Meet Dr. Lee

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon – Dr. Gene Lee

 A board-eligible plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Gene K. Lee specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, eyelids, nose, ears and body. A native of Los Angeles, he completed dual residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California after living in Seoul, South Korea.

Thanks to his multi-cultural background, Dr. Lee has a deep understanding of different standards of beauty amongst different cultures, allowing him to develop a keen eye, providing his patients with  procedures that can maximize the intrinsic beauty unique to their own ethnicity.

Upon graduation from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP), he attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati with further graduate studies in health policy and administration at Harvard. During his five years of general surgery residency and three years of plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at USC, he received the prestigious USC Broad Stem Cell and Regenerative Research Award to pursue a research sabbatical during his training. 

Dr. Lee and his wife Julie enjoy traveling, being immersed in art, and exploring the connections between art and fashion. His passion for the arts has also allowed him to merge his love of science and artistry into his plastic surgery career. They love spending time with their five-year-old Scottish terrier named Wally and their five-year-old American shorthair tabby cat, Hunter.

As he joins Barrett Plastic Surgery, he’s excited to meet new local, out-of-state, and international patients for all aesthetic plastic surgery needs. We are thrilled to become a part of your journey.


Curriculum Vitae

Gene K. Lee M.D., M.P.H.

Training & Education


2019 to 2022

University of Southern California          

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Los Angeles, CA


2013 to 2019

University of Southern California          

General Surgery

Los Angeles, CA


University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine

Cincinnati, OH


Harvard School of Public Health

Masters in Public Health        

Concentration in Health Policy and Management

Boston, MA


Washington University in St. Louis

Bachelor of Arts, 2007

Major: Biological Sciences  

Minor: Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

St. Louis, MO



Oral presentation:

Short Duration 9-cis Retinoid Acid Therapy is Sufficient to Improve Functional Lymphatic Drainage in Post-Surgical Lymphedema. Plastic Surgery Research Council. May 2017


Short Duration 9-cis Retinoid Acid Therapy is Sufficient to Improve Functional Lymphatic Drainage in Post-Surgical Lymphedema. University of Southern California Department of Surgery Grand Rounds. Resident Research Competition Quarter Finalist. March 2017


The Mechanical Environment Modulates Lymphatic Tube Formation. World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. June 2017.

Poster presentation:

The Mechanical Environment Modulates Lymphatic Tube Formation In Vitro. Plastic Surgery Research Council. May 2017


Banks K, Squitieri L, Bramos A, Johnson MB, Gardner DJ, Pourmoussa AJ, Jung E, Lee GK, Perrault DP, Fedenko A, Kim GH, Han B, Hong YK, Kulber DA, Wong AK. Human Acellular Dermis as Spacer for Small-Joint Arthroplasty: Analysis of Revascularization in a Rabbit Trapeziectomy Model. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Sep;142(3):679-686.

Johnson MB, Pang B, Gardner DJ, Niknam-Benia S, Soundarajan V, Bramos A, Perrault DP, Banks K, Lee GK, Baker RY, Kim GH, Lee S, Chai Y, Chen M, Li W, Kwong L, Hong YK, Wong AK. Topical Fibronectin Improves Wound Healing of Irradiated Skin. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):3876. Published 2017 Jun 20. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03614-y

Jung E, Gardner D, Choi D, Park E, Jin Seong Y, Yang S, Castorena-Gonzalez J, Louveau A, Zhou Z, Lee GK, Perrault DP, Lee S, Johnson M, Daghlian G, Lee M, Jin Hong Y, Kato Y, Kipnis J, Davis MJ, Wong AK, Hong YK. Development and Characterization of A Novel Prox1-EGFP Lymphatic and Schlemm’s Canal Reporter Rat. Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 17;7(1):5577.

Kim JY, Kim HS, Moon ES, Park JO, Shin DE, Lee GK, Ha JW, Jung YS. Incidence and Risk Factors Associated with Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome following Surgical Correction of Scoliosis. Asian Spine J. 2008 Jun;2(1):27-33. doi: 10.4184/asj.2008.2.1.27.

Lee GK, Perrault DP, Bouz A, et al. Surgical Treatment Modalities for Lymphedema. Journal of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016.

Lee G, Pourmoussa AJ, Perrault D, Wong AK. Supercharged Free Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap: An Autologous Reconstructive Option for the Thin Breast Reconstruction Patient. Cureus. 2020;12(6):e8776. Published 2020 Jun 22. doi:10.7759/cureus.8776.

Perrault DP, Lee GK, Bouz A, et al. Ischemia and reperfusion injury in superficial inferior epigastric artery-based vascularized lymph node flaps. PLoS One. 2020;15(1):e0227599. Published 2020 Jan 10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0227599

Perrault DP, Lee GK, Park SY, Lee S, Choi D, Jung E, Seong YJ, Park EK, Sung C, Yu R, Bouz A, Pourmoussa A, Kim SJ, Hong YK, Wong AK. Small Peptide Modulation of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3-Dependent Postnatal Lymphangiogenesis. Lymphatic Research and Biology. Volume: 17 Issue 1: February 14, 2019

Perrault D, Manrique O J, Lee G, et al. (January 28, 2019) Complex Reconstruction of the Knee with a Free Vertical Rectus Abdominis Flap after Periprosthetic Soft Tissue Necrosis. Cureus 11(1): e3969. doi:10.7759/cureus.3969

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