Dr. Maria Bun-Ching Lee
Dr. Lee has been making house calls to frail homebound elders since 1995. She is passionate about providing culturally sensitive home-based geriatrics and palliative care. As a daughter and granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, she personally encountered challenges of seeking medical care for her late maternal grandmother. Dr. Lee is inspired to improve health care for under-served communities, especially the chronically ill and older monolingual immigrant Americans. Her goal is to provide personalized and culturally sensitive care in the home setting to those who who have limited access to medical care, thus reducing the need for frequent hospitalizations and/or nursing home placement.
Dr. Lee began practicing house calls at St. Vincent Hospital’s Chelsea-Village Program from 1999 to 2010, primarily serving the Chinese and Latino American homebound elders of Manhattan’s Chinatown and the Lower East Side. After St. Vincent Hospital’s closure, she continued to serve these communities under The Mount Sinai Chelsea-Village House Call Program (2010 to 2012), Medical House Calls. PLLC (2012 – 2013), and more recently, Jennan Comprehensive Medical, PC / Priority House Calls (2013). Dr. Lee subsequently opened her own practice.
The name “Living-at-Home Medical” commemorates the “Chelsea-Village Program/ Living-at-Home Program” founded by the late Dr. Phillip W. Brickner.
Dr. Lee primarily sees patients in lower Manhattan and lower Brooklyn.
Dr. Maria B. Lee and Dr. Philip W. Brickner (founder of the “Chelsea-Village Program” and the “Living-at-Home Program”). Photo taken in 2010.