Dr. Paul Lee serves as F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Health System and serves in various leadership capacities in the health system.
Dr. Lee has served in several leadership capacities in ophthalmology, including past responsibilities as a Director and immediate past chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, chair of the ARVO Foundation, an at-large member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), a Board member of Prevent Blindness America, and co-chair of the AMA-AAO Consortium Task Force for Eye Care Quality Indicators (PQRI). He has also been a consultant for the CDC and the WHO, as well as RAND. He currently continues to serve as a consultant to the CDC and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Hoskins Center on Patient Safety and Quality for the Foundation of the AAO. In addition, Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Heed Fellows, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society.
Dr. Lee has published over 250 papers on glaucoma and eye care delivery in general, particularly on understanding and improving eye and health care. He has been principal investigator on research projects to evaluate the appropriateness of cataract surgery, the quality of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy care, utilization patterns of eye care, provider workforce analyses for ophthalmology and orthopedics, and analyses of failure patterns for the treatment of diabetes related eye disease and glaucoma. He has also led the ophthalmic portions of other projects investigating conformance with AHCPR guidelines for cataract, utilization and quality of eye care patterns in managed care, and a comparison of fee-for-service to managed care among Medicare patients.
He has received the Lew Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Alcon Institute Research Award, the Senior Achievement Award from the AAO, the Gold Fellow from ARVO, and has been inducted into Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Dr. Lee was also recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has also delivered the American Glaucoma Society Lecture, the Parker-Heath Lecture of the AMA section of ophthalmology, and the Shaffer Lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lee received his law degree from Columbia University in 1986. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan that same year.