Dr. Sylvia Lee is a medical oncologist who treats head and neck cancers, lung cancers, and melanoma at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She also serves as Acting Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Before enrolling in medical school, Dr. Lee wanted an intellectually challenging career that would also allow her to help others. “My father was a psychiatrist and my mother was a nurse, and I was fortunate to be raised in a loving family that valued caring for others,” she said.
Dr. Lee completed her medical degree at the University of North Carolina and her medical internship at the University of Washington. During her hematology-oncology fellowship, she began training under the renowned cancer immunologist Cassian Yee, MD at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Lee also served as a high school science teacher in the Teach for America program.
Dr. Lee has a love and enthusiasm for the future of cancer treatment. “Enhancing your own immune system’s natural ability to recognize and attack cancer cells is perhaps the most promising new form of treatment in a field long limited to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation,” Dr. Lee said. “These are still early days, but exciting, hopeful days, too.”