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Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH

Simon Lee portrait
Department Chair, Population Health

Professor, Population Health

Professional Background

Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH is a medical anthropologist with postgraduate training in cancer control and prevention. He is Chair of Population Health and Sosland Family Professor in Preventive Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He serves as interim Associate Director for cancer workforce equity for the University of Kansas Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Previously, Dr. Lee was on faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for 14 years where he achieved the rank of Professor with tenure in the Department of Population and Data Sciences. At UTSW, he served as Co-Leader of the Population Science and Cancer Control research program in the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Director for community and collaboration for the UTSW Center for Translational Medicine.

A Yale graduate, Dr. Lee received his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and his doctorate from the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley. He completed postdoctoral training through the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program in Bethesda, MD (2004-2008). A Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, he has held multiple leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association. He is president-elect of Population Health Leaders in Academic Medicine, an affiliate of the AAMC Council of Faculty andamp; Academic Societies.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley
  • MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
  • BA, History of Art, Yale University
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Professional Affiliations
  • NCI Cancer Care Delivery Research Steering Committee, Clinical Trials Planning Meeting, Health Related Social Needs, Member, 2022 - 2022
  • Public Health Leaders in Academic Medicine, President, 2022 - Present



Dr. Lee's research leverages implementation science to optimize cancer healthcare delivery in safety-net settings, urban and rural. His science emphasizes mixed-method multilevel evaluation in pragmatic trial design. Dr. Lee advocates for research partnerships that foster learning health systems and other collaborations that enable science to support community priorities. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.