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Senior Night, Thursday, January 30, 6:30 PM

Dr. Lee Uplifts Students to be Innovative

Thomas C. Lee, MD, directs the Retina Institute in The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) while also contributing greatly to the Armenian EyeCare Project.

Educated at the prestigious Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Lee completed his medical degree in 1992 and graduated with honors in research as a Howard Hughes Scholar. He pursued his residency in ophthalmology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University followed by a retina fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lee was director of the pediatric retina services and associate director of the Robert M. Ellsworth Ocular Oncology Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University before he became an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Eye Institute.

Devoting his career to providing the most advanced pediatric ophthalmic care, Dr. Lee is internationally known for his efforts to deliver state-of-the art eye care to under-serviced regions.

His contribution to the Armenian Eye Care Project, as expressed by AECP themselves, has been immeasurable as Dr. Lee works closely with Armenian physicians and directs a telemedicine and remote learning portal to reduce blindness in babies through patient screening and physician education. Through this telemedicine technology, Dr. Lee supervises ophthalmic exams and complex ophthalmic surgeries remotely.

Dr. Lee shared his videos, images, and stories to encourage students to use their professions to serve all of humanity. His innovative works, pushed students to think different, see multiple solutions to everyday problems, and be resourceful with all that they have available in the world around them to help others.

We thank our alumni parent Mrs. Parseghian, and our partners at the Children's Hospital of LA for providing this rare opportunity for our students to interact with Dr. Lee.