Max C. Lee, MD

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SpineCare (414) 955-7199

I specialize in minimally invasive spinal surgery, complex spinal reconstruction and instrumentation, peripheral nerve reconstructive surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery for spine tumors and thorough pain management.





Diseases & Conditions

Acute and Chronic Pain
Back and Neck Pain
Degenerative Spine Disease
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Nerve Pain
Spinal Stenosis
Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
Spine Trauma

Treatment & Services

Deformity Correction
Discectomy of Cervical and Lumbar Spine
Hydrocephalus Shunting
Laminectomy/Spine Decompression
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Nerve Grafting
Nerve Release
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Revision Spine Surgery
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Neurosurgery
Tumor Resection
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Ages Seen


Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital
Froedtert Hospital


Drexel Town Square Health Center
7901 S. 6th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414) 346-8000
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Mequon Health Center
11430 N Port Washington Rd
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 518-1900
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Tosa Health Center
1155 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 955-5990
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Education & Training

University of Illinois - Chicago - IL - Doctor of Medicine - (1998)

University of Chicago - IL - Internship in General Surgery - (1998-1999)

University of Chicago - IL - Residency in Neurological Surgery - (1999-2003)

University of Chicago - IL - Chief Resident of Neurological Surgery - (2003-2004)

Stanford University - Stanford - CA - Fellowship in Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Surgery - (2004-2005)

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Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.7 out of 5. 216 ratings, 63 reviews
May 1, 2020
He's the best.
March 22, 2020
Dr. Lee always seemed concerned and was always concerned about my best interest.
March 16, 2020
did surgery on my back. only person I or my wife we would let do nuro surgery on us.
Feb. 27, 2020
Dr. Lee seemed to care about me as a person, not just as a surgical candidate. He has a gentle demeanor, which is rare for a surgeon. He is wonderful.
Feb. 24, 2020
all the doctors I have seen have been excellent and I am an RN at another hospital
Feb. 22, 2020
md very knowledgeable about my condition, appears to want to treat conditions conservatively at the start of tx. goes up the complexity to scale slowly.
Feb. 21, 2020
Best MD I have ever had in my life and I have seen many.
Feb. 20, 2020
He was very kind and listened to me. He answered all my questions and I trust his advice.
Feb. 7, 2020
Dr Lee and his staff are very caring. Dr Lee always puts me at ease. I never regret having surgery and I wouldn't trust anyone else.
Jan. 28, 2020
He made sure I understood everything and asked if I agreed. I felt involved, not like the decisions were happening to me, but I was part of them.
Jan. 26, 2020
Dr was very personable.
Jan. 24, 2020
he let me talk and also listened
Jan. 24, 2020
Dr. Lee is excellent. I got the feeling from the rest of the staff that I was the last (thank goodness) appointment of the day thou ??
Jan. 23, 2020
Dr. Lee, his PA, and his staff are phenomenal. He took a great deal of time to explain what was going on and answer my questions. You could tell he really cared about me as a whole person and was always extremely honest in sharing his thoughts.
Jan. 13, 2020
His expertise in treating spine issues.
Jan. 10, 2020
When describing xray results, did not give clear enough explanation to understand and know what treatment will follow.
Jan. 7, 2020
I had successful back surgery with Dr Lee in 2018. I think very highly of him. Pleased with all aspects of my care.
Jan. 5, 2020
Dr Lee obviously loves what he does. He is an amazing surgeon that gave me back the life I love and need.
Jan. 3, 2020
He explained everything clearly, and let me know his plan, asking me if I understood.
Dec. 28, 2019
post surgery directions not enough
Dec. 24, 2019
Dr Lee gave my husband his life back. He told him he could fit him and he did. From using a pain pump to daily pain medications for years with back pain he no longer requires anything. We are greatful for his expertise and knowledge and Froetrert is very fortunate to have him for spine care. We highly recommend him and his staff as well!
Dec. 20, 2019
provider spent plenty of time with me and always listens and answers all my questions
Dec. 19, 2019
The doctor always has time for our questions and he takes the time to explain things we don't understand.
Dec. 15, 2019
Dr. Lee squeezed us into his busy Friday schedule, we knew we would have to wait longer than 15 minutes, we were grateful for his time and expertise.
Dec. 10, 2019
I have been seeing Dr. Lee for more than two years. He replaced two discs in my neck. I am thrilled with the results! Dr. Lee is a very thoughtful, professional and compassionate man and surgeon. I am very fortunate and grateful to have had him as my doctor.
Dec. 4, 2019
Dr. Lee and his assistant Kyle were so kind and concerned about the pain I was in. They both did a wonderful job using visual models to help me understand what was going on inside my back as I am not medically knowledgable. I also felt that they gave me all the time necessary and I never felt rushed.
Dec. 4, 2019
Dr Lee listens to everything you have to say and does not make you feel that any question is silly.
Nov. 26, 2019
it seems as though dr. lee goes above and beyond to take for you. not many, very few to be exact, take the time he does to listen to what the patient has to say about the way they feel and the coarse of action that might be needed for care. excellent!
Nov. 22, 2019
I appreciate Dr Lee. He's been awesome for me and my family!!
Nov. 18, 2019
MaxLee is a consummate e professional Waiting 1&1/2 hours to see Dr Lee was beyond frustrating. I was definitely upset with the incompetence of hi staff
Nov. 17, 2019
After explaining what was going on with me, I was given a next day appointment. You have no idea how impressive and how good that made me feel to know that someone is concerned about my health as much as I am. The staff provided five diamond service.
Nov. 16, 2019
I respect and trust Dr. Lee and his skills. He has been straight forward direct and very good at explaining medical issues. I would not be walking if not for him. We have a medical relationship of trust.
Nov. 11, 2019
all staff were professional, respectful & a supportive.
Nov. 4, 2019
I felt fully informed of the options I had to chose from in order to make an intelligent decision regarding my health.
Nov. 4, 2019
Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon. Well trained with out to the minute knowledge and skills. I am very lucky to have him as part of my team.
Nov. 4, 2019
several people recommended him to me. he took the time and was very calming.
Nov. 3, 2019
Dr. Lee is an excellent physician
Nov. 2, 2019
didn't listen, report to family doctor different than reported to me. was in hurry to get done. called five times and left message for appointment. took over two weeks for response. Will not use again.
Nov. 2, 2019
the PA was NOT there. made a huge difference. MD evidently in wrong room. Computer issues then. He did not feel well. little discussion. was probably a waste of my time and insurance money without PA and better discussion of PT I am receiving and results of epidural. disappointed. hoping for better response when I see Pain Management in 10 days.
Nov. 1, 2019
First visit to Dr. Lee at MCW. First time I had to wait over 30 minutes to see him.
Nov. 1, 2019
He was knowledgeable, thorough and highly informative.
Oct. 27, 2019
Excellent experience and extremely nice staff
Oct. 26, 2019
Dr. Lee has a great deal of compassion for his patients and helped me regain strength and quality of life.
Oct. 25, 2019
The wait time was over 1hr after the appt time. Dr. Lee did inform me he wasn't feeling well. Dr Lee's asst was outstanding. I would nit hesitate fo use or recommend Dr. Lee to friends.
Oct. 25, 2019
Aloof and condescending.
Oct. 23, 2019
After the appointment with Dr. Lee there were significant problems getting his referral and his notes to the referred physician. I had to get personally involved with clerical staff at Dr. Lee's office and at the medical records until to get the issues resolved at all. The speed at which information was transferred from Froedert to the next physician was difficult and exceptionally slow. The US Mail would have been much faster. This part of my experience failed to meet my expectations.
Oct. 21, 2019
very different experience with this provider, much better than previous visits. very much more willingness to actively treat my condition.
Oct. 13, 2019
his knowledge and surgical expertise on my my condition
Oct. 10, 2019
Only advice given was from the PA
Oct. 8, 2019
understands my back problems
Oct. 8, 2019
only wish we could get into surgery sooner to have to Pain Stimulator removed, so I can have a proper MRI done of my spine. After it is removed I should have to wait another 3 weeks before having the MRI done, and then wait again for possible surgery. My pain is very bad and i constantly fall down because my knee/spine pain is so bad.
Oct. 4, 2019
While I have worked with Dr. Lee for years, the front counter receptionist was abrasive and curt. You can keep her for another position away from people.
Oct. 4, 2019
always takes time to explain things
Oct. 1, 2019
Dr Lee and his immediate staff are very good. The receptionist on the 1st floor of the Mequon office couldn't have cared less, his check out person seemed confused what should be done, and I waited an hour for him. Before he joined Froedtert, I never waited more than 20 minutes. having a receptionist on the 1st floor and no check in or coordinating staff on the floor of the physicians is ridiculous. The sign said to go back to 1st floor reception if waiting more than 15 minutes. I can barely walk.
Sept. 29, 2019
everyone was great
Sept. 22, 2019
I had a necessary spine surgery. Main concern was the pain in my feet & lower legs that I had hoped would address the severe pain I feel. I understand that the nerves run down my spinal column and that nerves were being compressed (which could have been causing my problems). However, the Dr. was more concerned about the Rx than actually discussing the pain associated with my situation. The surgery may have been beneficial for the nerves but I still have not had any relief from my foot/lower leg pain. This was not discussed other than the MA stating that the feet are the last things to heal properly. Dr. didn't address this. His recommendation...see a pain specialist. Vague comment about "with my history" (nothing specific stated). I don't know how much about my "history" the physician really knows as he did not go over that with me. I made an appt. to revisit in 3 mos. but in reality, Dr. appeared pretty indifferent and was more concerned with my Rx (I suspect likely due to political/professional pressures) Not a great feeling coming out of the office. May be a good surgeon, but greatly lacking in sensitivity and appropriate communication skills
Sept. 22, 2019
Dr Lee is the BEST!!!
Sept. 21, 2019
Dr. Lee has always been interested in my issues, and what he can do to make me feel better. He makes you feel like he really cares.
Sept. 21, 2019
Ability to explain treatment options Giving several options
Sept. 18, 2019
caregiver is sensitive, direct and very knowledgeable
Sept. 16, 2019
very knowlegable
Sept. 12, 2019
He and his team made me feel at ease.
Sept. 7, 2019
I have been a patient of Dr Lee's for several years. Dr. Lee is trying to help me avoid the very severe surgery that may be necessary. Besides being a great doctor, he is also a really kind and good person.