Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Children’s Gastroenterology
Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger newest pediatric gastroenterologist, keeps a daily routine that usually starts the night before. “I like to preview and read up on the patients I will be seeing the next day so I have an idea of why they are seeing me,” he explains. This kind of intentionality can be seen in many other areas of Dr. Lee’s work, including his philosophy regarding his patients. He shares, “I try to think about what I would want for my own children. This, combined with the standard of care we are trained to provide, allows me to make the best possible choice for my patients and helps parents understand and feel comfortable with their child’s plan of care.” Dr. Lee looks forward to continuing his work at Erlanger and continuing to find answers for his young patients.
Morehouse School of Medicine – Atlanta, GA
of South Carolina
Board-Eligible for Pediatric Gastroenterology
Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, North American Society for Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I get to relieve pain and suffering – and see immediate results most of the time. By collaborating with general dentists, I’m able to help restore a patient’s confidence and smile.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years, as well as starting a private practice in 2010 that is still going strong after 12 years and a tornado.
3. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Digital X-rays and scanners replacing film and impression materials. Rather than having a big gloopy tray of play-doh in a patient’s mouth, we can now scan with a handheld device and produce a model for restoring teeth.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I’m grateful to God for my talents and gifts, and I offer prayer with each of my patients. I sincerely think prayer before surgery helps with a positive outcome and recovery.
5. Why did you choose to become an oral surgeon?
I spent a lot of time with two of my uncles growing up, both of whom practiced dentistry into their 80s. While I always admired their work ethic, I’ll probably retire before that!