Vivian S. Yee, MD, FAAD


Vivian S. Yee, M.D., FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist committed to helping her patients enjoy healthy radiant skin. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Queens, Dr. Yee graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and went on to attend the combined B.S./M.D. program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. There she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named Valedictorian of her class. She was further recognized by USA Today to be one of the top 20 students in the nation and was named onto the All-USA College Academic First Team. Dr. Yee went on to obtain her M.D. degree from the Stony Brook School of Medicine where she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to do research in Sydney, Australia. There, she spent one year doing research and clinical work at the largest melanoma treatment center in the world at the Sydney Melanoma Unit. Her research there resulted in multiple publications and a Young Investigator’s Award to speak at the 3rd International Sentinel Node Congress in Yokohama, Japan. Dr. Yee went on to do further research on skin cancer at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York which resulted in further contributions to the medical literature.

Dr. Yee completed her internship training in Internal Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and her Dermatology residency training at the Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is currently an affiliate physician at the New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing and Elmhurst Hospital. She continues to be active in teaching medical students, residents and peers, having spoken at local, regional, national and international meetings. She is also involved in educating the community through radio interviews and participating in free community skin cancer screenings. She is also a member of a number of professional societies which include the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the Chinese American Medical Society.


  • Dermatologic Society of Greater New York Conrad
    Stritzler Resident Competition, 1st Place (2006)
  • Young Investigator’s Award, 3rd International Sentinel Node Congress (2002)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2001)
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Sophie Davis (2000)
  • Valedictorian, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (2000)
  • USA Today 2000 All-USA College Academic First Team (2000)
  • Chinese American Medical Society Summer Research Grant (1999)
  • Mack Lipkin Broader Horizons Fellow (1999)
  • Asian Alumni Association Scholarship, City College (1999)
  • New York Schweitzer Fellow (1998-1999)


  1. Charles CA, Yee VS, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Oliveria SA, Kopf A, Rigel D, Halpern AC. “Variation in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of melanoma in situ: a survey of US dermatologists.” Arch Dermatol 2005;141(6):723-9.
  2. Ka VS, Dusza SW, Halpern AC, Marghoob AA. “The association between large congenital melanocytic naevi and cutaneous melanoma: preliminary findings from an Internet-based registry of 379 patients.” Melanoma Res 2005;15(1):61-7.
  3. Yee VS, Thompson JF, McKinnon JG, Scolyer RA, Li LX, McCarthy WH, O’Brien CJ, Quinn MJ, Saw RP, Shannon KF, Stretch JR, Uren RF. “Outcome in 846 cutaneous melanoma patients from a single center after a negative sentinel node biopsy.” Ann Surg Oncol 2005;12(6):429-39.
  4. deWilt JH, Thompson JF, Uren RF, Ka VS, Scolyer RA, McCarthy WH, O’Brien CJ, Quinn MJ, Shannon KF. “Correlation between preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and metastatic nodal disease sites in 362 patients with cutaneous melanomas of the head and neck.” Ann Surg 2004;239(4):544-52.
  5. Scolyer RA, Thompson JF, Li LX, Beavis A, Dawson M, Doble P, Ka VS, McKinnon JG, Soper R, Uren RF, Shaw HM, Stretch JR, McCarthy SW. “Failure to remove true sentinel nodes can cause failure of the sentinel node biopsy technique: evidence from antimony concentrations in false-negative sentinel nodes from melanoma patients.” Ann Surg Oncol 2004;11(3 Suppl):174S-8S.
  6. Thompson JF, Stretch JR, Uren RF, Ka VS, Scolyer RA. “Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma: Where have we been and where are we going?” Ann Surg Oncol 2004;11(3 Suppl):147S-51S.
  7. Ka VS, Clark-Loeser L, Marghoob AA. “Vascular Pattern in Seborrheic Keratoses and Melanoma.” Dermatol Surg 2004;30:75-77.
  8. Li LXL, Scolyer RA, Ka VS, McKinnon JG, Shaw HM, McCarthy SW, Thompson JF. “Pathologic review of negative sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma patients with regional recurrence: a clinicopathologic study of 1152 patients undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy.” Am J Surg Pathol 2003;27:1197-1202.


“Atopic Dermatitis.” Presented at Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Flushing Hospital, NY, May 4, 2009.

“Cutaneous Manifestations of Internal Malignancies.” Presented at Dermatology Grand Rounds, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, March 3, 2008.

“An Unusual Manifestation of Leukemia Cutis.” Presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, February 2008.

“Sun Exposure and Melanoma: An Elusive Association?” Presented at Dermatology Grand Rounds, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, June 19, 2007.

“Melanoma and Lymphatic Mapping/Sentinel Lymphadenectomy: the Past, Present and Future.” Presented at Dermatology Grand Rounds, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, June 28, 2006.

“Outcome in 836 Cutaneous Melanoma Patients from a Single Center after a Negative Sentinel Node Biopsy.” Presented at the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York, January 19, 2006.

“Analysis of Reasons for False Negative Sentinel Node Biopsies in Patients with Melanoma.” Presented at the 3rd International Sentinel Node Congress, Yokohama, Japan, November 16, 2002.


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