Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. She is a researcher and designer who is passionate about the notion that human centered design thinking can and will transform the delivery of clinical care and the biomedical research enterprise. Her research focuses on the use of emerging technologies (mobile technology, data visualization, participatory game design, social media) and the creation of learning health systems (incorporating health systems design and design/ethnography) for improving outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She co-leads an interdisciplinary collaborative called HealthDesignBy.Us, which supports patients as experts and "makers" in the creation of tools, technologies, and systems for their own 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.
Her overall research trajectory has focused on the overarching themes of obesity and type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Because of her specialized training, she has been able to approach these problems from a unique vantage point, using a variety of methodologies 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). She has 73 peer-reviewed publications, has been the recipient of multiple NIH grants (including a current R01 focused on conventional and metabolomic biomarkers for diabetes) as well as private foundation funding, and serves as Social Media/Web Editor for JAMA Pediatrics.