Dale Young Lee, MD, MSCE

Dale Young Lee, MD, MSCE

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

On staff since August 2014

Children's Title: Director of the Celiac Disease Program

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a specialist in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, I care for a broad variety of conditions impacting the GI tract and the bodys ability to digest foods. Medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease can be intimidating, but it is my privilege to come alongside patients and their families as we develop a comprehensive treatment plan and work towards getting back to good health. My particular area of expertise and research experience is in the role of diet in disease. This includes the thoughtful use of dietary therapy and studying the role of food additives in inflammatory bowel disease. I am a strong believer that diet plays a fundamental role in health and can be utilized as part of the therapeutic plan for many GI tract conditions. My goal is to help children achieve their potential and not be limited by their medical conditions."

  • Dale Lee, MD, MSCE is a member of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology program at Seattle Childrens Hospital. He grew up in Oregon but left the Pacific Northwest for many years before returning to Seattle. After graduating magna cum laude from Rice University in Houston, he earned a medical doctorate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed specialty training in pediatrics at the Childrens Medical Center of Dallas and was selected Chief Resident. Dr. Lee completed dual fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology and also Nutrition at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. He also obtained a masters degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and part of the team at Seattle Childrens Hospital. He is co-chair of the Seattle Childrens Nutrition Committee and director of the Celiac Disease Program.

    • meghan Newcastle, wa 03.14.16

      I would highly recommend Dr. Lee! He was extremely patient and really listened to my son and I. He explained everything very well and had excellent bed side manor. Dr. Lee genuinely cares about his patients, he went above and beyond to make sure my son is properly diagnosed and treated!

    • Eric New York, NY 04.27.15

      Dr. Lee is an exceptional human being and excellent doctor. Before he arrived in Seattle, while in advanced training in Philadelphia, Dr. Lee took care of our son and helped save his life. Our boy has very early onset IBD and was very, very ill with a complex disease. Dr. Lee was the point man for our family and was always available, always calm and kind, always gentle but candid, and always accurate in his evaluation. We can't say enough good things about Dr. Lee. The children of Seattle are very fortunate to this fine man.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Clinical Research Award "Response to enteral nutritional therapy versus anti-TNFs in pediatric Crohn's disease" The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Research Poster Day 2013
    Endoscopy Research Award North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition 2012
    T-32 Training Grant National Institute of Health 2011 - 2013
    Resident Teaching Award Single peer-selected third year resident award Children's Medical Center Dallas 2009
    Award for Clinical Excellence Single peer-selected second year resident award Children's Medical Center Dallas 2008
    • Scott FI, Vajravelu R, Bewtra M, Mamtani R, Lee D, Goldberg D, Lewis JD
      The Benefit to Risk Balance of Combining Infliximab with Azathioprine Varies With Age: A Markov Model.
      25117775 Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association , 2014 Aug. 9
    • Avitabile CM, Leonard MB, Zemel BS, Brodsky JL, Lee D, Dodds K, Hayden-Rush C, Whitehead KK, Goldmuntz E, Paridon SM, Rychik J, Goldberg DJ
      Lean mass deficits, vitamin D status and exercise capacity in children and young adults after Fontan palliation.
      24973081 Heart (British Cardiac Society) , 2014 June 27
    • Enestvedt BK, Tofani C, Lee DY, Abraham M, Shah P, Chandrasekhara V, Ginsberg GG, Long W, Ahmad N, Jaffe DL, Mamula P, Kochman ML
      Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in the pediatric population is safe and efficacious.
      23760230 Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2013 Nov. : 57(5)649-54
    • Hou JK, Lee D, Lewis J
      Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Review of Patient-Targeted Recommendations.
      24107394 Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association , 2013 Oct. 6 PMCID: PMC4021001
    • Cohen AB, Lee D, Long MD, Kappelman MD, Martin CF, Sandler RS, Lewis JD
      Dietary patterns and self-reported associations of diet with symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
      22923336 Digestive diseases and sciences , 2013 May : 58(5)1322-8 PMCID: PMC3552110
    • Lee D, Mamula P
      What is the role of capsule endoscopy in pediatrics and what are some new or emerging endoscopic innovations?
      Curbside Consultation in Pediatric GI , 2013
    • Lee D, Cerri RW
      5 Minute Pediatric Consult, 6th Edition , 2012
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Fad or Fiction: Case Based Discussion on Alternative Diets North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition annual meeting 2014 Atlanta, Georgia 2014
    FODMAPs: Will it revolutionize our approach to digestive disease? Seattle Children's Hospital 6th Annual Nutrition Symposium Seattle, Washington 2014
    Effectiveness of nutritional and anti-TNF therapy in North American children with active Crohn's disease International Symposium on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Rotterdam, Netherlands 2014
    Physiologic and environmental cues for hunger and satiety Nutrition Grand Rounds: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2013
    The Association of Diet and Exercise with Body Composition in Pediatric Crohn's Disease Digestive Diseases Week Orlando, FL 2013
    Pediatric Crohn's disease- The role of nutrition in treatment and growth Nutrition Grand Rounds: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2011


Medical/Professional School

UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Epidemiology


Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas


Pediatric Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Pediatric Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Clinical Interests

Inflammatory bowel disease, nutritional support, celiac disease

Research Description

Nutrition, growth, and body composition in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease.