Dr. Peter Lee MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery - Division of Cardiac Surgery
The Ohio State University - Wexner Medical Center


Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He received a BS in neuroscience, PhD in pathobiology, and MD degrees all from Brown University. He received a Master of Science (MS) in Space Studies from the International Space University in France, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University. He completed he surgical training at Tufts University, UCLA, and Stanford University. He is a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon, with a particular interest in heart and lung transplantation. He is board certified in both general surgery and thoracic surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (FAsMA). His research interests span the range of clinic, outcomes, translational, and basic science research. He has an interest in applying tissue-engineering technologies for use in regenerative medicine, as replacement tissue, as a biological pump, and an organ-on-a-chip type in vitro experimental model. He also has an interest in aerospace medical and space life sciences research. He has flown multiple microgravity and spaceflight experiments, including in parabolic zero gravity flights, aboard the space shuttle, and on the International Space Station (ISS). He was recently a PI or Co-I on two ISS experiments looking at the effects of spaceflight on fruit fly hearts and stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes. He is currently a PI on a NASA grant to fly a suborbital experiment aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle. Dr. Lee is also a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air National Guard where he serves as the Chief of Clinical Services for the 179th Medical Group and is undergoing training to become an Air Force flight surgeon.


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