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Nancy C. Lee, M.D.


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Photo of Dr. LeeNancy C. Lee, M.D., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and the Director of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At OWH, Dr. Lee oversees a staff of about 30 who work together to accomplish the OWH mission: provide leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs. Dr. Lee also chairs the Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH), which was formed in 1984 to advise the Assistant Secretary for Health on activities across HHS that safeguard and improve the physical and mental health of women and girls. The CCWH includes senior‐level representatives from each of the HHS agencies.

Dr. Lee worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a medical epidemiologist for more than 22 years, from 1981 to 2004. During her career at CDC, Dr. Lee's research focused on cancer screening and early detection, the epidemiology of reproductive system cancers, the safety of contraceptive methods, and HIV infection among American women. She has extensive experience in women's health, cancer prevention and control, data analysis, epidemiology, and surveillance systems. She has published more than 95 articles in such journals as JAMA, JNCI, New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control, and American Journal of Epidemiology. While at CDC, Dr. Lee served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Union Against Cancer, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She participated in research projects in Africa, China, Central America, and Southeast Asia. In her most recent role at CDC, as Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) from 1999 to 2004, Dr. Lee provided overall guidance and vision for DCPC, a division with more than 130 staff and a 2004 budget of $280 million.

Prior to joining OWH in 2011, she worked for seven years as a private consultant in the areas of public health, epidemiology, and cancer control, consulting with a variety of organizations, including CDC, ACS, WHO, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

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. She is the proud mother of two (young adult) children.

Content last updated July 14, 2014.

Resources last updated July 14, 2014.

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