Daniel J. Lee MD | Orthopedic Surgeon | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Daniel Jayho Lee

Daniel Jayho Lee MD


Hand Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery
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4.7 / 5 (based on 251 Reviews) View 72 Comments

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Daniel J. Lee MD is an orthopedic surgeon who completed a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and is double board certified in Orthopedic and Hand Surgery. Dr. Lee feels honored that patients allow him into their lives at their most vulnerable moments and he strives to establish a connection with each patient. Being an orthopedic surgeon affords him the unique opportunity to restore function and allow patients to resume an active lifestyle.

While Dr. Lee enjoys the mix of office-based interactions and performing surgeries, helping patients live without pain is the most fulfilling part of his career. He particularly enjoys hand surgery because it is complex and requires great precision. Dr. Lee’s specialized training and specific skill-set have prepared him to solve difficult problems that most general orthopedic surgeons don't often see. When working with patients, he exhausts all non-surgical options first before recommending surgery.

Dr. Lee is originally from Philadelphia and is a die-hard Philly sports fan, which causes him more heartache than joy. He also plays golf and loves exploring the world with his family. In 2020, he accomplished his life-long goal of competing on Jeopardy! and met Alex Trebek.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Downey Hospital

PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians





  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery


Graduate School

Drexel University College of Medicine

Medical School

Drexel University College of Medicine


Drexel University College of Medicine / Hahnemann University Hospital


Drexel University College of Medicine / Hahnemann University Hospital


University of Pennsylvania Health System

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery


Patient Reviews

September 14, 2022
Dr Lee was kind, informative, told me exactly what was needed, and the plan moving forward
September 07, 2022
Hello, I just want to mention that Dr. Daniel Lee is my favorite. He's a very good doctor. He's very thorough. And he shows concern for any of my medical needs. I'm so happy that I did choose him to continue with my surgery. I needed surgery on my...wrist and he did a great job. So, we (INAUDIBLE) and everything. I just I'm very, very happy that I do have him as my doctor
September 07, 2022
To most improve your office, you need to have more staff or more doctors on board to schedule appointments a lot sooner, not months... time period of months until you can see a doctor there. There needs to be appointments done a lot sooner than a month or two in advance. Thank you.
September 07, 2022
All were professionals!
September 06, 2022
Ggood afternoon, everything was fine, I need to go back because I'm going to therapy, but everything was fine. Thanks good night.
August 23, 2022
Dr Lee was informative and reassuring. I felt very comfortable in his care. The entire office staff was friendly and caring.
August 10, 2022
The office staff were SO NICE and caring! And Dr. Lee was WONDERFUL. it was my first time visiting this office and it was so clean and well organized. As a senior, I really appreciated the helpful staff--so friendly and kind.
July 27, 2022
Very knowledgeable, listened and explained all details to me.
July 19, 2022
I like that. Dr. Lee put up the x-rays and explained all the different. Angles and what part of the risk was broken and how well it was healing..
July 15, 2022
Outstanding doctor, who showed displayed care.
July 14, 2022
Staff were very nice and reassuring
July 12, 2022
Extremely pleasant demeanor
July 12, 2022
Smooth and made it fun
July 07, 2022
I feel more information or instruction could have been given to me by Dr. Lee or his staff. After discussing the problem with my finger, Dr. Lee instructed me to scan with my phone a box that read 'trigger finger' under it and he left the room. I was not able to scan the box. He returned to give me the injection and left. No one came to give any verbal or written information or instruction so I walked out and asked if I could leave and was told, yes. On the way to my car my hand began to tingle and feel numb so I walked back to the office to ask if that was normal and was told it was. Today, Sunday, 3 days later, the injection site is very sore and my hand is painful. I had no pain before the injection. To be fair, I forgot to tell them that I could not scan the square, but, I feel that it was the provider and his staff's duty to provide information verbal or written on what side effects if any I could feel and about the visit and what was done. This is the first time that I never received any paperwork after leaving an appointment.
July 07, 2022
Dr. Lee was very professional and very knowledgeable I look forward to continuing under his care.
June 28, 2022
staff was amazing and really helped my son feel comfortable during his appointment.
June 28, 2022
Thank you you guys were great. You made my son and I feel comfortable and Dr. Lee every step he would take with my son before performing. No surprises Thank you again
June 23, 2022
I liked the quickly they worked in the office
June 21, 2022
He didn't really listen what I told him what happened and ignored what I had to say about my knee, which is swollen and very painful
June 21, 2022
Everyone was great would write more but I can only use 1 hand
June 14, 2022
Very satisfied
June 08, 2022
Hi yes, Dr. Lee was really nice. I appreciated it his help. He was very professional and I really expected it just as much because it's PIH and you guys always have the best doctor. So I'm very happy. Thank you.
June 07, 2022
Dr. Lee and his staff were.
June 02, 2022
Great customer service and great doctor. First time seeing Dr Lee.
June 01, 2022
Dr Daniel Lee was a very knowledgeable doctor and new exactly what to do with my hand I would recommend him to all my friends his conversation was good his professionalism is exceptional
May 31, 2022
I was very pleased with everything that Dr. Lee provided and staff. I was just really happy when I could get no resolution from the other doctor. So everything went great and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you so much.
May 31, 2022
Dr. Lee made an excellent first impression. I have hope that my surgery and recovery will go as smoothly as described. Recommendations to friends and family are better made after treatment is complete.
May 27, 2022
Medical assistants were not warm or welcoming and very curt. First floor registration staff were excellent.
May 25, 2022
Yes, my name is (name removed). In regards to the cortisone, shot from Dr. Lee that I got on my thumb. Dr. Lee said that I would be able to bend my thumb in two to three days. And it's been 5 days, and I still can't bend it. I might, I might have to go back for another shot of cortisone.
May 24, 2022
I was seen very quickly. Dr Lee answered all my questions and concerns regarding my hand fracture. He explained everything in detail using my xrays as a visual guide.
May 24, 2022
When I was done in the room they told me to go down the hall to schedule an appointment. I had to wait 30 minutes to schedule an appointment. there were two people ahead of me and only ONE person at the desk. Everyone left that poor worker and went to lunch. THAT IS BAD MANAGEMENT. In front of me, the two parties had questions about bills/insurance and other things. They should have a separate person for scheduling the next appointment. A team member should have seen the line and offered to help. BAD management and Bad teamwork. I noticed the worker who was helping asked a coworker a SMALL question and she snapped at her "I'm AT lunch!" that is not teamwork, I get they are "off the clock," but that is not how you treat someone. PLUS the other worker shouldn't have gone to lunch and left her. She could have helped and taken lunch later. OR someone at the nurse's station should have offered to help, WHO CARES if it isn't your job. Teamwork should be number one. Happy team = happy patients. That woman that was helping BY HERSELF at noon on Tuesday, May, 24, Should be given a bonus. She was patient and kind even when everyone left her. She handled it very well. Please give her something for her kindness
May 24, 2022
Dr Lee seemed very knowledgeable and explained all well.
May 18, 2022
May 17, 2022
Alway have excellent care!
May 12, 2022
When calling to talk to a doctor, I did not get a response till 4 days later. To me, that's unacceptable.
May 11, 2022
Dr Lee was amazing. Very kind and listened to all my problems. I had been misdiagnosed and in pain for 2 years. He found out what was wrong in about 5 minutes. He is a great doctor!
May 11, 2022
Dr did not tell me he was injecting depo medrol instead of kenalog. Hope depo metrology works.
May 05, 2022
Was very happy
May 04, 2022
Hi, Dr. Lee was amazing, but I got the referral, and it was the wrong hand, and should be the left hand for, and they gave me an authorization for the right hand when he treated me for the left hand, so hopefully that can be corrected and improved.
April 29, 2022
I was very skeptical of Dr. Lee at the beginning because it was in a timely manner for my hip. PIH did not have anyone to cover me that he had enough reviews. And, but they were honest with me. They let me know that he was a new person coming in to that provider group, and Dr. Lee. I have to tell you whether I'm right or wrong. I really felt confidence in him when he came in, seems like a young, bright, really good guy. After you get my cortisone injections, he was he was bluntly honest, exactly how it would be. For somebody who's coming on with I guess with no background to you guys, and he looks very young at the same time he seems very bright. He seems like a good person, mentioned his children as as well as mine, to be able to have
April 27, 2022
Dr Lee was very informative loved his manorism he was friendly and gave me many options to choose from will see him again if I need too
April 21, 2022
Very pleased with my care. Thank you
April 20, 2022
Very prompt and very congenial, helpful manner.
April 20, 2022
Everything is okay, the staff, the doctor. Everything's good.
April 20, 2022
I was referred to PIH for an MRI on my shoulder. And when I called the front desk, they referred me to Dr. Lee, even though I told them that my issues are specific to my shoulder. When I met with Dr. Lee, he reviewed my MRI. Then explain to me that he was unfamiliar with the condition that I have with my shoulder as he was a hand specialist and that he had to refer me to another doctor. And as such I'm having to wait, another 2 weeks to see this new doctor when, I would approve the front reception when I call to schedule the appointment that they referred me to a surgeon who specializes dealing with shoulder injuries.
April 19, 2022
Don't you ever call at around 6 or 7. When it's dinner time for a survey.
April 19, 2022
Well, everything went so great, there is no room for improvement.
April 15, 2022
That they give a solution to the ailments and do not transfer you to another specialist, thanks.
April 08, 2022
Very efficient staff
April 07, 2022
Hello. I'm just so grateful to the doctor. I just feeling so much better, and I look forward to my appointment next month. I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking such good care of me and your time. So, thank you again.
April 06, 2022
PIH seems to always have great quality physicians. Dr Lee is professional, courteous and explains my condition, the plan of action and follow up..
April 06, 2022
Dr. Lee is Awesome!!! :)
March 23, 2022
I came in with a lump & pain on my wrist. Dr. Lee did some simple movements with my wrist & was able to determine the problem. He exudes knowledge & confidence in what he does. I felt very at ease that he knew what he was doing.
March 22, 2022
I was pleased with the visit he explained what I needed to understand clearly I am grateful for This . Thank you very much
March 18, 2022
Very nice and polite. Explained procedure very clearly.
March 18, 2022
This was a very good experience. I was seen exactly on time for my appointment, and the doctor was promptly on time and explained things very well, and answered all my questions.
March 18, 2022
The nurse who called me in from the waiting room and weighed me before showing me into the exam room seemed a little rushed and distracted . When she was interviewing me and asking me my concerns I noticed that she would not let me finish my responses before interrupting me by asking the next question . I believe in making eye contact when speaking with someone , rarely if ever did she look at my face , much less into my eyes . Not until I asked her did she give me her name , i believe it was (name removed) . It's important for me to address persons I'm speaking to by their name. It's polite and makes me feel comfortable, especially in medical situations. Hilda was not unkind , just had a manner I found surprising and a little off-putting . Dr Lee on the contrary was a caring , professional and personable gentleman. He listened intently and engaged me in discussing my concerns and medical history . The Cortisone injection he put in my Arthritic knee has helped me so much , last night was the first night I slept pain free in months . I am grateful to have found Dr Lee and will surely ask to see him in the future .
March 16, 2022
Dr Lee was very knowledgeable and professional. I am looking forward to future visits.
March 11, 2022
First of all, the doctor seems very impatient and very rushed. And the way that he dealt with senior citizens, which was the patient was unprofessional and unacceptable. He seems like it was a bother. The nurse was even worse. The nurse who did the test on the hand, and the wrist. Messed it up and not only was she abrasive and abrupt. And... and like a brute approved with a senior citizen. I was thinking of calling the medical board about the way that the patient was handled. I was appalled. Terrible...terrible... terrible. We were surprised and
March 11, 2022
Dr Lee were very polite and listened to everything I had to say. Thank you
March 04, 2022
Some of the lower numbers are because I only saw this doctor went to this off this once. Thank you.
March 04, 2022
This was my first time seeing this specialist. He did take the time to answer all my questions and explain my condition. He was very nice and courteous. Office staff very nice as well.
March 01, 2022
Everyone in the office was very professional
March 01, 2022
February 23, 2022
Very professional
February 22, 2022
Great professional experience. Received same day referral and was seen within a few hours.
February 18, 2022
i was very pleased with the service and the promptness thet did to help me with my condition.
February 16, 2022
I am very happy with the care and concern shown by Dr Lee. I trust him to make the best decisions in my care. He is extremely personable and easy to talk to.
February 08, 2022
Very good
February 04, 2022
Dr. Lee was very nice and put me at ease quickly.
January 28, 2022
I was able to make an appointment for the next day. I was very happy that I was able to get my son in for the appointment. Thank you very much Dr. Lee.
January 28, 2022
I loved Dr. Lee. He was very nice and I believe he really cared about what I had to say.
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