Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA

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Department Founding Chair (1994), Sidna Chockley Rizzo Distinguished Professor, Medical Director of the UNC Rehabilitation Center and Occupational/Physical Therapy


Medical School: University of Illinois, 1984
Residency: Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1984-1988
Graduate School: Public Health Administration, University of North Carolina, 2004


American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • amputee rehabilitation
  • spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • independent medical examinations
  • medical acupuncture
  • botulinum toxin injections
  • spine injections
  • nerve conduction studies (NCS)
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • nerve blocks

Recent Honors

2012-present US News and World Report Top Doctor
2009-present Best Doctors in America®
2007-present Best Tar Heel Doctors in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Business North Carolina magazine
2011-2014 Reynolds Foundation Specialty Faculty Scholar
2007-2008 Fellow, American Council on Education (ACE), mentored by Dr. Robert Shelton, president of the University of Arizona

Recently Completed Research

Title: Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics
Period of Support: 1/1/2011-12/31/2014
Funding Agency: Don W. Reynolds Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator (Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, PI) 

Title: Prospective, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Randomized, Multicenter Study with an Open-label Extension Period to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of NT 201 in the Treatment of Post-stroke Spasticity of the Upper Limb
Funding Agency: Merz Pharmaceuticals
Role in Project: Principal Investigator

Title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Response Study of the
Safety and Efficacy of Thymosin Beta 4 in the Treatment of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Funding Agency: RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Role in Project: Principal Investigator (at UNC-CH)

Selected Publications

Walker HW, Lee MY, Bahroo LB, Hedera P, Charles D. Botulinum toxin injection techniques for the management of adult spasticity. PM&R. 2015; 7(4):417-427.

Dashtipour K, Chen JJ, Walker HW, Lee MY. Systematic literature review of abobotulinumtoxin A in clinical trials for adult upper limb spasticity. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015;Mar;94(3):229-38.

Zhang F, Liu M, Harper S, Lee M., Huang, H. Engineering Platform and Experimental Protocol for Design and Evaluation of a Neurally-controlled Powered Transfemoral Prosthesis. J. Vis. Exp. 2014;89, e51059, doi:10.3791/51059.

Lee JH, Lee BN, Lee MY, An X, Han SH. The significance of tibial and common peroneal nerves in nerve blocks. Surg Radiol Anat. 2012; Sep 27.

Moura VL, Faurot KR, Gaylord SA, Mann JD, Sill M, Lynch C, Lee MY.  Mind-body interventions for treatment of phantom limb pain in persons with amputation. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Aug;91(8):701-14. View the abstract.

Lee MY, Liu G, Kowlowitz V, et al. Causative factors affecting peripheral neuropathy in burn patients. Burns. 2009;35:412-416.

Park GY, Lee SM, Lee MY. Diagnostic value of ultrasonography for clinical medical epicondylitis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008;89:738-742.

Park GY, Kim JM, Lee SM, Lee MY. The value of ultrasonography in the detection of meniscal tears diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Phys Med and Rehabil. 2008;87:14-20.