Thay Q. Lee, PhD

dr_LeeThay Q. Lee, PhD is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Lee is also a Professor at the University of California at Irvine. He is Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine and a Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

Dr. Lee received his BS in Bioengineering and MS in Applied Mechanics at the University of California, San Diego. He received PhD in Biomaterials from Gothenburg University in Sweden. The main focus of Dr. Lee’s research is identifying and developing biomechanical models to quantify injury mechanisms and surgical reconstruction methods. Dr. Lee has developed an innovative, state-of-the-art laboratory for testing that has made him one of the leading experts in shoulder biomechanics today. He has published over 100 full-length manuscripts, 250 abstracts, several book chapters and edited books. He received numerous awards in his field including the prestigious “The Neer Award” for his research in Shoulder and Elbow.

He’s a Fellow for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and also for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He’s a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Society of Biomechanics, California Orthopaedic Association, Society for Biomaterials, and Biomedical Engineering Society.

He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for California Orthopaedic Research Institute, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory Alumni Council and Asian American Institute for Research and Education. In addition, he serves on multiple committees for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He serves as a grant review member for many organizations and reviews for high quality journals in his field of expertise. He also contributes a considerable amount of time to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where he volunteers as Deputy Sheriff for the Coroner’s Department.

Dr. Lee is especially proud to be honored by being elected to the Board of Directors of the Extremity War Trauma Research Foundation. The mission of this foundation is to fund Orthopaedic research and increase public awareness of traumatic war injuries to military and civilian victims worldwide.

Dr. Lee also is an internationally traveled surfer. He loves hunting wild boar, bear and other traditional game.