Dr. Richard D. Lee, MD

★★★★☆
  • 605 Cowper St

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  • 650-289-0110

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I could not help but notice the comment below (one of the rare negative ones) about Dr. Lee choosing to belong to MDVIP which charges $1800 a year. What a TINY price to pay to receive the value of an in depth, comprehensive conversation and learning session. I flew to California from Alaska to see Dr. Lee after a recommendation from my parents. Dr. Lee diagnosed a problem 3 other doctors missed, spent 1.5 hours with me, and also included my husband in the conversation when I asked. I am so impressed. He is clearly NOT in this profession primarily for financial gain. My insurance only paid $150 for the visit-- the same they pay for a rushed 15 minute appointment with any other doctor. The $1800 cannot possibly cover his time, staff, continuing education and INSURANCE fees. I am going to join MDVIP. I learned more in one doctor visit than in the last 10 years.

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I could not help but notice the comment below (one of the rare negative ones) about Dr. Lee choosing to belong to MDVIP which charges $1800 a year. What a TINY price to pay to receive the value of an in depth, comprehensive conversation and learning session. I flew to California from Alaska to see Dr. Lee after a recommendation from my parents. Dr. Lee diagnosed a problem 3 other doctors missed, spent 1.5 hours with me, and also included my husband in the conversation when I asked. I am so impressed. He is clearly NOT in this profession primarily for financial gain. My insurance only paid $150 for the visit-- the same they pay for a rushed 15 minute appointment with any other doctor. The $1800 cannot possibly cover his time, staff, continuing education and INSURANCE fees. I am going to join MDVIP. I learned more in one doctor visit than in the last 10 years.

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Dr Lee is an excellent doctor and a very good person. I have never seen a doctor who is outstandingly knowledgeable, thorough, sharp and empathetic. He knew the blood test results even before they were done based on the patients symptoms. He will not rush you like other doctors. He explains the whole theory behind his judgement and convinces the patient rather than giving some standard drugs that most of the doctors do.

He is very understanding at the same time. The first time I met him I had no insurance and he gave me options that minimize my costs and he said I have to pay him less cost for appointment. He said I had deficiency of some mineral even without doing the blood tests which was correct. He is a terrific person.

I have decided to keep him as my general practitioner for the rest of my life.

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★★★★★

Dr Lee is an excellent doctor and a very good person. I have never seen a doctor who is outstandingly knowledgeable, thorough, sharp and empathetic. He knew the blood test results even before they were done based on the patients symptoms. He will not rush you like other doctors. He explains the whole theory behind his judgement and convinces the patient rather than giving some standard drugs that most of the doctors do.

He is very understanding at the same time. The first time I met him I had no insurance and he gave me options that minimize my costs and he said I have to pay him less cost for appointment. He said I had deficiency of some mineral even without doing the blood tests which was correct. He is a terrific person.

I have decided to keep him as my general practitioner for the rest of my life.

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Won't go to anyone else!!
I started seeing Dr. Lee about 2 years ago on the recommendation of a colleague. I have had a history of unlikely symptoms for my young age, and have had absolutely no help from any doctors I've seen at Stanford, PAMF, or Kaiser. Dr. Lee was the first to take a look at my life history and finally give me some answers. For the first time in my life, I feel like I "get it" Not only that, but he is always very calming, and reassuring regardless of my state of mind when I see him. As for the annual fee, it's worth every penny!! I have NEVER had to wait to get into see him. In fact, almost every time I need to get in, regardless of the reason, I get in same day. I just hope he plans on working for the next 50 years or so, as I can't imagine having to go to someone else.

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★★★★★

Won't go to anyone else!!
I started seeing Dr. Lee about 2 years ago on the recommendation of a colleague. I have had a history of unlikely symptoms for my young age, and have had absolutely no help from any doctors I've seen at Stanford, PAMF, or Kaiser. Dr. Lee was the first to take a look at my life history and finally give me some answers. For the first time in my life, I feel like I "get it" Not only that, but he is always very calming, and reassuring regardless of my state of mind when I see him. As for the annual fee, it's worth every penny!! I have NEVER had to wait to get into see him. In fact, almost every time I need to get in, regardless of the reason, I get in same day. I just hope he plans on working for the next 50 years or so, as I can't imagine having to go to someone else.

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Dr. Lee has been my personal care physician since 2000. He was realigned my expectations of health care by being attentive and non-alarming. He always seems to know exactly what the problem is even before the test results. This saves me a lot of money and grief and it is nice to know that he can fix or quickly refer any problem I have. He's awesome!

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★★★★★

Dr. Lee has been my personal care physician since 2000. He was realigned my expectations of health care by being attentive and non-alarming. He always seems to know exactly what the problem is even before the test results. This saves me a lot of money and grief and it is nice to know that he can fix or quickly refer any problem I have. He's awesome!

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I was a patient of Dr. Lee for 12 years, first while he was at Stanford and then in private practice. When I moved from the peninsula up to San Francisco and then to Berkeley I continued to commute to see Dr. Lee. I found Dr. Lee to be the most compassionate, generous, humane, thorough and committed health practitioner I have encountered. He was there for me in a consistent and reliable way and never let ended an appointment until he was sure my concerns had all been addressed. Most valuable in my years with Dr. Lee was the profound peace of mind of knowing I had a doctor who would help me navigate the sometimes frightening and very often confusing process of caring for my health. Despite having had to make the difficult decision to leave Dr. Lee when he converted his practice to MDVIP, I fully support his decision and applaud his commitment to providing quality care. I cannot imagine that it would be possible to maintain a practice providing this level of care with only the compensation provided by insurance. Although I could not afford the annual fee this year, I absolutely believe the annual fee is a fair price for the level of care provided. As soon as I am able to swing it, I will be back with Dr. Lee.

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★★★★★

I was a patient of Dr. Lee for 12 years, first while he was at Stanford and then in private practice. When I moved from the peninsula up to San Francisco and then to Berkeley I continued to commute to see Dr. Lee. I found Dr. Lee to be the most compassionate, generous, humane, thorough and committed health practitioner I have encountered. He was there for me in a consistent and reliable way and never let ended an appointment until he was sure my concerns had all been addressed. Most valuable in my years with Dr. Lee was the profound peace of mind of knowing I had a doctor who would help me navigate the sometimes frightening and very often confusing process of caring for my health. Despite having had to make the difficult decision to leave Dr. Lee when he converted his practice to MDVIP, I fully support his decision and applaud his commitment to providing quality care. I cannot imagine that it would be possible to maintain a practice providing this level of care with only the compensation provided by insurance. Although I could not afford the annual fee this year, I absolutely believe the annual fee is a fair price for the level of care provided. As soon as I am able to swing it, I will be back with Dr. Lee.

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My 79 yr old father followed Dr Lee from Stanford Hospital to his private practice when the doctor started his own business. When Dr Lee joined a program that required an $1800 annual fee, my father had to find a new doctor. It took him a bit longer to do so given his insuarance situation. However, during this time my father ran out of prescription. Dr Lee's office told us that, for legal reasons, he can not order a refill for my father, even though my father depends on his meds and is in poor health. This leaves a really sick feeling to my stomach.

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My 79 yr old father followed Dr Lee from Stanford Hospital to his private practice when the doctor started his own business. When Dr Lee joined a program that required an $1800 annual fee, my father had to find a new doctor. It took him a bit longer to do so given his insuarance situation. However, during this time my father ran out of prescription. Dr Lee's office told us that, for legal reasons, he can not order a refill for my father, even though my father depends on his meds and is in poor health. This leaves a really sick feeling to my stomach.

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I select Richard Lee as as family doctor from a list. What it is terrible is that he would let a new patient to wait for over a month. Even if you beg him, he would not change mind. Now he is asking for $1800 a year member fee in addition to insurance. How greedy is such a doctor. I am sick and need to see doctor. If I switch a doctor right now, I will have to wait for over half a month for the new doctor to be effective according to the insurance policy. I would suggest that Mr. Lee specify the additional requirements in the insurance list so that people like me would not select him as my family phsician.

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I select Richard Lee as as family doctor from a list. What it is terrible is that he would let a new patient to wait for over a month. Even if you beg him, he would not change mind. Now he is asking for $1800 a year member fee in addition to insurance. How greedy is such a doctor. I am sick and need to see doctor. If I switch a doctor right now, I will have to wait for over half a month for the new doctor to be effective according to the insurance policy. I would suggest that Mr. Lee specify the additional requirements in the insurance list so that people like me would not select him as my family phsician.

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In spite of multiple calls to both Dr Lee's office and his direct mail service (MDVIP), I continue to receive unwanted mail solicitations.

Jennifer at MDVIP tells me that they got my name and address from Dr. Lee. Since I never have been a patient of Dr Lee (and certainly don't plan to become one), I can only surmise that he got my personal information from some other source, perhaps a previous employer.

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In spite of multiple calls to both Dr Lee's office and his direct mail service (MDVIP), I continue to receive unwanted mail solicitations.

Jennifer at MDVIP tells me that they got my name and address from Dr. Lee. Since I never have been a patient of Dr Lee (and certainly don't plan to become one), I can only surmise that he got my personal information from some other source, perhaps a previous employer.

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I've been seeing Dr.Lee for over 10 years. I first met him at Stanford Family Practice and I was in pretty bad mental shape through some live events. Dr. Lee was great in calming me down and in trying to get to the bottom of what was going on in my life for before writing prescriptions. He's one of those rare MD's who doesn't treat the patient like a piece of meat, but tries to understand what happening to them in the context of their lives. He is also a really astute diagnostician. I recently came back from a Mexico trip with bug bites and hives. Dr. Lee was able to diagnose the condition and reasoned through the possibilities better than the dermatology experts at Stanford Derm clinic. In short, a great doctor, a terrifc person.

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I've been seeing Dr.Lee for over 10 years. I first met him at Stanford Family Practice and I was in pretty bad mental shape through some live events. Dr. Lee was great in calming me down and in trying to get to the bottom of what was going on in my life for before writing prescriptions. He's one of those rare MD's who doesn't treat the patient like a piece of meat, but tries to understand what happening to them in the context of their lives. He is also a really astute diagnostician. I recently came back from a Mexico trip with bug bites and hives. Dr. Lee was able to diagnose the condition and reasoned through the possibilities better than the dermatology experts at Stanford Derm clinic. In short, a great doctor, a terrifc person.

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I came in person on December 13th and explained that I was in a very bad shape and needed an appointment to at least be referred to blood tests.

The receptionist was very cold and unfriendly.
The only date I was given was - January 9th and thereafter.

I don't know anything about quality of this doctor, but I surely not going to see him when in urgent case his office would schedule an appointment in 4 weeks.

At the minimum he doesn't have time for me.

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I came in person on December 13th and explained that I was in a very bad shape and needed an appointment to at least be referred to blood tests.

The receptionist was very cold and unfriendly.
The only date I was given was - January 9th and thereafter.

I don't know anything about quality of this doctor, but I surely not going to see him when in urgent case his office would schedule an appointment in 4 weeks.

At the minimum he doesn't have time for me.

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Dr. Lee is a warm, non-judgemental, and thoroughly competent physician. He has relieved some problems I've had that other doctors couldn't diagnose. I like his holistic outlook and the fact that he considers all manner of treatment---not just going straight for a prescription drug.

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★★★★★

Dr. Lee is a warm, non-judgemental, and thoroughly competent physician. He has relieved some problems I've had that other doctors couldn't diagnose. I like his holistic outlook and the fact that he considers all manner of treatment---not just going straight for a prescription drug.

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I don't think I've ever written a review for anyone or anything. I am just not the type. But I've been really impressed by Dr. Lee's professionalism, care, and expertiese that I am finding I can't resist doing this: He listens, he treats you like a human being instead of Case # N. He will give you sound advice, but he won't impose his preferences on you. And about not being accessable, my experience was just the opposite: I did not have an appointment, dropped by to get one, and was obviously very sick, when he stepped out of his office, he saw that I needed his attention sooner than later, he didn't hesitate to take me in as soon as he could.
I am so glad that I found him!

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★★★★★

I don't think I've ever written a review for anyone or anything. I am just not the type. But I've been really impressed by Dr. Lee's professionalism, care, and expertiese that I am finding I can't resist doing this: He listens, he treats you like a human being instead of Case # N. He will give you sound advice, but he won't impose his preferences on you. And about not being accessable, my experience was just the opposite: I did not have an appointment, dropped by to get one, and was obviously very sick, when he stepped out of his office, he saw that I needed his attention sooner than later, he didn't hesitate to take me in as soon as he could.
I am so glad that I found him!

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Doctor Lee is the picture of professionalism, care and trust. Not only is he an incredibly skilled western medical physician, he also incorporates a vastly more holistic approach into his practice. On more than one occasion he has not prescribed anything but has instead offered sound advice on what was causing the issue and how to correct that instead. You can tell that he loves his job and really cares about his patients. I would and do recommend him all the time. There is not another more balanced and complete physician in the bay area.

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Doctor Lee is the picture of professionalism, care and trust. Not only is he an incredibly skilled western medical physician, he also incorporates a vastly more holistic approach into his practice. On more than one occasion he has not prescribed anything but has instead offered sound advice on what was causing the issue and how to correct that instead. You can tell that he loves his job and really cares about his patients. I would and do recommend him all the time. There is not another more balanced and complete physician in the bay area.

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I can say first hand that Dr. Lee is an EXCEPTIONAL Doctor who cares greatly about his patients. I want say that Dr. Lee helped me recover from not only a serious lower back injury in 1997, but more recently a Very serious neck/ shoulder injury. He listened to me when nobody else would. My Family and I have been going to see him for approximately 16 years. I would never anywhere else.

Pro's: Listens and cares, goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Con's: None!!!

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★★★★★

I can say first hand that Dr. Lee is an EXCEPTIONAL Doctor who cares greatly about his patients. I want say that Dr. Lee helped me recover from not only a serious lower back injury in 1997, but more recently a Very serious neck/ shoulder injury. He listened to me when nobody else would. My Family and I have been going to see him for approximately 16 years. I would never anywhere else.

Pro's: Listens and cares, goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Con's: None!!!

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I am very impressed with the personal attention I've gotten from Dr Lee. Specifically, everytime I've gone to see him he's always taken the time to ask me general health and lifestyle questions rather than just focusing on the symptoms I've come to complain about. He puts great value on sleep, nutrition, stress and other factors that my other doctors ignored. I greatly appreciate his holistic approach to health.

Recently, I had a sports injury that required a number of stitches. I called Dr Lee's office, not realizing that it was the doctor's day off. Because he happened to be in the office to meet with a vendor, the nurse asked him what I should do. He had me come in and stitched me up in the office on his day off so that I wouldn't have to go to the emergency room and wait all day. Not only was it his day off, but it was also his first week in his new location, so he had to expend additional effort finding the supplies he needed in all of his boxes. I very much appreciate that sort of dedication to his patients.

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★★★★★

I am very impressed with the personal attention I've gotten from Dr Lee. Specifically, everytime I've gone to see him he's always taken the time to ask me general health and lifestyle questions rather than just focusing on the symptoms I've come to complain about. He puts great value on sleep, nutrition, stress and other factors that my other doctors ignored. I greatly appreciate his holistic approach to health.

Recently, I had a sports injury that required a number of stitches. I called Dr Lee's office, not realizing that it was the doctor's day off. Because he happened to be in the office to meet with a vendor, the nurse asked him what I should do. He had me come in and stitched me up in the office on his day off so that I wouldn't have to go to the emergency room and wait all day. Not only was it his day off, but it was also his first week in his new location, so he had to expend additional effort finding the supplies he needed in all of his boxes. I very much appreciate that sort of dedication to his patients.

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Dr. Lee had violated ,my personal privacy. Be careful with your dealings with him. I specifically directed him to not release information about me to my children, but he ingored this directive and released information. He is not an ethical physician. He violated my personal privacy without contacting me. I am seeking legal ramifications.

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Dr. Lee had violated ,my personal privacy. Be careful with your dealings with him. I specifically directed him to not release information about me to my children, but he ingored this directive and released information. He is not an ethical physician. He violated my personal privacy without contacting me. I am seeking legal ramifications.

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Dr. Richard Lee has been my GP since 2002. He completely changed my expectations of doctors by treating me like an intelligent, well-educated, trustworthy adult. He openly discusses each step of his diagnosis and what kind of treatments he recommends, listening to your input the entire time. He's open to treating things your way, and will usually give you a range of options their pros and cons.

Dr. Richard Lee is especially good for Silicon Valley engineer/career types. I've had illnesses which turn out to be typical of computer programmers, which he diagnosed immediately due to his long experience with people just like me. He also has expertise with high performance athletes of all sorts. My first visit, he drew me a picture of how to cut my toenails to minimize problems on 25-mile hikes.

Finally, Dr. Lee is just really smart. He has an eidetic memory, keeps up on the research, and can sort through it all to make a diagnosis in seconds. This is the guy you want working with you on your health.

In contrast to other reviewers, I've found it easier to get an appointment now that Dr. Lee has a private practice, partly because I don't have to fight my way through the Stanford maze of bureaucracy any more.

PROS: Extremely smart, excellent "bedside manner," keeps up on research
CONS: There's only one of him.

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★★★★★

Dr. Richard Lee has been my GP since 2002. He completely changed my expectations of doctors by treating me like an intelligent, well-educated, trustworthy adult. He openly discusses each step of his diagnosis and what kind of treatments he recommends, listening to your input the entire time. He's open to treating things your way, and will usually give you a range of options their pros and cons.

Dr. Richard Lee is especially good for Silicon Valley engineer/career types. I've had illnesses which turn out to be typical of computer programmers, which he diagnosed immediately due to his long experience with people just like me. He also has expertise with high performance athletes of all sorts. My first visit, he drew me a picture of how to cut my toenails to minimize problems on 25-mile hikes.

Finally, Dr. Lee is just really smart. He has an eidetic memory, keeps up on the research, and can sort through it all to make a diagnosis in seconds. This is the guy you want working with you on your health.

In contrast to other reviewers, I've found it easier to get an appointment now that Dr. Lee has a private practice, partly because I don't have to fight my way through the Stanford maze of bureaucracy any more.

PROS: Extremely smart, excellent "bedside manner," keeps up on research
CONS: There's only one of him.

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I have been seeing Dr. Lee for over 10 years. He has not only been a fantastic physician for me, but I have also heard rave reviews from everyone I've referred to him. Interestingly enough, he seems to be a good doctor to each of us for very different reasons. For me, he is really in tune with my life as a working mother of two. For my work colleague, Dr. Lee helps him prepare for his extreme hiking trips (since it turns out Dr. Lee has been on the medical team for at least one ascent attempt on Everest). And yet another friend of mine has a fear of doctors, but is very comfortable with Dr. Lee.

Basically, he takes the time to get to know you and works to make sure the care he provides is tailored to your life and your needs. (He is also one of the best OBGYN's in the area!) I stopped taking my kids to our pediatrician, and they now go see Dr. Lee as well.

He has recently opened up his own private practice in downtown Palo Alto (off of Cowper) and took his nurse with him (Cindy is fantastic too!)

PROS: Provides Excellent Care on a Personal Level
CONS: Since Opening a Private Practice, It Is Difficult to Get a Same-Day Appt

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★★★★★

I have been seeing Dr. Lee for over 10 years. He has not only been a fantastic physician for me, but I have also heard rave reviews from everyone I've referred to him. Interestingly enough, he seems to be a good doctor to each of us for very different reasons. For me, he is really in tune with my life as a working mother of two. For my work colleague, Dr. Lee helps him prepare for his extreme hiking trips (since it turns out Dr. Lee has been on the medical team for at least one ascent attempt on Everest). And yet another friend of mine has a fear of doctors, but is very comfortable with Dr. Lee.

Basically, he takes the time to get to know you and works to make sure the care he provides is tailored to your life and your needs. (He is also one of the best OBGYN's in the area!) I stopped taking my kids to our pediatrician, and they now go see Dr. Lee as well.

He has recently opened up his own private practice in downtown Palo Alto (off of Cowper) and took his nurse with him (Cindy is fantastic too!)

PROS: Provides Excellent Care on a Personal Level
CONS: Since Opening a Private Practice, It Is Difficult to Get a Same-Day Appt

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