Steven S. Lee, M.D.

Dr. Steven Lee, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Steven Lee

Orthopedic Surgeon

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek (Sequoia Building)


Dr. Lee is a board-certified orthopedic specialist with a special interest in spine surgery.

Dr. Lee specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders, with special interest and experience in the treatment of neck and back conditions, including spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and spinal deformity.

Dr. Lee is also experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and the treatment of degenerative and post-traumatic spinal disorders.

Approach to Treatment

I consider a patient’s lifestyle, expectation, occupation, and general medical condition in forming a well-balanced treatment plan.

Often, recovery from orthopedic conditions, particularly spine problems, requires hard work. The combination of Dr. Lee’s sincere desire to understand your particular situation, your ability to trust your physician, a little patience and hard-work will assist you in returning to an active lifestyle. His concern for his patients helps accelerate the patient healing process.

Dr. Lee believes in developing a genuine relationship based on mutual respect and trust, and at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists you have the opportunity to learn about and discuss your spinal problem with Dr. Lee and receive leading edge treatment in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

More About the Doctor

Dr. Lee began practicing orthopedic medicine following his fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

He is a board-certified member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

Alumni Organizations

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
  • University of California, San Diego Medical Center
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society

Curriculum Vitae

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
350 John Muir Parkway Suite 100
Brentwood, CA 94513


1994 – B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Biology

1998 – M.D., University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

1998-99 – Intern in General Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center

1999-04 – Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center

2004-2005 – Fellow, Spine Surgery, Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles

2007 – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: Board Certified, Spine Surgery
1999 – California Medical License #A69822

2007 – Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

2000 – Annual Resident Research Award, Basic Sciences, Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSD Medical Center

1997 – Leadership Academy Scholarship Award, California Medical Association

1997 – NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Short Term Research Training Award

1994 – Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Regents Scholar, College Honors, Departmental Highest Honors in Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

6/28/12 – Reduction of Peri-Operative Complications in Spine Surgery. 7th Annual meeting, Korean American Spine Society. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

4/30/10 – My Back Still Hurts! John Muir Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Update. Concord, CA.

5/28/09 – Pros and Cons of Cervical Spine Instrumentation; Is there a Role for Biologics in the Neck? 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons. Montreal, Canada.

6/5/08 – Common Neck Ailments. John Muir Orthopedics Update. Walnut Creek, CA.

7/20/07 – Spine Surgery. The Doctors Company. Napa, CA.

6/01/07 – Diagnostic Evaluation of Low Back Pain. John Muir Orthopaedic Conference. Walnut Creek, CA.

6/02/06 – Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. John Muir Orthopaedic Conference. Walnut Creek, CA.

5/16/05 – Cervical Laminaplasty and Cervical Laminectomy with Fusion. UCLA Spine Conference

6/4/2004 – Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Cervical Spine. Presented at Presented at UCSD Grand Rounds, Division of Rheumatology.

7/21/2003 – Bioabsorbable materials in Orthopaedics. Presented at UCSD Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Lee SS. Unilateral Facet Dislocation: Surgery vs. Non-operative Treatment, in The Cervical Spine, 5th ed,. Benzel E (ed). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, in press.

Lee SS. Posterior Pedicle Screw Fixation with Posterior-Lateral Fusion, in Advanced Reconstruction: Spine, Wang JC (ed). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011.

Lee SS, Lee KJH, Abit-bol JJ, Wang JC. Cervicore Cervical Intervertebral Disc Replacement, in Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine. Kim, Cammisa, and Fessler (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, 2006.

Lee SS, Nguyen A, Fish D, Wang JC. Diagnostic evaluation of Chronic Low Back Pain, in Low Back Pain. Johnson T and Jenis LG (eds.). Rosemont, IL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.

Lee SS, Bono CM. Physical Examination, in Spine (Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials). Bono CM and Garfin SR (eds.). Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott, Williams &Wilkins, 2004.

Bynum CK, Lee S, Mahar A, Tasto J, Pedowitz R. Failure mode of suture anchors as a function of insertion depth. Am J Sports Med. 2005 Jul; 33(7):1030-4.

Mahar AT, Lee SS, LaLonde F, Impelluso T, Newton PO. Biomechanical comparisons of Stainless Steel and Titanium Nails for Fixation of Simulated Femoral Fractures. J Pediatr Ortho. 2004 Nov-Dec; 24(6):638-41.

Fricka KB, Mahar AT, Lee SS, Newton PO. Biomechanical analysis of antegrade and retrograde flexible intramedullary nail fixation of pediatric femoral fractures using a synthetic bone model.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2004 Mar-Apr; 24(2):167-71.

Newton PO, Lee SS, Mahar AT, Farnsworth CL, Weinstein CH. Thoracoscopic multilevel anterior instrumented fusion in a goat model. Spine. 2003, Jul 15;28(14):1614-20.

White KK, Lee SS, Cutuk A, Hargens AR, Pedowitz RA. EMG power spectra of intercollegiate athletes and ACL injury risk in females. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003, Mar;35(3):371-6.

Lee SS, Mahar AT, Miesen D, Newton PO. Displaced pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures: biomechanical analysis of percutaneous pinning techniques. J Pediatr Orthop. 2002 Jul-Aug;22(4):440-3.

Newton PO, Fricka KB, Lee SS, Farnsworth CL, Cox TG, Mahar AT. Asymmetrical flexible tethering of spine growth in an immature bovine model. Spine, 2002 Apr 1;27(7):689-93.

Lee SS, Mahar AT, Newton PO. Ender’s nail fixation of pediatric femur fractures: A biomechanical analysis. J Pediatr Ortho, 21(4): 442-5, 2001.

Lee SS, Sartoris DJ. Clinical quiz: Osteochondritis dissecans. Applied Radiology. December: 42-45, 1998.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association

John Muir Medical Center
Sequoia Surgery Center
Brentwood Surgery Center
San Ramon Regional Medical Center

Spine Quality Control Committee, JMMC (2010-present)
Peer Review Chair, Dept of Orthopaedics, JMMC (2009-present)
Quality Control Committee, MOS (2008-present)
EMR Committee, MOS (2009-present)