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MICHELLE LEE MD

Michelle Lee is a native New Yorker and Manhattan-based doctor writer. She graduated Cornell Medical School and completed her internal medicine year at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital at the height of the COVID pandemic. She is currently a resident physician at NYP-Cornell Hospital in Manhattan. Michelle has written about New York City and Asian American and Pacific Islander community issues, especially during coronavirus and anti-Asian hate crisis, for New York Magazine, NBC, Stat News, KevinMD, Zagat, Eater, Life & Thyme, Infatuation, Salon News, and Civil Eats. She has given podcasts on "Doctors Sharing Experiences Working During COVID", "NYC's Koreatown", and "The Best Cookies in NY". She was recognized as a healthcare hero by New York Presbyterian Hospital (NY's #1 Hospital) during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 here. She is a brands ambassador for FIGS​ and hosted their AAPI heritage month during COVID on Clubhouse.

Dr. Michelle Lee also works as a medical writer and editor. She is a former editor-in-chief of Cornell's Journal of Humanities in Medicine. She authored a 70-page book on spine health distributed by Belvoir Media.  Her brain research and writing has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Neuroradiology and Neurology. She also published about her experiences as a first-year doctor treating COVID-19 patients when NYC was the COVID epicenter. She also spoke to East Side Stories encouraging COVID vaccination and the barriers the elderly and immigrants often face.

After the fatal Atlanta shootings including six Asian women, Dr. Lee spoke as a community activist at the largest peaceful NYC AAPI rally in Manhattan's Chinatown on 3/21/2021, attended by over 3,000 community members. She spoke on the same stage as Andrew Yang, Senator Chuck Schumer, and BLM activist Nupol Kiazolu. She rallied over 100 NYC healthcare workers to form the first White Coat Frontline in support of the AAPI community. She has been interviewed and/or featured in NBC News, ABC, Associated Press, Voice of America, Washington Times, US and World Report NewsLA TimesYahoo News, Sacromento Bee, Post Star, Local 10, My North West, TennesseanABC Channel 7 News, NowThis News, Gothamist, East Side Stories, New York Presbyterian Health Matters, Florida News TimeOutlook IndiaSouth China Morning PostTaipei Times, Taiwan News, Thai PBS, and more. Dr. Lee is covered as an AAPI activist in videos by Now This News here and Associated Press here.


She was referenced as an activist by NPR and Associated Press as a Manhattan radiologist who believes "racism is a public health issue” during escalating anti-Asian hate during COVID, as well as in Washington Post. Dr. Michelle Lee has lectured and led discussions on Asian American and Pacific Islander health issues at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mercer School of Medicine in Georgia, Stony Brook University Hospital

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