Simon Craddock Lee chosen as chair of Department of Population Health
While engaged in many facets of population health research, Lee’s expertise lies in implementation science and health care delivery research in cancer prevention and control.
Simon Craddock Lee, Ph.D., MPH, has been chosen as chair and Sosland Family Professor in Preventive Medicine in the Department of Population Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas, effective July 1, 2022.
Lee earned a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration at the University of California (UC), Berkeley School of Public Health. With research awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, he completed his Ph.D. in medical anthropology in a program offered jointly through UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Lee subsequently completed the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Roles and research
Lee achieved the rank of professor with tenure at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he held an appointment in the Department of Population and Data Sciences at Southwestern Medical School and an adjunct appointment at UTHealth School of Public Health. Additionally, he held the administrative leadership roles of associate director for community and collaboration at the Center for Translational Medicine and program co-leader for population science and cancer control research at Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
While engaged in many facets of population health research, Lee’s expertise lies in implementation science and health care delivery research in cancer prevention and control. Lee is principal investigator for an NCI R01 implementing care coordination for complex cancer survivors in an integrated safety net system. He has led or collaborated on multiple other studies funded through the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas; the NCI; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.
Lee serves on the steering committee of the NCI Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science and the central institutional review board for NCI’s Community Oncology Research Program. He also serves as associate editor for the Annals of Family Medicine and on the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
“With his demonstrated success in leadership, discovery and collaboration, paired with his commitment to improving health of underserved and rural populations, I am confident that Dr. Lee is well positioned to carry forward the trajectory that Dr. (Edward) Ellerbeck has set into motion in the Department of Population Health,” said Akinlolu O. Ojo, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Dean, University of Kansas School of Medicine.