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Walter T Lee

Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
Duke South Yellow Zone 4000, DUMC Box 3805, Durham, NC 27710
40 Medicine Circle, DUMC Box 3805, Durham, NC 27710

Selected Grants


Otolaryngology Surgeon- Scientist career Path (OSSP) program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders · 2022 - 2027

RAPID System for Early Detection of Head and Neck Cancer in Low-Resource Settings

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2027

Depression, suicide and suicide mitigation implementation in head and neck cancer

ResearchMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Partnership to establish a practice based network to assess for head and neck cancers using a low-cost portable flexible nasopharyngoscope

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2025

Adapting a machine learning algorithm to predict thyroid cytopathologyin LMIC

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2023

Otolaryngology Surgeon- Scientist career Path (OSSP) program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders · 2022 - 2027

RAPID System for Early Detection of Head and Neck Cancer in Low-Resource Settings

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2027

Depression, suicide and suicide mitigation implementation in head and neck cancer

ResearchMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Partnership to establish a practice based network to assess for head and neck cancers using a low-cost portable flexible nasopharyngoscope

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2025

Adapting a machine learning algorithm to predict thyroid cytopathologyin LMIC

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2023

Clinical Evaluation of the OncAlert® RAPID in Subjects Presenting for Evaluation and/or Initial Biopsy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Vigilant Biosciences · 2018 - 2021

A Virtue Based on-line Leadership Curriculum: A Nationwide Resource for Professional Development

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Society of University Otolaryngologists · 2020 - 2021

Enhanced ethanol ablation as a surgical-alternative for head and neck cancer treatment in resource-limited settings

FellowshipCo-Sponsor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2020

A Quantitative Optical Sensor to Monitor Tumor Vascular Physiology

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by Zenalux Biomedical, Inc. · 2015 - 2016

TERT promoter mutation frequency in subsets of oral tongue cancer patients

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by American Medical Association Foundation · 2015 - 2016

CHECKPOINT Head & Neck Nerve Stimulator/Locator Product Validation Study (9394-CSP-000-B)

Clinical TrialPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Checkpoint Surgical · 2014 - 2015

Can Optical Spectroscopy Predict Early Treatment Response in Solid Tumors

Inst. Training Prgm or CMECo-Mentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2010 - 2012

External Relationships


  • Duke -National Univeristy of Singapore
  • Vivo Surgical

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