CEO Dr. Vivian Lee: Supporting Research and Innovation at University of Utah Health Care

Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, has served as CEO of University of Utah Health Care, a system based in Salt Lake City with four hospitals, 10 neighborhood health centers, an insurance plan and numerous clinical and research specialty centers, since July 2011. She also serves as senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah and dean of the University's School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Utah Health Care, Dr. Lee was vice dean for science, senior vice-president and chief scientific officer at New York University Medical Center. In that role, she developed strategies for building science at NYU and serving as an advocate for research in and outside of NYU, among other duties. During her time at NYU, Dr. Lee helped NYU medical rise from number 36 to 27 in National Institutes of Health funding for medical research, among many other accomplishments.

Dr. Lee carried her passion for research and innovation with her to University of Utah Health Care. "One of the things that's interesting about being in an academic medical center is that you are not just a healthcare delivery system. You have students and trainees around, and then of course you have many, many researchers. It's really in that environment that you can come up with some of the most creative solutions that we need in healthcare," Dr. Lee said in a video titled "The Melody of Innovation."

Further expressing her passion for research, in an entry in her blog, Notes, Dr. Lee expressed concern for the sequester making cuts to NIH's budget — subsequently cutting research funding for the University of Utah and other academic medical centers across the country.

Dr. Lee is board certified in radiology and is a fellow and past president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and a textbook, "Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols."

Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, her PhD in medical engineering from Oxford University and her MBA from New York University.

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