Dr. Wonhee Lee

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Dr. "Alan" Wonhee Lee received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. During his senior year, he was elected to the Honors Program and received the Empire State Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Award. 

His interest in preserving natural dentition led him to the school of Dentistry at Marquette University, where he completed his endodontic specialty training. At Marquette, Dr. Lee also earned a Master of Science degree and was awarded the Advanced Dental Specialist Graduate Residency Endowed Scholarship and Post-Graduate Scholarship Awards. 

Dr. Lee has since served as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Endodontics Department at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and practiced in a multi-specialty clinic in Twin Cities, MN until he joined Drs. Jong and Mischenko in 2018. 

Dr. Lee's research has been presented at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting and published in the International Endodontic Journal, Journal of Virology, and the Journal of Immunology. He has also spoken at various CE courses.

Dr. Lee is a Specialist Member of the American Association of Endodontists and a member of the American Dental Association and District of Columbia Dental Society.

Dr. Lee’s highest priority is providing quality clinical care for his patients using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tools available, including, but not limited to, GentleWave, ConeBeam CT and microscopes. 

On a personal note, Dr. Lee enjoys playing chess and soccer and follows the news on cars and technology. Dr. Lee and his wife, Katherine, live in McLean, VA.

Publications:

Lee W, Stover S, Rasoulianboroujeni M, Sherman K, Fahimipour F, Dashtimoghadam E, Zito C, Jazayeri HE, Tayebi L. The efficacy of commercial tooth storage media for maintaining the viability of human periodontal ligament fibroblasts. Int Endod J. 2018 Jan;51(1):58-68. doi: 10.1111/iej.12798.

Sacha JB, Reynolds MR, Buechler MB, Chung C, Jonas AK, Wallace LT, Weiler AM, Lee W, Piaskowski SM, Soma T, Friedrich TC, Wilson NA, Watkins DI. Differential antigen presentation kinetics of CD8+ T-cell epitopes derived from the same viralprotein. J Virol. 2008 Sep;82(18):9293-8. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00749-08. Epub 2008 Jul 2.

Sacha JB, Chung C, Reed J, Jonas AK, Bean AT, Spencer SP, Lee W, Vojnov L, Rudersdorf R, Friedrich TC, Wilson NA, Lifson JD, Watkins DI. Pol-specific CD8+ T cells recognize simian immunodeficiency virus-infected cells prior to Nef-mediated major histocompatibility complex class I downregulation. J Virol. 2007 Nov;81(21):11703-12. Epub 2007 Aug 15.

Sacha JB, Chung C, Rakasz EG, Spencer SP, Jonas AK, Bean AT, Lee W, Burwitz BJ, Stephany JJ, Loffredo JT, Allison DB, Adnan S, Hoji A, Wilson NA, Friedrich TC, Lifson JD, Yang OO, Watkins DI. Gag-specific CD8+ T lymphocytes recognize infected cells before AIDS-virus integration and viral protein expression. J Immunol. 2007 Mar 1;178(5):2746-54.

Chung C, Lee W, Loffredo JT, Burwitz B, Friedrich TC, Giraldo Vela JP, Napoe G, Rakasz EG, Wilson NA, Allison DB, Watkins DI. Not all cytokine-producing CD8+ T cells suppress simian immunodeficiency virus replication. J Virol. 2007 Feb;81(3):1517-23. Epub 2006 Nov 29.

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Awards:

America’s Best Dentists 2019 • Mar 2019 • National Consumer Advisory Board

Advanced dental specialists graduate residency endowed scholarship • Nov 2015 • Marquette University School of Dentistry • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Post-graduate scholarship awards • JUL 2015 • Marquette University School of Dentistry • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Empire State Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Award for Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry • JUN 2014 • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine • New York, New York


Reviews:

“Dr. Alan Wonhee Lee is an amazing dentist and compassionate human being! I spoke to Melissa Casey, the kind and efficient receptionist, on Christmas Eve. I asked her if I could speak to Dr. Lee about ongoing pain following a root canal done by another dentist. Dr. Lee took 10 minutes of his time to talk to me even though I had never been his patient. He explained that the root canal probably caused trauma to a nerve trunk, which is why I am suffering nearly a month after the root canal, and referred me to an Orofacial doctor who can help. Compassion from a wonderful doctor on Christmas Eve- this is what Christmas is supposed to be all about.”

—Andrea B.


“Dr. Lee once treated my husband when he was having severe pain in his teeth, but wasn't sure what was going on. He found out what the problem was right away with care and provided him with detailed advice and suggestions. I feel like Dr. Lee sincerely cares about his patients and knows what he is doing! I highly recommend him to everyone!”

—Mina S.


“Very nice and very professional. He made root canal experience pleasant as it could be. Definitely willing to visit this place again because of Dr.Lee.  Highly recommend him!”

—H.C.


“I saw Dr. Wonhee Alan Lee because I was in a lot of pain from a crown I had in my molar tooth. Dr. Lee saw me within 24 hours of calling the practice and proceeded to diagnose my symptoms. I was really impressed with the way he approached the situation-- he was more concerned for my current condition, and also recommended NOT to treat one of the teeth that my dentist said needed to be treated. He treated just one tooth and I recovered quickly and haven't had an issue since.” 

— Richard


“I would absolutely recommend Dr. Lee to my family and friends. He was able to treat me over on a weekend and was SUPER attentive to my needs. He was very patient, precise, and called/texted with me multiple times afterwards to ask if I was doing OK. When I mentioned I had pain, he connected with me over the phone to understand my concerns and recommended a treatment plan. I returned to his office on the next week and he took a ton of time to make sure I was doing well.”

—Tailor S.


“Dr. Lee rushed into the clinic on a Saturday morning and opened the clinic JUST to treat me when I was in pain. He was very thoughtful and careful in his treatment, and made sure I felt comfortable throughout the entire procedure. I could tell Dr. Lee really cared about ensuring his patients were out of pain, he called and texted with me several times after my treatment to make sure I was doing well (Even on Sunday). I would recommend Dr. Lee to any of my friends and family members. It is rare to meet doctors that are truly dedicated to making their patients feel assured. He has their best interests at heart and seeing him once will make you realize that.” 

— Mimi K.


Dr. Lee is fantastic! I have to leave this review because after treating me and getting me out of pain, he took my texts and calls over the weekend because I still had some swelling. He asked me to come back to the clinic for a follow up appt., and he ensured everything was OK and spent almost an hour with me because I had so many questions. He is super patient and explains everything slowly, and is extremely knowledgeable. I am so thankful for him saving my tooth instead of just pulling it

— Amber


I just moved to Betheda couple months ago and needed to establish myself with a local dentist. Searching for a good local dentist was always hard work for me because I got ripped off by dental treatment before. 

My coworker recommended Dr.Lee and I have seen several dentists and have had good experiences, but I need to say that my experience with Dr.Lee is without a doubt the best I've ever had. He is all about patient care and customer service. I felt like I was under their care from the moment I walked in the door. I was deathly afraid of root canal but he made me feel so comfortable and he did great job! 

Also, he wasn't trying to rip me off with treatment. I will be referring all my friends and family in town to Dr.Lee

— Jenna K.

“Dr. Lee truly cares about his patients-- DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!!”