Joyce Lee MD PhD

Joyce Lee MD PhD

Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She is a pediatric diabetes specialist (Pediatric Endocrinologist) who works with children and families at Mott Children’s Hospital, and she is a clinical researcher whose work focuses on childhood obesity, diabetes, and growth and pubertal development. Her scientific research has been featured in publications including ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

As a physician, she believes strongly in the importance of thinking like a designer when it comes to healthcare, based on her own family’s personal health experiences (click here for more of her thoughts on health care and design). She is the mother of two children with severe food allergies who struggles on a daily basis to protect her young from the dangers of the “bad allergens”.

She is passionate about the power of creativity and design thinking, which she believes can transform healthcare, the educational system, and the personal development of her very own children. But not only is it transformative, it’s just plain fun. 

Dr. Lee is co-director of a mobile technology program for helping adolescents manage their chronic disease, and is the first Social Media Editor for JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed pediatric journal. These roles allow her to pursue her interests in storytelling and social media for health and science communication.


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