W.P. Andrew Lee, MD

W. P. Andrew Lee, MD is the Milton T. Edgerton, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A hand surgeon and translational researcher, he conducts investigation on tolerance strategy for vascularized composite allografts (VCA) to ameliorate the need for long-term systemic immunosuppression. Dr. Lee established multi-disciplinary programs for hand transplantation at Johns Hopkins and University of Pittsburgh using an immunomodulatory protocol based upon investigations in his laboratory. He led the surgical team that performed the first bilateral hand transplant (2009) and the first trans-humeral transplant (2010) in the U.S. Dr. Lee has authored over 210 original peer-reviewed publications and 40 textbook chapters on hand surgery and VCA subjects. He has been the principal investigator on multiple federal research grants totaling over $10 millions. He has been an invited speaker or visiting professor in over 60 institutions around the world, and served on the editorial boards of Transplantation, Journal of Surgical Research, and Hand. In 2014 he co-founded the journal Vascularized Composite Allo-transplantation, and serves as its co-Editor. Dr. Lee has received more than 90 awards and honors, including the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Sumner Koch Award and Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2014 he was recognized by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons with the Research Achievement Award for Basic Research. He received in the same year the Andrew J. Weiland Medal for Outstanding Research from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2015, he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lee has served as the Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (2012-13) and the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011-12). In 2008 he co-founded the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, for which he was the President in 2014-16. He was elected the Chair of Plastic Surgery Research Council in 2002 and President of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2010. In 2016 he was elected as the Chair of the Medical Board at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He currently serves as the President-Elect of the American Association for Hand Surgery.