Michelle Lee is a native New Yorker and Manhattan-based doctor-writer. She graduated Wellesley CollegeCornell Medical School and is a resident physician in Manhattan. Michelle has written about New York City and Asian American & Pacific Islander community issues, especially during coronavirus, for Washington PostNew 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". 

Lee also works as a medical writer/editor. She was 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 & medical writing has been published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals including American Journal of Neuroradiology and Neurology. She published about her experiences as a first-year doctor treating COVID-19 patients at the height of the pandemic. She also spoke to East Side Stories encouraging COVID vaccination and how to address barriers that the elderly and immigrants often face.​ She was recognized as a healthcare hero by New York Presbyterian Hospital (NY's #1 Hospital) during AAPI Heritage Month 2021 and awarded Cornell Medical College's Pioneer in Diversity Award in 2022.

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 (3/21/2021) attended by over 3,000 community members. She spoke alongside Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Senator Chuck Schumer, BLM activist Nupol Kiazolu & other community leaders. 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 as a doctor-activist for PBSTime MagazineNBC News, ABC, Associated Press, Voice of America, Washington Times, US and World Report NewsLA TimesYahoo NewsABC Channel 7 News, NowThis News, Gothamist, East Side Stories, New York Presbyterian Health MattersTaiwan News, Wellesley Magazine, etc. Dr. Lee is covered as an AAPI activist by Now This News and Associated Press. NPR and Associated Press quoted her as a Manhattan doctor who believes "Racism is a public health issue". Dr. Lee has lectured and led discussions on AAPI health issues at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mercer School of Medicine in Georgia & Stony Brook University Hospital. She helped host AAPI Heritage Month for FIGS in 2021 and 2022.

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