After controversial departure from U of Utah Health, Dr. Vivian Lee leaves university

Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, quietly stepped down as tenured professor of radiology at  Salt Lake City-based University of Utah in April, one year after she resigned as CEO of its health system and dean of its medical school, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Neither the university nor Dr. Lee announced that she had left her post at the time, which marked the end of a contract for a final year at a $1 million salary.

Here are five things to know about Dr. Lee's departure:

1. Dr. Lee stepped down as senior vice president for health sciences, medical school dean and CEO of University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City in May 2017 amid controversy over her firing of the director and CEO of the health system's Huntsman Cancer Institute.

2. A hospital spokesperson told The Salt Lake Tribune Dr. Lee is on unpaid leave through May 1, 2019.

3. Dr. Lee will remain on staff as an adjunct professor in radiology and biomedical engineering, but will not receive any pay or benefits. She is allowed to collaborate on research with other faculty.

4. If Dr. Lee wishes to return to the school before her contract ends, the department head would have to approve it. However, the spokesperson told the publication, "We're not anticipating that she'll come back. She's not engaged with the university at this time."

5. She currently serves as president of health platforms at Google parent Alphabet's life sciences arm Verily, with a focus on patient populations.

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