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Lee-may Chen, MD


Contact Information
Mailing Address: 1600 Divisadero St. Box 1702
San Francisco, CA 94143-1702
Practice Phone: 415/353-9600
Academic Phone: 415/885-7204
Academic Fax: 415/885-3586
Academic Assistant: 415/885-7204, 415/885-7561
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Research/Clinical Interests:

Dr. Lee-may Chen specializes in gynecologic malignancies at the University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Chen has a particular interest in surgical and medical management of ovarian cancer. Her research focuses on early detection in women who are at a high risk of developing gynecological cancer, symptom management, decision-making in the treatment of gynecologic cancers and the effects of psychosocial support on patients. Dr. Chen is also an active clinician and surgeon and is the principal investigator of several novel chemotherapeutic clinical trials in gynecologic cancers through the Gynecologic Oncology Group. She is highly involved in the academic development and training of fellows, residents and medical students at UCSF, and was elected to the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators in 2008. On a national level, Dr. Chen has worked on the creation of a formal learning objectives program with leaders from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. Her research projects involving hereditary gynecologic cancer risk and treatment have been published in medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as others. Dr. Chen also speaks Mandarin and medical Spanish.

Year Institution & Location Degree Field of Study
1989 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor B.S. Biomedical Sciences & Chinese Studies
1992 University of Michigan Meidcal School, Ann Arbor M.D. Medicine
1996 University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor Internship & Residency Obstetrics & Gynecology
1999 University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine Fellowship Gynecologic Oncology
Achievements & Recognition
Year Major Honors

J. Robert Willson Award for Excellence in Obstetrics & Gynecology


Berlex Oncology Foundation, Genetics in Oncology Course
Berlex Oncology Foundation, Epidemiology / Clinical Trial Design Course


ACOG/CREOG National Faculty Award, 2003


Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF School of Medicine

Publications on PubMed

Selected Recent Publications

L Chen, K Yang, SE Little, MK Cheung, AB Caughey. Gynecologic Cancer Prevention in Lynch Syndrome/Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer Families. Obstet Gynecol. 2007; 110: 18-25.

Chan JK, K Fuh, JY Shin, MK Cheung, CB Powell, L Chen, DS Kapp, and K Osann. The treatment and outcomes of early-stage epithelial ovarian cancer: have we made any progress? Br JCancer 2008; 98: 1191-1196.

H Hirata, Y Hinoda, N Okayama, Y Suehiro, Ken K, N Kikuno1, JT Rabban, L Chen, and R Dahiya. CYP1A1, SULT1A1, and SULT1E1 polymorphisms are risk factors for endometrial
cancer susceptibility. Cancer 2008; 112: 1964-1973.

Hirata H, Y Hinoda, N Okayama, Y Suehiro, K Kawamoto, N Kikuno, JT Rabban, L Chen, and R Dahiya. COMT polymorphisms affecting protein expression are risk factors for endometrial cancer. 2008; Mar 6.

K Yang and L Chen. Gynecologic decisions for women at risk for Lynch syndrome. Expert Rev Obstet Gynecol 2008; 3: 231-237.

L Chen and JM Lancaster. Highlights from the SGO's 39th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2008; 109: 166-167.

M McLemore, C Miaskowski, M Dodd, L Chen, B Azouizerat. Rules of tumor cell development and their application to biomarkers for ovarian cancer? Oncol Nursing Forum 2008; 35: 403-409.

JT Rabban, B Crawford, L Chen, CB Powell, and CJ Zaloudek. Transitional Cell Metaplasia of Fallopian Tube Fimbriae. Am J Surg Pathol. 2008; September 30 [Epub ahead of print]

CB Powell, A Kneier, L Chen, M Rubin, C Kronenwetter, and E Levine. A Randomized Study of the Effectiveness of a Brief Psychosocial Intervention for Women Attending a Gynecologic Cancer Clinic. Gynecol Oncol 2008; 111: 137-143.

L Poder. FV Coakley, J Rabban, R Goldstein, RA Sollito, L Chen. Decidualized endometrioma during pregnancy: Recognizing an imaging mimic of ovarian malignancy. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2008 Jul-Aug:32(4):555-8.

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