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Nancy C. Lee, M.D.


May 14, 2015

5 Small Changes That Can Improve Your Health in Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond

Sometimes it feels like being healthy is just a list of things we shouldn't do. The no's can steal the joy out of life. What if we told ourselves "yes" instead?

May 12, 2015

Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger

I am 64 years old. There, I admit it. Now that I am older, I'd like to share some of my thoughts on things I wish someone had told me when I was younger.

April 30, 2015

Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Assault

Sexual assault. It's an ugly topic, and one that is difficult to talk about. But we must face the reality that the kids in our lives may be at risk.


Nancy C. Lee, M.D., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health — Women's Health, and Director of the Office on Women's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, a position she has held since March 2011. Her focus has included the Affordable Care Act and women's preventive services, women's health across the lifespan, and violence against women.

For most of her career, she was employed at the CDC where her research and public health efforts focused on cancer screening, the epidemiology of reproductive system cancers, safety of contraceptive methods, and HIV infection among American women. She has extensive experience in women's health, surveillance systems, and cancer prevention and control, and has published over 100 articles in scientific journals. Dr. Lee has consulted with the National Cancer Institute, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society, the Institute of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the World Health Organization, and the Agency for International Development. She participated in research projects in Africa, China, Central America, and Southeast Asia. From 1999–2004, she was Director of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, a division with more than 130 staff and an annual budget of $280 million. She left that position in 2004 to work as a private consultant.

Dr. Lee received a B.A. in mathematics (summa cum laude) from the University of Texas, and an M.D. (cum laude) from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Content last updated: April 12, 2011.

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