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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
Univ of California-Berkeley (1998)
Graduate School
University of California-San F (2003)

Research Interest

  • Health disparities
  • Lung, Colorectal, Breast Cancers
  • Medical anthropology
  • Organizational behavior, health services research
  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Urban & rural underserved


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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)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • 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