Dr Fred Lee, 1930 – 2016
PAACT mourns the loss of Dr Fred Lee, the Father of color Doppler ultrasound for prostate, and a pioneer in cryotherapy in the USA. He was a true advocate at heart, and helped hundreds of patients in his clinic in Rochester, Michigan.
Dr Lee often joked that his close friend Dr Duke Bahn was his student, but also became his teacher. Duke Bahn remembers Fred Lee with the same fondness, stating that “Dr. Fred Lee was a true humanist with virtue. His remarkable contribution to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment can’t be properly described in a short sentence.
He had been a close friend and a contributor to PAACT since its inception. He touched many lives with love and compassion. His incredibly wonderful spirit will be in their hearts and minds forever.
I have been extremely blessed to know Fred as a mentor, colleague, and more importantly a good friend. We lost a big star in prostate community. I will miss him dearly.”
PAACT President Rick Profit also remembers Dr Lee – “I first met Dr Lee shortly after I began working at PAACT in October of 2000, a meeting which blossomed into a friendship, personal and professional. Often I would personally take patients to Dr. Lee’s office to have him perform his magic with the color Doppler ultrasound to determine if there was evidence of prostate cancer, which would usually result in a targeted biopsy. Dr. Lee was always a patient’s doctor, his patients always came first regardless of cost or the ability to pay. To the best of my knowledge, every man I ever took to Dr. Lee for CD-TRUS benefited greatly from the care, attention, and expertise of his diagnostic skills – and his generosity to see these men at NO CHARGE. As a bonus of seeing me, he would never let me leave without a complimentary look at my prostate as well. Dr. Lee was a great friend and will truly be missed, not only by me, but by so many more as well. You will be missed, but never forgotten, my dear friend.”
A Memorial Service honoring Dr Lee’s life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 20th at the
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor ((4001 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Any questions can be directed to the church
(734) 666-6158. The service is open to the public.
If you would like to leave comments for his family, you can sign Dr Lee’s memorial guestbook here.
RIP, wonderful Dr Lee.