Erica H. Lee, MD

About Me

I am a dermatologist who focuses on caring for people with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, early-stage melanoma, and rare types of skin cancers. I have special training in Mohs surgery, laser surgery, and other dermatologic procedures used to remove skin cancer. I provide care at MSK’s 60th Street Outpatient Center.

I chose the field of dermatologic and Mohs surgery because it allows me to build long-term relationships with the people I care for. I also find it very rewarding to be able to treat and often cure skin cancer.

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Patients often come to their first appointment fearful of their diagnosis and uncertain of what to expect and what to do. I believe my first job as a physician is to stay focused on my patients’ needs, and to address any worries or concerns they may have. I hope people leave my office feeling more knowledgeable, hopeful, and confident that they are making the right decisions about their care.

Understanding the patient experience is also a topic that I’ve researched extensively. My colleagues and I recently developed a tool called the FACE-Q Skin Cancer Module to help improve care for people with facial skin cancers. Questionnaires from this module are given to patients in advance of their first visit and then throughout their care. It asks them questions about their appearance, satisfaction, and quality of life, providing clinicians like me with the information they need to tailor appointments to the concerns that matter most to each individual patient. Our research has shown that patient feedback captured by questionnaires such as the FACE-Q Skin Cancer can enhance the healing process while improving patients’ overall satisfaction with their care.

In addition to quality of life research, I am actively involved in all the national dermatology associations and regularly give talks on topics ranging from skin cancer management to patient outcomes. I have authored papers and book chapters on squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs surgery, as well as quality of life in skin cancer and breast cancer survivors. I have also authored studies on ways to improve nonmelanoma skin cancer care among elderly patients.

Outside of my career, what I like doing most is spending time with my husband and two boys. We enjoy all that New York City has to offer.

  • Clinical Expertise: Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery; Laser Surgery; Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer; Basal Cell Carcinoma; Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Early-Stage Melanoma; Detection and Prevention of Skin Cancers in High-Risk Patients; Skin Cancers in Transplant Patients
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Stony Brook University Medical School
  • Residencies: Dermatology - New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Fellowships: Dermatologic Surgery - New York University Langone Medical Center/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Dermatology

See My Colleagues

Publications

Lee EH, Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Nehal KS, Pusic AL. FACE-Q Skin Cancer Module for measuring patient-reported outcomes following facial skin cancer surgery. Br J Dermatol. 2018 Apr 14.

Rogers EM, Connolly KL, Nehal KS, Rossi AM, Lee E. Comorbidity scores associated with limited life expectancy in the very elderly with nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Jun;78(6):1119-1124.

Rossi AM, Blank NR, Dusza S, Lee EH. Effect of laser therapy on quality of life in patients with radiation-induced breast telangiectasias. Lasers Surg Med. 2018 Apr;50(4):284-290.

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Visit PubMed for a full listing of Erica H. Lee’s journal articles

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Clinical Trials

Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.

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Insurance

Most major health insurers offer plans that include MSK as one of their in-network providers. If MSK is in-network, it means all our doctors are too. Medicaid and New York State Medicare also provide benefits for care at MSK.

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