Doctor as Designer
Joyce Lee, MD, MPH



About Me: The Academic Version

Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is the Robert P. Kelch, MD Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and Professor at the Medical School and at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr Lee attended Brown University for her undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania for her medical degree, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She completed internship and residency in General Pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Children's Hospital, Boston and Boston Medical Center). She completed dual training in Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Health Services Research and received a Master in Public Health from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lee is a pediatric translational researcher in the field of Pediatric Endocrinology. Her research agenda focuses on the overarching areas of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and childhood:

  • The creation of learning health systems using the methods of quality improvement, clinical informatics, and patient-centered participatory design.

  • Studies of collaborative innovation networks and the maker movement

  • Health applications of emerging technologies (mobile technology and social media)

  • Biomarker discovery for prediabetes and diabetes in children

Dr. Lee uses a variety of methodologies in her research, including applied clinical research, epidemiologic analyses of nationally representative data, state transition modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, as well as design and emerging technologies (design ethnography, participatory design, human-centered design, quality improvement science, and digital/social media communications). To date, she has 101 peer-reviewed publications, and is first or senior author on 58 of those publications.

In 2009, she was named a Brehm Investigator by the Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research. At the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, she was the first recipient of the Paul Kaplowitz, MD, Endowed Lectureship for contributions to quality and cost-effective care in Pediatric Endocrinology, an award sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. Her major research contributions have included studies evaluating recommended screening guidelines for type 2 diabetes for overweight and obese children, studies evaluating the link between overweight and obesity and timing of puberty and chronic disease risk factors, studies focused on quality measurement and quality of care for overweight and obese children, and research in health outcomes for type 1 diabetes. She serves as Associate Director of the Momentum Center, a childhood obesity center based at the School of Public Health.

In 2012, Dr. Lee was a visiting scholar at in Child Health Policy at Stanford University and in 2015 was a visiting scholar at Google Life Sciences (now Verily). She is the Health Information Technology Faculty Champion for the Fast Forward Medical Innovation Team at Michigan Medicine. She completed the Advanced Methods course in Quality Improvement at Cincinnati Children’s, and achieved Epic Physician Builder certification and proficiency in Clarity, the Epic database. She also co-leads an interdisciplinary collaborative called HealthDesignBy.Us, which supports the creation of maker movement for healthcare, creating opportunities for patients and caregivers to co-create tools, technologies, and systems for healthcare.

Click here for her CV and learn more about her interests in Research, Design, and Social Media.

Current Financial Disclosures: T1D Exchange; Grant funding from Lenovo.

Joyce Lee, MD, MPH
Robert P. Kelch, MD Research Professor of Pediatrics
Research/Quality Improvement Director, Pediatric Diabetes
Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit
University of Michigan
300 NIB, Room 6E14, Campus Box 5456
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5456
Tel: (734) 615-8907 Fax: (734) 232-1400
CV: Link