Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Charles Lee received his Surgical Fellowships from the three prestigious medical institutions of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ireland in 1984. Subsequently, he did his specialized postgraduate fellowship training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the General Hospital Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Departments of Plastic Surgery in Bangour General Hospital in Scotland; Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England.
In 1989, Dr Lee was appointed to establish the first Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. He was also credited to establish the first Burns Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as the main referral centre for acute burns in the state of Sabah.
In 1990, he set up his own private practice as the resident plastic surgeon at Sabah Medical Centre. Dr Lee was elected as Vice-President of the Malaysian Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (MAPACS) in 2003-2005 and continues to be a current member of the association.
In 2008, Dr Lee was awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Award for the highest Thermage user in Malaysia. Dr Lee is also credited as the first plastic surgeon to bring the high-tech EndoVenous Laser Ablation treatment (EVLA) for varicose veins to the state of Sabah in 2010.
In 2011, he was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Good Clinical Practice by the Clinical Research Centre, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He was subsequently appointed as the Principal Investigator for the first clinical trial in Malaysia to determine the efficacy of Autologous Cultured Fibroblast Cells as a treatment for patients with facial contour defects thereby actively contributing to clinical research.