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Christopher M. Lee, MD is a Spokane, WA radiation oncologist cancer treatment doctor.

Christopher M. Lee, MD

Cancer Care Northwest - Downtown PET/CT Center

910 W. 5th Ave.
Suites 102 & 130
Spokane, WA 99204
P: (509) 228-1532
F: (509) 252-9300

Cancer Care Northwest- Valley Cancer Center

1204 N. Vercler Road
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
P: (509) 228-1000
F: (509) 252-9337

Philosophy of Care

At Cancer Care Northwest, our primary goal is to tailor treatment to each individual with the most advanced cancer therapies and cutting-edge technology.

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Overview

Gender

Male

Other Languages

German

Licenses

  • Idaho
  • Washington

Education

Medical School

Saint Louis University - Saint Louis, MO

Internship

St. John's Mercy Medical Center - Saint Louis, MO

Residency

Radiation Oncology; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT

Achievements

Awards & Achievements

  • 2009-present: “Best Doctors in America” Award
  • 2008: Radiation Oncology National Treatment Pathway Award
  • 2006: RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award
  • 2004: Oncura Fellowship, Seattle Prostate Cancer Institute
  • 2003: Beckstrand National Cancer Fighter Resident Scholarship
  • 2001: Physician Distinction in Research Award, Saint Louis University
  • 1999: 3rd Place, 34th Annual AOA Student Research Forum, Saint Louis University
  • 1998: Summer Research Fellowship, Head and Neck Oncology, Saint Louis University
  • 1996: Summer Research Fellowship in Circadian Medicine, Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 1996: Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Biochemistry, Brigham Young University
  • 1994-1997: Academic Tuition Scholarship, Brigham Young University

Publications

Elaimy AL, Mackay AR, Lamoreaux WT, Demakas JJ, Fairbanks RK, Cooke BS, Lamm AF, Lee CM. Clinical Outcomes of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the Salvage Treatment of Patients with Recurrent High-Grade Glioma. World Neurosurg. 2013 Feb 8. Doi:pii: S 1878-8750(13)00295-7. 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.02.030.[Epub ahead of print]

Elaimy AL, Thumma SR, Lamm AF, Mackay AR, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Long-Term survival in a patient with multiple brain metastases from small-cell lung cancer treated with gamma knife radiosurgery on four occasions: a case report. Case Rep Neurol Med. 2012;2012:276189.doi: 10.1155/2012/276189. Epub 2012 Oct 4.

Lamm AF, Elaimy Al, Mackay AR, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM, Taylor BS, Lamoreaux WT. :Long-Term Survival of a Patient with Brainstem and Recurrent Brain Metastasis from Stage IV Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Multiple Gamma Knife Radiosurgeries and Craniotomies: A Case Report and Review of the Literture. Case Rep Oncol Med.2012;2012:621641.doi: 10.1155/2012/621641. Epub 2012 Sep 29.

Hanson PW, Elaimy AL, Lamoreaux WT, Demakas JJ, Fairbanks RK, Mackay AR, Cooke BS, Thumma SR, Lee CM. A concise review of the efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery in the management of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma brain metastases. World J Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug 29;10(1):176. [Epub ahead of print]

Jones G, Arthurs B, Kaya H, Macdonald K, Qin R, Fairbanks RK, Lamoreaux WT, Jawed I, Tward JD, Martincic D, Shivnani AT, Lee CM. Overall Survival Analysis of Adjuvant Radiation Versus Observation in Stage I Testicular Seminoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Analysis. Am J Clin Oncol. 2012 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Thumma SR, Fairbanks RK, Lamoreaux WT, Mackay AR, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Elaimy AL, Hanson PW, Lee CM. Effect of pretreatment clinical factors on overall survival in glioblastoma multiforme: a Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) population analysis. World J Surg Oncol. 2012 May 3;10(1):75 [Epub ahead of print]

Thumma SR, Elaimy Al, Daines N, Mackay AR, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Long-term survival after gamma knife radiosurgery in a case of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme: a case report and review of the literature. Case report Med. 2012;2012:545492. Epub 2012 Apr 4

Elaimy AL, Hanson PW, Lamoreaux WT, Mackay AR, Demakas JJ, Fairbanks RK, Cooke BS, Thumma SR, Lee CM. Clinical outcomes of gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of patients with trigeminal neuralgia. Int J Otolaryngol. 2012;2012:919186. Epub 2011 Oct 25.

Kaya H, Peressini B, Jawed I, Martincic D, Elaimy AL, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Weeks KA, Lee CM. Impact of age, race and decade of treatment on overall survival in a critical population analysis of 40,000 mulitple myeloma patients. Int J Hematol. 2012 Jan;95(1):64-70. Epub 2011 Dec 9.

Jiang HZ, Elaimy AL, Jones GC, Mackay AR, Fairbanks RK, Lamoreaux WT, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Olfactory neuroblastoma treated by endoscopic surgery followed by combined external beam radiation and gamma knife for optic nerve and chiasm sparing: a case report. Case Report Med. 2011;2011:765645. Epub 2011 Nov 9.

Jones GC, Elaimy AL, Demakas JJ, Jiang H, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Mackay AR, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Feasibility of multiple repeat gamma knife radiosurgeries for trigeminal neuralgia: a case report and review of the literature. Case report Med. 2011;2011:258910. Epub 2011 Sep 4

Elaimy AL, Mackay AR, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Peressini BJ, Holbrook JT, Lee CM. Multimodality treatment of brain metastases: An institutional survival analysis of 275 patients. World J Surg. Oncology. 2011 July 5;9:69.

Elaimy AL, Mackay AR, Lamoreaux WT, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Clinical outcomes of stereotactic radiosurgery in the treatment of patients with metastatic brain tumors. World Neurosurgery. 2011 May-Jun;75(5-6):673-83. Review

Arthurs BJ, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Lamoreaux WT, Giddings NA, Mackay AR, Cooke BS, Elaimy AL, Lee CM. A review of treatment modalities for vestibular Schwannoma. Neurosurgery Rev. 2011 Jul;34(3):265-77; discussion 277-9. Epub 2011 Feb. 9. Review.

Vern-Gross TZ, Shivnani AT, Lee CM, Chen K, Tward JD, MacDonald OK, Crane CH, Talamonti MS, Munoz LL, Small W jr. Survival outcomes in resected extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: effect of adjuvant radiotherapy in a surveillance, epidemiology and end results analysis. International Journal radiation Oncology Biol Phys. 2011 Sept 1;81(1): 189-98. Epub 2010 Oct 23.

Crosby MA, Tward JD, Szabo A, Lee CM, Gaffney DK. Does Brachytherapy improve survival in addition to External Beam Therapy in Patients With High Risk Stage I and II Endometrial Carcinoma? American Journal of Clinical Oncology. 4:33 (2010): 364-369.

Elaimy AL, Demakas JJ, Arthurs BJ, Cooke BS, Fairbanks RK, Lamoreaux WT, Mackay AR, Greeley DR, Lee CM. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Essential Tremor. A Case Report and Review of Literature. World Journal of Surgical Oncology. 8:20 (2010): 1-7.

Arthurs BJ, Lamoreaux WT, Mackay AR, Demakas JJ, Giddings NA, Fairbanks RK, Cooke BS, Elaimy Al, Peressini B, Lee CM. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannomas: Tumor Control and Functional Preservation in 70 Patients. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. (2010)

Elaimy AL, Demakas JJ, Arthurs BJ, Cooke BS, Fairbanks RK, Lamoreaux WT, Mackay AR, Greeley DR, Lee CM. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Movement Disorders: A Concise Review of the Literature. World Journal of Surgical Oncology 8:61 (2010): 1-5.

Arthurs BJ, Fairbanks RK, Demakas JJ, Lamoreaux WT, Giddings NA, Mackay AR, Cooke BS, Elaimy AL, Lee CM. A Review of Treatment Modalities for Vestibular Schwannoma. In Press.

Capua CJ, Hopson NP, Stewart CM, Johnston GR, O’Neill KL, Schaalje GB, Lee CM, Booth GM. Cytotoxity of Atriplex Confertifolia. Journal of Toxicology. (2010):1-7.

Macdonald OK, and Lee CM. Radiotherapy for Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 21 (2009): 121-128.

Macdonald OK, Chen J, Dodson M, Lee CM, Gaffney DK. Prognostic significance of histology and positive lymph nodes in carcinoma of the cervix following radical hysterectomy. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. 32:4 (2009): 411-416.

Arthurs BJ, Lamoreaux WT, Giddings NA, Fairbanks RK, Mackay AR, Demakas JJ, Cooke BS, Lee CM. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannoma. Case Report and Review of the Literature. World Journal of Surgical Oncology. 7:100 (2009): 1-6.

Fuhrman CB, Kilgore J., Lacoursiere YD, Lee CM, Milash BA, Soisson AP, Zempolich KA. Radiosensitization of Cervical Cancer Cells via Double-Strand DNA Break Repair Inhibition. Gynecologic Oncology. 110 (2008): 93-98.

Skidmore TB, Lee CM, Abbott TM, Wiggins RH, Anderson GE, Tward JD, Macdonald OK, Hitchcock Y. Progressive bone loss in Gorham’s Disease (Massive Osteolysis) of the mandible: A review of radiographic findings and response to radiotherapy treatment. Ear Nose Throat Journal. 6 (2008): 4-7.

Lee CM, Szabo A, Shrieve DC, Macdonald OK, Tward JD, Skidmore TB, Gaffney DK. Descriptive nomograms of adjuvant radiotherapy use and patterns of care analysis for stage I and II endometrial adenocarcinoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) population study. CANCER. 110:9 Nov (2007): 2092-2100.

Smith DC, Macdonald OK, Lee CM, Gaffney DK. Survival Impact of Lymph Node dissection in Endometrial Adenocarcinoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Analysis. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer (2007): 1-7.

Vudarla N, Kaya H, Macdonald OK, Tward JD, Jawed JD, Martincic D, Gaffney DK, Shivnani AT, Odom-Maryon TL, Lee CM. Survival and Secondary Malignancy Rates for Adjuvant Radiation Versus Observation in Stage I Testicular Seminoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Analysis. Manuscript in progress.

Barney BM, Macdonald OK, Lee CM, Rankin J, Gaffney DK. An analysis of simulation for adjuvant intracavitary high-dose-rate brachytherapy in early stage endometrial cancer. Brachytherapy. 6 (2007): 201-206.
Macdonald OK, Lee RJ, Snow G, Lee CM, Tward JD, Sause WT. Prostate-specific antigen control with low-dose adjuvant radiotherapy for high-risk prostate cancer. Urology 69.2 (2007): 295-299.

Tward JD, Lee CM, Pappas LM, Szabo A, Gaffney DK, Shrieve DC. Survival of men with clinically localized prostate cancer treated with prostatectomy, brachytherapy, or no definitive treatment: impact of age at diagnosis. Cancer 107.10 (2006): 2393-2400.

Macdonald OK, Lee CM, Tward JD, Szabo A, Chappel C, Gaffney DK. Malignant phyllodes tumor of the female breast: the association of primary therapy with cause-specific survival from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Cancer 107.9 (2006): 2127-2133.

Macdonald OK, Sause WT, Lee RJ, Lee CM, Dodson MK, Zempolich K, Gaffney DK. Adjuvant radiotherapy confers a survival benefit in a cohort of 608 women with early-stage endometrial cancer. Gynecologic Oncology. 103( 2006): 661-666.

Lee CM, Szabo A, Shrieve DC, Macdonald OK, Gaffney DK. Review: Frequency and effect of adjuvant radiation therapy among women with stage I endometrial adenocarcinoma. American Journal of Hematology/Oncology. 5:7 (2006):417-420.

Lee CM, Szabo A, Shrieve DC, Macdonald OK, Gaffney DK. Frequency and effect of adjuvant radiation therapy among women with stage I endometrial adenocarcinoma. JAMA. 29:.4 ( 2006): 389-397.

Lee CM, Fuhrman CB, Planelles V, Peltier MR, Gaffney DK, Soisson AP, Dodson MK, Tolley HD, Greene CL, Zempolich KA. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibition by LY294002 radiosensitizes human cervical cancer cell lines. Clinical Cancer Research. 12:1 ( 2006): 250-256.

Chapek J, Tobler M, Toy BJ, Lee CM, Leavitt DD. Optimization of collimator parameters to reduce rectal dose in intensity modulated prostate treatment planning. Medical Dosimetry 30:4 (2005): 205-212.

Lee CM, Shrieve DC, Zempolich KA, Lee RJ, Handrahan DL, Hammond E, Gaffney DK. Correlation between epidermal growth factor receptor family (EGFR, HER2, HER3, HER4), phosphorylated Akt (P-Akt) and clinical outcomes after radiation therapy in carcinoma of the cervix. Gynecologic Oncology. 99(2005): 415-421.

Lee CM, Watson GA, Leavitt DD. Dynamic collimator optimization versus fixed collimator angle in arc-based stereotactic radiotherapy: A dosimetric analysis. Neurosurg Focus. 19:1 ( 2005): 1.5.

Lee CM, Hayostek CJ, Abbott TM, Hathaway PB, Watson GA. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma with axillary nodal involvement as a component of failure following chemoradiotherapy. Ear Nose Throat Journal. 84:3 Mar (2005):159-160, 162.

Lee CM, Salzman KL, Blumenthal DT, and Gaffney DK. Intracranial extramedullary hematopoiesis: a brief review of response to radiation therapy. American Journal of Hematology. 78 ( 2005): 151-152.

Lee CM, Lee RJ, Handrahan DL, Sause WT. Comparison of late rectal toxicity from conventional versus 3-D conformal radiotherapy for prostate cancer: Analysis of clinical and dosimetric factors. Urology. 65:1 Jan ( 2005): 114-119.

Stack BJ Jr., Hollenbeak CS, Lee CM, Dunphy FR, Lowe VJ, Hamilton PD. Metallopanstimulin as a marker for head and neck cancer. World Journal of Surgical Oncology. 45:2 Dec. (2004): 1-9.

Lee CM, Lee RJ, Hammond E, Tsodikov A, Dodson M, Zempolich K, Gaffney DK. Expression of HER2neu (c-erbB-2) and epidermal growth factor receptor in cervical cancer: prognostic correlation with clinical characteristics, and comparison of manual and automated imaging analysis. Gynecologic Oncology. 93 (2004): 209-14.

Lee CM, Shrieve DC, and Gaffney DK. Rapid involution and mobility of carcinoma of the cervix. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. 58:2 (2004): 625-30.

Gaffney DK, Lee CM, Leavitt DD, Shrieve DC, Stewart JR. Electron arc irradiation of the postmastectomy chest wall in locally recurrent and metastatic breast cancer. American Journal of Clinic Oncology. 26:3 (2003): 241-246.

Stack BC, Jr., Dalsaso TA, Lee CM, Fernandez-Pol JA, et. al. Overexpression of MPS antigens by squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck: immunohistochemical and serological correlation with FDG positron emission tomography. Anticancer Research. 19 ( 1999): 5503 10.

Professional Organizations

  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology

Interests

Community

  • Volunteer service for church
  • Volunteer leader for Boy Scouts of America

Medical Interests

Dr. Lee has actively pursued both basic science and clinical research throughout his career. He continues to be a proliferative author of scientific papers and regularly gives presentations on radiotherapy technique and the use of targeted radiation in the care of patients with head and neck (throat), brain, breast, gynecologic and prostate malignancies.

Personal Interests

  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Camping
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