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Simon J. 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. 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. He served as Co-Leader of the Population Science and Cancer Control research program for the Harold C. 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 was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, MD from 2004-2008. A Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, he has held multiple leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association.

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



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. An Associate Editor of Annals of Family Medicine, he also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Current Research and Grants
  • Assessing efficacy and implementation of EHR tool to assess heart health among survivors, National Cancer Institute, Co-I