Michael Lee

Mackall-Scheie Endowed Chair
Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology


Michael S. Lee, MD completed his bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University followed by his medical degree and ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He then completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School where he received a Distinguished Teaching and Service Award. He has received the Best Teaching Faculty Award from the residents in the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Minnesota four times. He has served on the board of directors of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmolgy and the editorial boards of Eye, Survey of Ophthalmology, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Frontiers in Neuro-Ophthalmology and the Asian Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 14 book chapters, and recently published his first book, A Case-based Guide to Eye Pain: Perspectives from Ophthalmology and Neurology. Dr. Lee is a Professor with tenure in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota and serves as the Residency Program Director in Ophthalmology where he holds the Mackall-Scheie Research Chair. He also serves as director of the neuro-ophthalmology service and co-director of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease. His clinical interests include blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, double vision, optic neuropathies, thyroid eye disease, and giant cell arteritis.

Clinical Summary

Dr. Lee sees patients with a variety of neuro-ophthalmic problems, including blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, double vision, eye pain, pseudotumor cerebri, thyroid eye disease and giant cell arteritis.





420 Delaware St SE, MMC 493, Minneapolis, MN 55455