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Han Koo Lee, MD, PhD 1929-2004

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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 May 01;86(5):1110-1110
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Han Koo Lee was born on November 3, 1929, and, along with his wife and his mother-in-law, tragically died in a fire in Seoul, Korea, on January 31, 2004. After completing his premedical work at Seoul National University, he attended the College of Medicine at Seoul National University, from which he graduated in 1954. He then faithfully performed his military duty in the Korean Army by serving in the Korean Army hospitals and the 121st United States Army Evacuation Hospital.Han Koo Lee was one of very few Korean physicians who received an internship and residency training in the United States during the 1950s, after the Korean War. In 1957, he served an internship in a Columbia University-affiliated hospital in the Manhattan section of New York, and then he entered a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. His mentor was William K. Massie Jr., MD, who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and served as an Anna Kane Teaching Fellow at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Han Koo Lee's beloved wife, Nam Ji Cho, MD, PhD, was at that time training in pediatrics at Louisville General Hospital. It was during this time that their two sons, Francis Young-In and Fred Su-In, were born (Francis in 1962 and Fred in 1963). Their daughter, Christina Moonhee, was born six years later, in 1969.
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