Sang Hun Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Director, Complex Cervical Spine and Spine Tumor Surgery, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English, Korean


Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Bone Sarcoma, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spine Trauma, Chordomas, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Deformity Spine Surgery, Degenerative Spine Disease, Giant Cell Tumor, Hemangiomas, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Metastatic Bone Disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Pain, Orthopedic Surgery, Osteoblastoma, Osteosarcoma, Sarcoma, Sarcoma and Musculoskeletal Tumors, Spinal Tumors, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors more

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Howard County

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
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Columbia, MD 21044
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Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
4924 Campbell Boulevard
Suite 130
Nottingham, MD 21236
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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Sang Hun Lee, M.D., Ph.D, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with expertise in complex cervical spine (neck) and spine tumor surgery. Dr. Lee specializes in the latest orthopaedic and neurosurgical techniques in cervical spine degenerative disc disease, cervical spine minimally invasive procedures, cervical spine deformities, cervical spinal reconstruction, and management of spinal tumors (primary and metastatic spine tumors). 

Dr. Lee is also performing endoscopic spine surgeries, which is the most technically advanced minimally invasive spine surgery for cervical and lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis using uniportal or biportal endoscopic procedures. 

Dr. Lee was a Full Professor and taught numerous residents and fellows in South Korea from 1999 to 2015, and he became a renowned cervical spine expert in the Asia-Pacific region. As a founding member of Korean and Asian Pacific Cervical Spine, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Spinal Tumor Research Societies, Dr. Lee has been a key speaker and thought leader at numerous international spine meetings. He has also been invited to visit and operate with leading spine surgeons in the U.S., Japan and around the world.

Dr. Lee regularly teaches other surgeons at national and international meetings on safety and efficiency when performing cervical spine surgery, the latest techniques in the field and strategies for complication avoidance. He has been on the faculty at the Cervical Spine Research Society meetings and the instructional courses. 

Dr. Lee is an international expert on diagnosis, nonsurgical and surgical treatment of cervical spine conditions and spine tumors. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and articles on diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions. His work has resulted in numerous research awards and podium presentations. 

Dr. Lee completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the prestigious Kyung Hee University, School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and spine fellowship at Kyung Hee University hospital in Seoul, one of the most prestigious programs in Asia. Dr. Lee also pursued advanced spinal tumor and neurosurgical oncology training at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he worked with world-experts on complex spinal tumor reconstructive surgery. more


  • Director, Complex Cervical Spine and Spine Tumor Surgery, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Chief, Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • MD; Kyunghee University College of Medicine (1994)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Kyunghee University Medical Center (1999)


  • Spinal Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2018)
  • Spinal Surgery; Kyunghee University Medical Center (2002)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Khuyagbaatar B, Kim K, Purevsuren T, Lee SH, Kim YH Biomechanical Effects on Cervical Spinal Cord and Nerve Root Following Laminoplasty for Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in the Cervical Spine: A Comparison Between Open-Door and Double-Door Laminoplasty Using Finite Element Analysis. J Biomech Eng. 2018 Jul 1;140(7). doi: 10.1115/1.4039826.

Tauchi R, Lee SH, Kim JY, Kim YC, Peters C, Imagama S, Ishiguro N, Buchowski J, Riew KD. Postoperative severe headache following cervical posterior surgical fixation from C2 distally. Asian Spine J 2016;10(4):728-33

Lee SH, Kim KT, Lee JH, Kang KC, Jang SJ, Hwang SP, Yoon KT. 540° Cervical realignment procedure for extensive cervical OPLL with kyphotic deformity. Spine 2016;41(24):1876-83

Tauchi R, Lee SH, Peters C, Imagama S, Ishiguro N, Riew KD. Cervical myeloradiculopathy due to ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament with versus without diffuse idiopathic spinal hyperostosis. Global Spine J. 2016;6(4):350-6

Lee SH, Park DH, Kim MH, Huh DS, Kang KC, Lee JH, Suk KS, Kim KT. Assessment of the C1 lateral mass screw trajectory and position using plain radiographs: A comparison with computed tomography. Clin Spine Surg. 2016;29(3):E112-9

Activities & Honors


  • North American Spine Society, 2005
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 2007
  • Korean Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Transplantation, 2003
  • Pacific-Asian Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2003
  • Korean Society of Spine Surgery, 1999

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