Dr Lee has been very active in national leadership positions for over 20 years and currently serves as the President for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
She is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Division of Pediatric and Public Health at the University of North Carolina. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr Lee received her MPH and DDS degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was also a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient.
She is board certified Pediatric Dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals and practices in the Dental Faculty Practice in the School of Dentistry. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research.
Her primary research interests are in health literacy, access to dental care for young children, and health disparities. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 AAPD Jerome Miller “For the Kids” Award.
In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama.