Ryan Lee

Keynote Speaker
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Ryan Lee, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist, director of the neurodevelopmental clinic and director of medical research at the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu. He was born and raised in Hawaii, received undergraduate degrees in both biology and English from Creighton University. He earned his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Lee completed his residency in pediatrics at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and the University of Hawaii, as well as a residency/post-doctoral fellowship in child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Lee has particular interests in disorders of the developing brain such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment and ADHD; disorders of cholesterol metabolism (e.g. Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, Niemann-Pick type C disease); and brain imaging techniques. He has performed research on rare genetic disorders associated with autism in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. He returned to Hawaii to establish multidisciplinary services for children with disorders of the developing nervous system, especially for children with autism.

Dr. Lee is the president of the Autism Society of Hawaii and an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, Kennedy Fellows Association and International Society for Autism Research. He is a faculty member of the Hawaii MCH LEND and serves as an assistant clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.

In 2015, Dr. Lee received the Pacific Business News Young Community Leader of the Year award.  

In his spare time, Dr. Lee enjoys sports, spending time outdoors and traveling with his wife, Emily, and their children, Audrey and Sammy.