William R. Lee, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

After spending more than 25 years as an operative orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William R. Lee, MD, founded the Mindful Orthopedic Institute to focus on a mindful, non-surgical approach to orthopedic care.

Dr. Lee’s undergraduate training was in physiology at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Dr. Lee played water polo and was a member of the 1977 NCAA National Championship team. He developed an interest in sports medicine and exercise physiology while at Berkeley, and continued graduate studies in exercise physiology with Dr. George Brooks, PhD. Following graduate school, Dr. Lee matriculated at The George Washington University Medical School with the intention of using exercise physiology principles to improve patients' health and fitness. He completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at The University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1991.

Dr. Lee practiced most of his career as an operative orthopedic surgeon focused on general orthopedics with a special interest in foot and ankle problems. His career has brought him full circle, back to his original interest and background in exercise physiology studying the effects of activity and gait on health, fitness and well-being. Dr. Lee views many spine and lower extremity musculoskeletal problems as possible evolutionary “mismatch” diseases. In his current orthopedic practice at MOI, he uses this novel perspective to address the growing burden of musculoskeletal disease affecting all of us in modern societies.