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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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

Mark A. Lee

Clinical Interests

I believe in providing personalized, precise, and state of the art surgical techniques to my patients, with a focus on minimally invasive approaches combined with the newest stabilization devices and philosophies. I believe that optimal fracture care and successful treatment incorporates a combination of classic approaches with contemporary theory. I strive to improve patient outcomes by translating the newest findings from the research lab directly to the surgical theater using safe and well tested techniques. I believe that outcomes are influenced by approach and skill, and I strive to provide optimal and cutting edge care for all my patients.


Associate Professor
Trauma Fellowship Director


Orthopaedic Surgery - Trauma


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


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)


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1995
B.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1991


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1995


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1996


University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2001

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AO North America Teaching Faculty
California Orthopaedic Association
Orthopaedic Research Society
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Western Orthopaedic Association

Select Honors and Awards:

American Orthopaedics Association, 2010

Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching (by the University of California, Davis Academic Senate), 2009

Howard Rosen Table Instructor Award, AO North America, 2008

Teacher of the Year Award, University of California, Davis, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004

Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership, 2001

Basic Science Research Award, LeRoy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, San Francisco, CA, 2000

Resident Research Award, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, 1998

House Staff Teaching Award Finalist, UCSF School of Medicine, 1997

Laura Weinstein Undergraduate Teaching Award, Stanford University, 1991

Select Recent Publications:

Eastman J, Tseng S, Lo E, Li CS, Yoo B, Lee M. Retropatellar technique for intramedullary nailing of proximal tibia fractures: a cadaveric assessment. J Orthop Trauma. 2010 Nov;24(11):672-6.

Crist B, Khalafi A, Hazelwood SJ & & Lee MA. A biomechanical comparison of locked plate fixation with percutaneous insertion capability versus the angled blade plate in a subtrochanteric fracture gap model. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 23(9): 622-627. 2009

Cullen A, Curtiss S & Lee MA. Biomechanical comparison of polyaxial and uniaxial locking plates in a proximal tibial gap model. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 23(7):507-513. 2009

Khadder MA, Jamali AA, DiCesare PE & Lee MA: Periprosthetic Fractures About Total Knee Replacements: Repair or Revise (Chapter 29), Total Knee Complications and Potential Solutions, 303-313. 2009

Lo EY, Lee MA. New Concepts in the Surgical Management of Ankle Fractures. Orthopaedics, 31(9): 868-72, 2008.

Tseng SS, Lee MA, and Reddi AH. Nonunions and the Potential of Stem Cells in Fracture-Healing. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 90(Suppl 1): 92-98.

Wilkens KJ, Curtiss S, Lee MA. Polyaxial Locking Plate Fixation in Distal Femur Fractures: A Biomechanical Comparison. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 22(9): 624-8, 2008.

Wolinsky PR & Lee MA. The Distal Approach for Anterolateral Plate Fixation of the Tibia: An Anatomic Study. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 22(6): 404-407, 2008.

Jamali AA, Lee MA, Donthineni R, Meehan JP. Minimally invasive management of a floating prosthesis injury with locking plates. J Arthroplasty. 2007 Sep;22(6):928-33. Epub 2007 Apr 20.

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