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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Cassandra A. Lee, M.D. View profile as PDF

Cassandra A. Lee

Philosophy of Care

I believe in working together as partners with my patients. My job is to educate my patients about their sports injuries and to help guide them through their rehabilitation process, whether it be for operative or nonoperative management.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lee's clinical interests relate to the diagnosis and management of patients who have sustained sports-related orthopaedic injuries, with emphasis on the knee and shoulder problems. 

Her surgical specialties include ligament reconstruction, cartilage preservation (such as osteochondral allograft and autologous chondrocyte implantation), meniscal transplantation and multiligamentous knee reconstruction. 

Dr. Lee also specialize in arthroscopic shoulder procedures such as instability and rotator cuff repairs, as well as open-shoulder reconstruction procedures.

Dr. Lee currently serves as an official team physician for the Sacramento Republic FC professional men's soccer team.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lee's research interests include the study of cartilage regeneration and ligament biology, and how they translate to clinical outcomes.


Assistant Professor


Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2700
Phone: 916-734-0171

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Other Languages:

Mandarin Chinese


M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001
B.A., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1996


North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 2004


North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 2008


Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2008

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Select Recent Publications:

Kim YM, Lee CA, Matava MJ. Clinical results of arthroscopic single-bundle transtibial posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Feb;39(2):425-34. Epub 2010 Aug 11.

Moraiti CO, Stergiou N, Ristanis S, Vasiliadis HS, Patras K, Lee C, Georgoulis AD. The effect of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction on stride-to-stride variability. Arthroscopy. 2009 Jul;25(7):742-9.

Ma J, Shen J, Garrett JP, Lee CA, Li Z, Elsaidi GA, Ritting A, Hick J, Tan KH, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA. Gene expression of myogenic regulatory factors, nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits, and GAP-43 in skeletal muscle following denervation in a rat model. J Orthop Res 2007;2525(11):1498-1505.

Lee C, Ma J, Deal DN, Smith BP, Koman LA, Smith TL, Shilt JS. Neuromuscular recovery after distraction osteogenesis at different frequencies in a rabbit model. J Pediatr Orthop. 2006 Sep-Oct;26(5):628-33.

Shen J, Ma J, Lee C, Smith BP, Smith TL, Tan KH, Koman LA. How muscles recover from paresis and atrophy after intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin A: Study in juvenile rats. J Orthop Res 2006;24(5):1128-1135.

Farmer JM, Lee CA, Curl WW, Martin DF, Kortesis B, Poehling GG. Initial biomechanical properties of staple-anchor Achilles tendon allograft and interference screw bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft fixation for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a cadaveric model. Arthroscopy. 2006 Oct;22(10):1040-5.

Poehling GG, Curl WW, Lee CA, Ginn TA, Rushing JT, Naughton MJ, Holden MB, Martin DF, Smith BP. Analysis of Outcomes of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair with 5-Year Follow-up: Allograft Versus Autograft. Arthroscopy. 2005 July; 21(7):774-785.

Shen J, Ma J, Elsaidi GA, Lee CA, Smith TL, Tan KH, Koman LA, Smith BP. Gene expression of myogenic regulatory factors following intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin A in juvenile rats. Neuroscience Letters. 2005; 381:207-210.

Ma J, Shen J, Lee CA, Elsaidi GA, Smith TL, Walker FO, Rushing JT, Tan KH, Koman LA, Smith BP. Gene expression of nAChR, SNAP-25 and GAP-43 in Skeletal Muscles following Botulinum Toxin A Injection: a study in rats. J Orthop Res. 2005;23:302-309.

Lee CA, Birkedal JP, Dickerson EA, Vieta PA Jr, Webb LX, Teasdall RD. Stabilization of Lisfranc joint injuries: a biomechanical study. Foot Ankle Int. 2004 May;25(5):365-70.

Lee CA, Meyer JV, Shilt JS, Poehling GG. Case Report: Allograft Maturation in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2004 Jul;20 Suppl 2:46-9.

Kinner B, Pacicca DM, Gerstenfeld LC, Lee CA, Einhorn TA, Spector M. Expression of smooth muscle actin in cells involved in distraction osteogenesis in a rat model. J Orthop Res 21: 20-27, 2003.

Pacicca DM, Patel N, Lee C, Salisbury K, Lehmann W, Carvalho R, Gerstenfeld LC, Einhorn TA. Expression of angiogenic factors during distraction osteogenesis. Bone. 2003 Dec;33(6):889-98.

Cullinane DM, Fredrick A, Eisenberg SR, Pacicca D, Elman MV, Lee C, Salisbury K, Gerstenfeld LC, Einhorn TA. Induction of a neoarthrosis by precisely controlled motion in an experimental mid-femoral defect. J Orthop Res 20:579-86, 2002.

Einhorn TA, Lee CA. Bone Regeneration: New Findings and Potential Clinical Applications. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 9:157-165, 2001.

Tornetta P IIIrd, Spoo JE, Reynolds FA, Lee C. Overtightening of the Ankle Syndesmosis: Is it really possible? J Bone Joint Surg 83A (4): 489-492, 2001.

To see if Cassandra A. Lee is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).