Nathan Lee, DVM, DACVR-RO
Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Radiation Oncology
On The Job
Dr. Nathan Lee is one of fewer than 100 board-certified veterinary radiation oncology specialists in the world. Dr. Lee came to BluePearl from the University of Tennessee where he was assistant professor of veterinary radiation oncology.
Radiation treatment is used to shrink or eliminate cancerous tumors to extend and provide better quality of life for pets with cancer. Dr. Lee enjoys talking with pet owners, who are often surprised that this highly sophisticated and rapidly advancing treatment modality is available for pets. Another surprise is that, compared to human medicine, animals tolerate veterinary radiation therapy much better and with fewer skin-related side effects than people.
There are frequent advances in the field that keep Dr. Lee intrigued daily. He is especially interested in intensity modulated radiation IMRT and stereotactic radiotherapy SRT. Both of these treatment options focus more precisely on tumor tissue, sparing much more of the normal tissue around tumors, which decreases the chance of side effects following therapy.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Residency, Radiation Oncology, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC
Dr. Lee and his wife, a veterinary pathologist, have one daughter. The family pets run the gamut: Camie, a chocolate lab; Willie, a black wire-haired dachshund; Ellie, a tri-colored, long-haired cat; and Maya, a green parrot, who shuns Dr. Lee in favor of his wife. On days off, Dr. Lee may be on the golf course or in the kitchen, cooking to entertain friends. Rock climbing and yoga are also favorite pastimes.