Frances Lee, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
General Surgery

    About me

    Dr. Frances T. Lee is a board-certified general and endocrine surgeon in the Department of General Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her professional interests and expertise include the surgical treatment of endocrine diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

    Dr. Lee is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES). After completing her general surgery training at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, she completed an AAES-accredited fellowship in endocrine surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    Dr. Lee strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based, surgical care to patients of Springfield and central Illinois. She is highly trained in minimally invasive and advanced surgical endocrine techniques, including transoral thyroidectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, intraoperative nerve and PTH monitoring, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy, and minimally invasive adrenalectomy. Additionally, she is passionate about medical student and resident education and is active in clinical research.

    See all of the treatments Dr. Lee performs below:  

    • Adrenal and Pituitary Disease
    • Adrenal Cancer
    • Adrenal Gland Disorders
    • Adrenal Incidentaloma
    • Adrenal Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Adrenal Mass
    • Adrenal Surgery
    • Adrenal Tumor
    • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)
    • Cushing's Syndrome
    • Endocrine Cancer
    • Endocrine Disorders
    • Endocrine Surgery
    • Endocrine Tumor
    • Goiter
    • Graves' Disease
    • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    • Hyperaldosteronism
    • Hyperparathyroidism
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC)
    • Men 1 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1)
    • Men 2 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2)
    • Metastasis to Adrenal Gland
    • Metastatic Thyroid Cancer
    • Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
    • Multinodular Goiter
    • Needle Thyroid Biopsy
    • Overactive Thyroid
    • Parathyroid Cancer
    • Parathyroid Disease
    • Parathyroid Neoplasm
    • Parathyroid Surgery
    • Pheochromocytoma
    • Primary Aldosteronism
    • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
    • Recurrent Thyroid Cancer
    • Recurrent hyperparathyroidism
    • Thyroid Biopsy
    • Thyroid Cancer
    • Thyroid Disease
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Thyroid Fine Needle Biopsy
    • Thyroid Goiter
    • Thyroid Lobectomy
    • Thyroid Mass
    • Thyroid Nodule
    • Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Thyroid Removal
    • Thyroid Surgery
    • Thyroid Tumor
    • Total Thyroidectomy
    • Toxic Thyroid Nodule
    • Transoral Thyroidectomy
    • Ultrasound Guidance For Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid


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    Additional languages spoken

    Spanish (bilingual) (Archived)

    Education & training

    Endocrine Surgeon
    Board Certifications
    General Surgery
    Medical School
    George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
    Undergraduate Degree
    BA, Boston University, Boston, MA
    General Surgery, Northwestern University McGaw-Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Endocrine Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL