder and the knee. Current investigations include: 1) Biomechanics of injury, repair and reconstruction of shoulder, elbow, hand and the knee; 2) Biomechanics of joint arthroplasty in the shoulder and the knee; 3) Biomechanics of fracture fixation; 4) Biomechanics of the spine.
Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his doctorate degree in Biomaterials at Gothenburg University in Sweden. He currently serves as a Professor in Residence and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Lee serves on several committees for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He serves as a grant review member for the Department of Veterans Affairs and many other organizations. He also serves as the Basic Science Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and reviews for high quality journals in his field of expertise.
Dr. Lee is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which is the highest distinction that is awarded by the society. He’s also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), which recognizes individuals who made a significant contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering. In addition, he is an elected member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Society of Biomechanics, California Orthopaedic Association, Society for Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering Society and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has published over 200 full length manuscripts, 400 abstracts and several book chapters. He gives invited lectures, as a visiting professor, both nationally and internationally on shoulder and knee biomechanics.
Applied Mechanics, University of California, San Diego
Biomaterials, Gothenburg University, Sweden
The Neer Award (Basic Science): American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Research Career Scientist Award: United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service
Senior Research Career Scientist Award: United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service