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Dermatologist and Immunologist


Chief of Dermatology and Residency Program Director

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Director, Dermatology Service Line

Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County


David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Principal Investigator

Cancer Biology and Immunotherapeutics IWI Director 

The Lundquist Institute 


University of California, San Diego
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
B.S. - Summa Cum Laude
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego 
Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences)
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA
Transitional Year Program
University of California, Los Angeles 
Subspecialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR)
Program; Dermatology Residency and Research Fellowship


Dr. Delphine J. Lee


Dr. Delphine J. Lee is the Chief of Dermatology and Residency Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center located in the South Bay, as well as the Director for the Dermatology Service Line for the Department of Health Services for Los Angeles County.  She leads her immunology research team at the Lundquist Institute to investigate how to help your immune system fights cancer and improve outcomes for people with autoimmune diseases.  


Dr. Lee was the former Director of the Carolyn Dirks and Brett Dougherty Laboratory for Cancer Research and Department of Translational Immunology at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. While at John Wayne Cancer Institute, Dr. Lee led the effort to expand the biorepository at JWCI and developed new collaborative projects in skin cancer, breast cancer, and other solid tumors to investigate relevant immune pathways important for fighting cancer. Her work investigating immunologic mechanisms is potentially relevant to a broad spectrum of solid malignancies, including breast cancer, melanoma, and gastrointestinal cancers. Her group is also bringing new approaches to personalized medicine, with translational research projects investigating the potential role of the human microbiome on host immunity to improve therapies including cancer and inflammatory skin conditions. 


Recruited from her previous position at UCLA as the former Director of Cutaneous Autoimmune Diseases (Immunobullous diseases clinic and Non-immunobullous disease/Connective tissue disease clinic), Dr. Lee has expertise in autoimmune skin diseases, including vitiligo, pemphigus, pemphigoid, skin lupus, dermatomyositis, and other complex rashes as well as in general dermatology. Dr. Lee has been awarded several grants for her work in dermatology and immunology, including the relationship between vitiligo and melanoma. Her NIH-funded research investigated how the immune system functions in the skin. Her previous accolades include University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Award, Victor D. Newcomer Award, and Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award. She has also received awards from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, Ruth Weil Microbiome project, Maria McClay Foundation, American Skin Association, Dermatology Foundation, Eastwood Charitable Fund, Fashion Footwear Association of New York, and Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer.


Dr. Lee is Past-President for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society, as well as a member of several dermatologic, immunologic and cancer medical and scientific organizations such as the American Association of Immunologists, American Dermatological Association, and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. A leader in her field, Dr. Lee has been a reviewer for a number of Dermatology and other scientific journals, a member of the American Board of Dermatology Basic Science Content Development Committee, and served as a standing member and later chaired the AMS grant review study section for the National Institutes of Health.

Medical and Professional Society Affiliations
Hospital and Academic Affiliations
dermatology, translational immunology