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Hochang B. Lee, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Hochang Benjamin (Ben) Lee, M.D. is the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Chief of Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and Regional Chief of Psychiatry for the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Prior to his chairmanship at University of Rochester, he was the founding director and Chief of Yale's Psychological Medicine Service, at Yale New Haven Hospital's York Street and St. Raphael campuses. He also directed Yale's Psychological Medicine Research Center. Previously, he had also been Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Director of Research Development at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

His primary research interests are: 1. Developing innovative models for delivery behavioral health service for medical and surgical patients. 2. Prevention of neuropsychiatric morbidity (e.g. delirium, depression, and dementia) after major surgery among the elders. Dr. Lee is also an expert in psychiatric aspects of restless legs syndrome, and Asian American mental health issues.

Dr. Lee is board certified in psychiatry with sub-specialty certification in psychosomatic medicine. His primary clinical interest is in behavioral aspects of dementia care, especially among those elders with multiple medical comorbidities. Dr. Lee completed psychiatry residency and combined neuropsychiatry/psychiatric epidemiology fellowships at Johns Hopkins after earning his MD at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1997.

Dr. Lee is the incoming Editor-In-Chief for Psychosomatics (2021) and the President-Elect of International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (2022).



  • Psychosomatic Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

10/17/2000 - 7/16/2003
Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

10/17/1998 - 10/31/2001
Residency in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital

10/17/1997 - 10/31/1998
Internship in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Donald Oken Fellow Award
Sponsor: American Psychosomatic Society
Location: Long Beach, CA

Don R. Lipsitt Award
Sponsor: Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Location: San Diego, CA

Visiting Professorship Award (Hospital of UPenn)
Sponsor: Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Location: Philadelphia, PA

The Chairman's Award, Department of Psychiatry
Location: Yale University School of Medicine

Visiting Professorship Award (Baystate Hospital)
Sponsor: Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Location: Springfield, MA

NIMH/ Advanced Research Institute Scholar
Location: Winston Salem, NC

The Dlin/Fischer Award in Excellence in Clinical Research
Location: Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Amelie Island, FL

Junior Investigator Award
Sponsor: International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology
Location: Basel, Switzerland

The APIRE/GlaxoSmithKline Mental Health Scholar
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association Meeting
Location: San Francisco, CA

The 2002 AAGP Summer Research Institute Scholar
Location: Durham, NC

The American Psychiatric Institute of Research and Education (APIRE)/ Janssen Scholar in Severe Mental Illness
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association
Location: Toronto, Canada

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