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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA

Executive Director
Associate Professor, Department of International Health
Director of Operations Research, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins and Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) as well as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.  Dr. Lee has over 15 years of experience in industry and academia in systems science and developing and implementing mathematical and computational methods, models, and tools to assist decision making in public health and medicine.  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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund and USAID. He also has served as the systems science and modeling expert for a wide variety of advisory boards and committees such as the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee to address the Dietary Guidelines of America process.

His previous positions include serving as Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational where he led teams that developed mathematical and computational models and tools for a variety of clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen, a biotechnology/bioinformatics company, and serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded PHICOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which is now based at Johns Hopkins. 

Dr. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 70 last author) as well as three books: “Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine”, “What If… ? : Survival Guide for Physician’s, and “Medical Notes : Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide”. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Vaccine and Deputy Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Forbes and has also written for a range of other general media including Time, The Guardian, and the MIT Technology Review. He and his work have garnered attention in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, 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, MD from Harvard Medical School, and MBA 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.

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