William Barry Lee, M.D.


William Barry Lee, M.D.
Cornea, External Eye Diseases, & Refractive Surgery

Dr. Barry Lee’s areas of surgical expertise include corneal transplantation, ocular surface and stem cell surgery, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Lee is one of only a few ophthalmologists in Georgia with fellowship training in corneal disorders, corneal transplantation, and modern refractive surgical procedures including LASIK, LASEK, and corrective lens surgery.  Dr. Lee comes to the Milledgeville location every second Wednesday.  Dr. Lee performs surgery either at Piedmont Hospital or Piedmont Eye Surgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia.



Surgical Privileges:

  • Piedmont Hospital
  • Piedmont Eye Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Piedmont Better Vision Laser Vision Correction
  • Medical Eye Associates, Macon, GA
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


  • Vice President, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology
  •  Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2010
  • “Best Doctors in America” 2009 – 2015
  • Castle Connolly’s”America’s Top Ophthalmologists,” 2007-present
  • Premier Surgeon 250 list, Ocular Surgery News / Slack
  • Board Examiner for American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bausch & Lomb Travel Grant Award, 2001
  • Textbook co-author, Ocular Surface Disease
  • Co-editor, Focal Points, Refractive Surgery Section

Medical Memberships & Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Chair, Ophthalmology Technology Assessment Committee (Cornea Section) (2008-2014)
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea Society Board of Directors (2010-2016)
  • Cornea Society Scientific Program Chair (2011-2015)
  • Eye Bank Association of America – Co-Chair, Accreditation Board (2010-2014)
  • Georgia Society of Ophthalmology – Councilor / Board of Directors (2010-2013)
  • American College of Surgeons

Community Service:

  • Georgia Eye Bank

Associate Medical Director (2006-2009)
Medical Director (2009-present)



  • Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
  • University of California, Davis Dept. of Ophthalmology Sacramento, California
  • Preceptors: Mark J. Mannis, M.D.
  • Ivan R. Schwab, M.D.


  • University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY


  • Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC

Medical School:

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
  • Highest Distinction, 1998


  • University of Kentucky, Biological Sciences, Chemistry,
  • Highest Distinction, 1994