Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Lee 

Posted on August 2022

Matthew Lee, MD has joined the UW Department of Radiology as an Assistant Professor (CHS) in the Abdominal Imaging and Intervention Section. Dr. Lee will also be serving as the Co-Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate, medical school, residency, and Abdominal Imaging and Intervention fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Keep reading to learn more about him below: 

Q: Where are you from? 

Phoenix, AZ 

Q: Why did you choose radiology? 

I was drawn to radiology by the profound and outsized impacts radiology has on patient care from diagnosis to informing and guiding management and treatment decisions, to intervention. Beyond a fundamental desire to make positive and meaningful impacts on patients’ lives, my interest in radiology was fueled by a natural curiosity about complex systems, a love for anatomy and imaging manifestations of disease, and an interest in solving complex problems. I was drawn to radiology at UW by the incredible people, collegial and supportive work and training environment, and the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines to care for patients and improve patient outcomes. Radiology is where I find my place in medicine. It offers me the opportunity to use my knowledge and abilities to positively impact patients’ lives and hopefully brighten my small corner of the world. 

Q: What are your career interests and goals? 

I have a passion for medical student education and am interested in designing and implementing engaging and interactive radiology learning experiences to create early positive exposure to radiology and to show the value and impact of radiology on patient care. My primary research interests include artificial intelligence applications in abdominal imaging, opportunistic screening in radiology, image-based body composition biomarkers, and oncologic imaging. 

Q: Why did you choose to work at UW/What are you most excited about working at UW?  

My professional calling and interest in radiology were shaped as a medical student here at UW by passionate radiologists who inspired me to become a radiologist and continue to inspire me to be the best radiologist I can be. Their impact on my life has also inspired me to invest my time and efforts in medical students here at UW to shape future generations of physicians.  

I am excited to join the world-renowned radiology department here at UW, which places a premium on clinical excellence, collaboration, innovation, education, and discovery. I am also excited to be taking on a formal role in medical student education and look forward to advancing the mission of the Department of Radiology and UWSMPH. As I begin my academic career, I hope to continually grow and achieve my personal and professional goals – to be a clinically excellent abdominal radiologist, an effective educator, an impactful clinical researcher, and a thoughtful leader. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself and serve a community that has given so much to me. 

Q: What are your hobbies? 

I love spending time with my incredible family, cooking, listening to and playing music, reading, traveling, yoga, and all things coffee (roasting, brewing, and drinking).