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Simon Craddock Lee, PhD MPH, joined the faculty in late 2008. He serves as Program Co-Leader for Population Sciences & Cancer Control research in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. 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. 

Dr. Lee's science emphasizes mixed-methods approaches to healthcare delivery research, focusing on the culture and organization of cancer screening and cancer survivorship in urban and rural safety-net settings. He is MPI on an NCI award (R01 CA203856) to improve care coordination for patients with multiple chronic conditions also diagnosed with cancer, aka complex cancer survivors. The implementation science study uses mixed-methods to systematically evaluate how local context influences evidence-based intervention effects at the system, clinic, provider and patient levels. Dr. Lee is principal investigator of a mixed-methods implementation study expanding rural breast cancer screening and patient navigation in 35 underserved counties in North Texas, most recently funded by 2018 competitive renewal from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Other active research disease sites include lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers through studies supported by CPRIT and NCI, notably as a Co-Investigator in the Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR II Centers (UM1 CA221940).

As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee advocates for research partnerships that foster learning health systems and other collaborations that enable science to support community priorities. He contributes to culture/behavior and research design curricula in Medical School and Graduate School programs. He has served as mentor/preceptor on seven K-series or other peer-reviewed career development awards for rising investigators, in addition to research consultation for stakeholder engagement, qualitative and mixed-method designs. An Associate Editor of Annals of Family Medicine, he serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Cancer SurvivorshipDr. Lee actively reviews for NIH study sections in implementation science and healthcare delivery research and has reviewed for NSF programs in Cultural Anthropology and in Social & Economic Sciences. 

In 2016, he was appointed to the NCI's Central IRB Cancer Prevention & Control Committee. 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.

Education

Undergraduate
Yale University (1994)
Graduate School
Univ of California-Berkeley (1998)
Graduate School
University of California-San F (2003)

Research Interest

  • Complex patients, multiple chronic conditions
  • Health disparities
  • Implementation science and healthcare delivery research
  • Lung, Colorectal, Cervical, Breast Cancers
  • Medical anthropology
  • Qualitative research methods

Publications

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Science, Surveillance, and the Politics of Redress in Health Disparities Research
Lee, SJC Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts Fall 2009 3/1 51-74
Laypersons' responses to the communication of uncertainty regarding cancer risk estimates.
Han PK, Klein WM, Lehman TC, Massett H, Lee SC, Freedman AN Med Decis Making 2009 May-Jun 29 3 391-403
Conceptual problems in laypersons' understanding of individualized cancer risk: a qualitative study.
Han PK, Lehman TC, Massett H, Lee SJ, Klein WM, Freedman AN Health Expect 2009 Mar 12 1 4-17
Health science: from bench to bedside to trench and back.
Lee SJ Nature 2008 Jul 454 7202 274
In a secular spirit: strategies of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Lee SJ Health Care Anal 2002 10 4 339-56

Books

Featured Books Legend Featured Books

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

  • Steering Committee, NCI Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC)
    (2020-2021)
  • 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)
  • Executive Program Committee, Annual Meetings, American Anthropology Association
    (presidential appointment) (2013-2014)
  • 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

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Society for Preventive Oncology (ASPO)
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
  • North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • Society for Medical Anthropology ; Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists