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Bruce Y. Lee, MD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W3503
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



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MBA, Stanford School of Business, 1998
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1994


Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins (, and Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) as well as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Lee has over two decades of experience in industry and academia in systems science and developing and implementing mathematical and computational methods, models, and tools to assist decision making in public health and medicine. Related to this work is his other continuing interest: using ways (including digital media) to translate and communicate scientific and health information to all sectors including the general public. He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund, and USAID.

His previous positions include serving as Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, co-founding Integrigen (a biotech and bioinformatics company), and serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded PIHCOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which is now based at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 65 last author) as well as three books: “Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine”, “What If… ? : Survival Guide for Physician’s, and “Medical Notes : Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide”. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Vaccine and Deputy Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Dr. Lee is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post and has also written for a range of other general media including Time, The Guardian, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego. His Twitter handle is @bruce_y_lee

  • computational modeling
  • mathematical modeling
  • computational methods
  • big data
  • systems science
  • operations research
  • management science
  • computational tools
  • systems methods
  • systems engineering
  • science communication
  • digital health

Five sample publications from different major projects, selected from over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 65 last author)

  • Lee, B.Y., Adam, A., Zenkov, E., Hertenstein, D., Ferguson, M.C., Wang, P.I., Wong, M.S.*, Wedlock, P., Nyathi, S., Gittelsohn, J., Fallah-Fini, S., Bartsch, S.M., Cheskin, L.J., Brown, S.T. (2017) Modeling the economic and health impact of increasing children’s physical activity in the United States. Health Affairs. 36(5): 902-908 PMID: 28461358
  • Lee, B.Y., Ferguson, M.C., Hertenstein, B.S., Atif, A., Zenkov, E., Wang, P.I., Wong, M.S., Gittelsohn, J., Mui, Y., Brown, S.T. (2017) Simulating the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage warning labels in three cities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 3797(17): 30665-7 PMID 29249555
  • Lee, B.Y., Bacon, K.M., Bottazzi, M.E., Hotez, P.J.  (2013) A computational simulation model: the global economic burden of Chagas' Disease.  Lancet Infectious Diseases, 13(4):342-348. PMID: 23395248.
  • Lee, B.Y., Bartsch, S.M., Wong, K.F., Yilmaz, S.L., Avery, T.R., Singh, A., Song, Y., Kim, D.S., Brown, S.T., Potter, M.A., Platt, R., Huang, S.S. (2012) Simulation shows hospitals that cooperate on infection control obtain better results than hospitals acting alone. Health Affairs, 31(10):2295-2303. PMID: 23048111.
  • Lee, B.Y., Brown, S.T., Bailey, R.R., Zimmerman, R.K., Potter, M.A., McGlone, S.M., Cooley, P., Grefenstette, J.J., Zimmer, S.M., Potter, M.A., Wheaton, W.D., Quinn, S.C., Voorhees, R, and Burke, D.S. (2011) The benefits to all of ensuring equal and timely access to influenza vaccines in poor communities.  Health Affairs. 30(6):1141-1150. PMID: 21653968.