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Vivian S. Lee, Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A.

Dean, School of Medicine

Senior Vice President, University Health Sciences

CEO, University of Utah Health Care

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Languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7840 University Hospital
Radiology
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. In this position she is responsible for an annual budget of more than $2.4 billion; a healthcare system comprising four hospitals, numerous clinical and research specialty centers like the Huntsman Cancer Institute and John Moran Eye Center, a network of 10 neighborhood health centers, an insurance plan, and over 1,330 board certified physicians; and five colleges including the School of Medicine, of which she also serves as Dean, the College of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, and most recently, Dentistry.

Prior to coming to Utah, she served as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of New York University Medical Center. Dr. Lee’s primary responsibilities were to develop strategies for building science at NYU, developing and refining administrative structures, including enhancing core facilities and support services, and serving as an advocate for research within NYU and externally. In addition, she oversaw the launching of a new program to establish Centers of Excellence, upgrading core facilities and standardizing their operations, educational initiatives in grantsmanship, creating mechanisms to encourage and support programmatic research, and new programs in faculty career development. During her tenure, NYU medical rose from #36 to #27 in NIH funding.

A 1986 graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Dr. Lee was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University (1986 – 1989), where she received a doctorate in medical engineering. Returning to Harvard Medical School (1988 – 1992), she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in Body and Cardiovascular MRI and Thoracic Imaging at NYU. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, she received NYU’s Orloff Award in 2001 for research. Dr. Lee completed an M.B.A. at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2006 and was among Crain’s New York Business magazine’s “40 under 40: New York’s Rising Stars”. She has been awarded the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, Polytechnic-NYU Innovator's Award, Dynamic Achiever Award Overseas Chinese Association, Pathfinder Award SLC Chamber of Commerce. She has served as mentor for over 40 faculty, fellows, residents and students.

Dr. Lee is a radiologist by training and is currently principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She has served as Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section and is a Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). On the Editorial Board of leading journals in imaging, Dr. Lee has authored over 150 peer-reviewed research publications, and a popular textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols (Lippincott, 2006). Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the development of quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Lee received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. In 2012, she delivered the ISMRM Lauterbur Lecture.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Radiology - Professor
Academic Divisions Clinical Radiology
Board Certification American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic Radiology)

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Radiology - Professor
Academic Divisions Clinical Radiology
Board Certification American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic Radiology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7480 Clinical Neurosciences Center
SVP for Health Sciences
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. She is responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion; four hospitals, ten neighborhood health centers, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center, a health insurance plan, over 1,330 board-certified physicians; and five colleges including the School of Medicine, the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, and most recently, the School of Dentistry.

During her tenure, Dr. Lee has established the University of Utah Health Care system as one of the most innovative, high-performing, and transformative health care systems in the nation. The University of Utah has consistently ranked in the top 10 in quality and safety among university hospitals. Its providers enjoy the highest patient satisfaction rankings in the nation, and Utah was the first health care system in the country to post patient satisfaction scores online. The health system has bent the cost curve through innovative value management tools, physician engagement and Lean training.

Under Dr. Lee’s leadership, the University of Utah launched a new School of Dentistry in 2013, which moved into the new Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences building in early 2015. The Utah Genome Project, a signature research program based on the Utah Population Database, is the cornerstone of Precision Medicine with an expected 6000 genomes sequenced by the end of 2015. The Center for Medical Innovation partners the health sciences with Colleges of Engineering, Business, Law, Fine Arts, and Architecture to develop new devices, apps and videogames.

Working with the legislature and Governor, Dr. Lee secured additional state funding in 2013 to increase the medical school class size by 50% over 2 years. Enhanced communications and best practices have been shared through the Algorithms for Innovation publication and portal, sparking a national discourse about challenges facing academic medicine.

A recognized leader in academic medicine and health sciences, Dr. Lee serves on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans for the AAMC, the Journal of the American Medical Association Journal Oversight Committee, the Health Care Delivery System Reform Advisory Committee of The Commonwealth Fund, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves on the board of directors the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Dr. Lee received a doctorate in medical engineering on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. At Harvard Medical School, she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in MRI at NYU. Dr. Lee completed an M.B.A. at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2006, and was among Crain’s New York Business magazine’s “40 under 40: New York’s Rising Stars”. Prior to coming to Utah, she served as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of New York University Medical Center.

A radiologist who is currently principal investigator for two NIH R01 grants, Dr. Lee has authored over 150 peer-reviewed research publications and a popular textbook on Cardiovascular MRI and chaired the Medical Imaging NIH study section. A Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Dr. Lee received the Outstanding Teacher Award and delivered the ISMRM keynote Lauterbur Lecture in 2012. Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the development of quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training New York University
Business
M.B.A.
Fellowship New York University Medical Center (NYUMC)
Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Thoracic Imaging
Fellow
Chief Resident Duke University
Diagnostic Radiology
Chief Resident
Residency Duke University
Diagnostic Radiology
Resident
Internship Duke University
General Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical Harvard Medical School
Medicine
M.D.
Doctoral Training Oxford University
Engineering Science
Ph.D.
Undergraduate Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges
Biochemical Sciences
B.A.

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