Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH, joined the faculty in late 2008 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Prior to being recruited to Dallas, Dr. Lee was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the ethics of prevention and public health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he also served as Co-Chair of the Culture & Qualitative Research Interest Group, a scientific intramural association of the NIH.
In Dallas, Dr. Lee is a core member of the Population Sciences & Cancer Control program within the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research program engages the culture and organization of cancer screening and cancer survivorship in urban and rural safety-net settings. He leads mixed-method studies to systematically evaluate how local context influences intervention effects at the system, clinic, provider and patient levels. He has an emerging interest in the particular challenges of caring for individuals living with multiple co-morbidities, aka complex patients. Dr. Lee is principal investigator of a mixed-methods implementation study expanding rural breast cancer screening and patient navigation in 21 rural and underserved counties in North Texas that received a 2015 competitive renewal from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). He continues work to understand social decision-making processes among minority and underserved patients confronting cancer. Active disease sites include lung, colorectal, and HPV/cervical cancers through research support from the NCI, notably as a Co-Investigator in the Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR Center (NCI U54 CA163308-02).
As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee is committed to the integration of social science in medicine and care delivery research. He contributes to culture/behavior and ethics curricula in the Medical School, in addition to formal consultation on research design and qualitative methods through UTSW's Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and the Center for Translational Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Lee was a member of the inaugural cohort of Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD), the faculty leadership training program.
Dr. Lee reviews for NSF programs in Cultural Anthropology and in Social & Economic Sciences, and has served on NHLBI and NCI Special Emphasis panels for NIH. Dr. Lee has held various leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association since 2009 and is an elected Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
- Yale University (1994)
- Graduate School
- University of California-Berkeley (1998)
- Graduate School
- University of California-San Francisco (2003)
- Health disparities
- Lung, Colorectal, Breast Cancers
- Medical anthropology
- Organizational behavior, health services research
- Qualitative methods and analysis
- Urban & rural underserved
- Elucidating patient-perceived role in "decision-making" among African Americans receiving lung cancer care through a county safety-net system.
- Lee SC, Marks EG, Sanders JM, Wiebe DJ J Cancer Surviv 2015 Jun
- Residential racial segregation and mortality among black, white, and Hispanic urban breast cancer patients in Texas, 1995 to 2009.
- Pruitt SL, Lee SJ, Tiro JA, Xuan L, Ruiz JM, Inrig S Cancer 2015 Feb
- Independent state health surveys: responding to the need for local population health data.
- Portnoy B, Craddock Lee SJ, Kincheloe J, Breen N, Olson JL, McCormally J, Brown ER J Public Health Manag Pract 2014 Sep-Oct 20 5 E21-33
- Predictors and Intensity of Online Access to Electronic Medical Records Among Patients With Cancer.
- Gerber DE, Laccetti AL, Chen B, Yan J, Cai J, Gates S, Xie Y, Lee SJ J Oncol Pract 2014 Jul
- Stigma among patients with lung cancer: a patient-reported measurement model.
- Hamann HA, Ostroff JS, Marks EG, Gerber DE, Schiller JH, Lee SJ Psychooncology 2014 Jan 23 1 81-92
- Racial and ethnic differences in hospice enrollment among children with cancer.
- Thienprayoon R, Lee SC, Leonard D, Winick N Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013 Jun
- Does language moderate the influence of information scanning and seeking on HPV knowledge and vaccine awareness and initiation among Hispanics?
- Stevens CE, Caughy MO, Lee SC, Bishop WP, Tiro JA Ethn Dis 2013 23 1 95-102
- Patient comprehension and attitudes toward maintenance chemotherapy for lung cancer.
- Gerber DE, Hamann HA, Rasco DW, Woodruff S, Lee SJ Patient education and counseling 2012 May
- Legitimate and ethical: distinguishing when and how regulations apply in patient-oriented research.
- Lee SJ, Tiro JA, Bishop WP, Sheppard PD, Skinner CS Am J Bioeth 2011 Nov 11 11 42-3
- Uncertain Futures: Individual Risk and Social Context in Decision-Making in Cancer Screening.
- Lee SJ Health, risk & society 2010 Apr 12 2 101-117
A View from White Flint: Ambiguity, Identity and Disparities in Cancer. In Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology
McMullin, J and Weiner, D. (2009). Santa Fe, NM, School for Advanced Research SAR Press
Organizational Practice & Social Constraints: Problems of Identity Data in Cancer Care and Research. In Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research
Gomez, L and Lopez, N. (2013). New Jersey, Rutgers University Press
Ethics of Articulation: Constiuting identity in a Catholic hospital system. In Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare
Sorrell Dinkins, C and Sorrell, J. (2006). Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin Press
Honors & Awards
- Community-based research pilot award, Program for the development and evaluation of model community health initiatives in Dallas, UTSW Office of the President
"Do Hispanics have a recovery advantage in Dallas? Racial and ethnic variation in longitudinal hospitalization patters in the Parkland safety-net system (2014-2016)
- School for Advanced Research, Applied anthropology seminar: Negotiating structural vulnerability in cancer control: Contemporary challenges for applied anthropology
Multi-day advanced seminar in Santa Fe; SfAA plenary session; leading to edited volume 2015. (2014-2015)
- Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD), UT Southwestern
Inaugural cohort of faculty leadership training program (2013-2013)
- NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
Inaugural cohort of national postdoctoral training institute (2012-2012)
- American Cancer Society-IRG
Special Interest Award for Cancer Disparities Research (2011-2012)
- NIH Health Disparities LRP Award
Peer-reviewed loan repayment award recognizing research in cancer disparities (2009-2011)
- Distinguished Dissertation, Graduate Division, UCSF
Nomination to Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation in the Social Sciences (2003)
- Executive Program Committee, American Anthropology Association (presidential appointment) (2014-2014)
- American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
- Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
- North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
- Society for Medical Anthropology ; Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists