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Bruce Y. Lee M.D., M.B.A.


Bruce Y. Lee, M.D., M.B.A., is a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, avocado-eater, and entrepreneur, not always in that order.

Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health where he is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Communication in Health (CATCH) at CUNY, which aims to develop and implement new technologies and approaches to help decision-making and communication in health and public health. Dr. Lee is also the Executive Director of PHICOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which he founded in 2007, and the founder and CEO of Symsilico. He has over two decades' experience in industry and academia developing mathematical and computational models and tools to assist a wide range of decision-makers in health and public health.

His previous positions include serving as Professor by Courtesy at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC), Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding IntegriGen.

He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund and USAID. He also has served on numerous advisory boards and committees for organizations such as the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the NIH, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Lee has authored over 245 scientific publications (including over 105 first author and over 85 last author) as well as three books.

Dr. Lee has written extensively for the general media. He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes, covering a wide range of health-related topics including medicine, wellness, digital health, and the business of health, and having written over 1,200 articles. His writing has also appeared in a number of other media outlets including The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, STAT, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego. His Twitter handle is @bruce_y_lee. For more info go to

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