Dr. Delphine Lee, M.D., Ph.D, focuses on the health and wellness of your skin, hair and nails. The skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the body, susceptible to infection, cancer and autoimmunity.  As an expert in how the immune system functions, Dr. Lee emphasizes prevention and early diagnosis.

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Dr. Lee is the Director of the Dermatological Center for Skin Health with expertise in complicated skin rashes and skin cancer. She treats her private patients at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.  She is also the Chief of Dermatology and Residency Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. 


Under Dr. Lee’s direction, investigators on her team at the Lundquist Institute are respected researchers whose expertise extend well beyond cancer, allowing them to draw parallels between the inappropriate immune responses causing diseases: both cancer and non-cancerous.  A key focus of her laboratory is to investigate the role of microbes in affecting antitumor immune responses. Research involves cutting edge basic science and computational techniques to study the immune system in melanoma, breast cancer, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Community news
  • Dr. Lee lectures at The Sixth Scientific Meeting in Biological Sciences on "The skin and epithelial surfaces: associations of the human microbiome with health and disease" Zacatecas, Zac. México on November 15, 2021.

  • Dr. Lee discusses Preventing Skin Cancer at The Lundquist Institute’s Community Science Series: “How to Avoid Cancer.” on November 11, 2020.

  • To spark interest in medicine, Dr. Lee discussed "Sun Fitness" in a Zoom lecture to fifth grade students at 186 Elementary on September 29, 2020 at their Mini-Medical School program.

  • Dr. Lee and her colleague Dr. Faries published their new textbook, Practical Manual for Dermatologic and Surgical Melanoma Management, June 22, 2020.

  • Dr. Lee lectures at the Pacific Dermatologic Association's Annual meeting on "Melanoma: Staging and Diagnostics" in Coronado Island, CA on August 16, 2019.