Associate Provost, Tufts University
Mary Y. Lee, M.D., M.S., is Associate Provost for Tufts University, Professor of Medicine, and former Dean for Educational Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine.
As Associate Provost, Dr. Lee facilitates multidisciplinary educational and global health initiatives spanning Tufts’ seven undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. As founder and chair of the Tufts Global Health Council, Dr. Lee facilitates trans-institutional collaboration and commitment to active citizenship with the aim to improve global health through mutually productive academic partnerships
Dr. Lee has a particular interest in how faculty development, leadership training, information technology, and open access can transform education and training, ultimately resulting in improved education and health of the public. Since the mid-1990’s, Dr. Lee has worked with a talented multidisciplinary team that has developed Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK), an open-source enterprise curriculum and knowledge management system that has won national recognition, and is used by a growing number of institutions on four continents. Dr. Lee is technical lead for One Health Core Competency development and training for the USAID RESPOND initiative that is part of USAID’s global Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. Her current work involving ten institutions across South East Asia will be able to take advantage of the network training models (including TUSK and mobile access) that she helped pilot in India over the past several years.
Dr. Lee is a strong advocate and steward for a wide range of open access initiatives that promote the development and sharing of high quality content, coupled with faculty training in the effective uses of technology to support academic programs. Open.Tufts is the University’s portal that includes Tufts OpenCourseWare and other major open academic resources. She is also a Board Member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, of which Tufts is a member institution. Dr. Lee helped launch and supports innovative programming through the Center of the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Tufts Academic Leadership Development Program, and the University Seminar. To advance information and data management, Dr. Lee is responsible for Tufts’ Digital Collections and Archives with its open access Digital Repository, and University Library Technology Services; and is an ex officio member and sponsor of the University Library Council for the University’s five libraries. She oversees Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) which brings together a rich array of programming across the University to promote environmental education, research, outreach, and service toward a sustainable future.
Dr. Lee formerly was Dean for Educational Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine where she was the strategic and operational leader in curriculum, evaluation, faculty development, and grants that supported the evolving education of future physicians. Dr. Lee promoted forward-looking uses of educational technology in health sciences education for which she is internationally recognized, and for which she is a frequent guest professor through invited talks and visiting professorships. While fostering collaboration, continuous reflection and ongoing improvement among faculty, staff, and students, she led the school-wide effort to develop TUSM’s strategic plan for its new curriculum (2004-2006), and received the Tufts University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006, and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Dr. Lee currently serves as a Board Member for the Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors.
Board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, Dr. Lee practiced general internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center until 2004; she is a fellow (FACP) and laureate of the American College of Physicians. She received her B.A. and M.D. from Tufts University, and trained at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Lee also holds degrees in Health Services Research (M.S.) and Asian Studies (M.A.) from Stanford University.
Mary Y. Lee
Associate Provost, Tufts University
M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine (1983); Trained in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center (1986); M.S. in Health Services Research, Stanford University (1979), M. A. in Asian Studies, Stanford University (1979); B.A., Independent Plans of Study, summa cum laude, Tufts University (1975)
Associate Provost (2001-present); Professor of Medicine (2007-present); Board Member, Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors (2012-present); attending staff, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Currently focused on faculty and institutional development, including Academic Leadership Development; improving teaching, learning, and mentoring across institutions and international networks; curriculum reform; institutional change and capacity building; open access initiatives, and effective use of technology in academic institutions. Previously taught for two decades at all levels of medical education from students through faculty, across general internal medicine and clinical teaching, including psychosocial/ethical issues, interviewing and physical exam skills, cultural competency, health care reform, clinical teaching skills, mentoring, community-based teaching, managed care education, teaching portfolios, problem-based learning case writing, and information technology in medical education.
Former Positions & Professorships
Dean for Educational Affairs, Tufts University School of Medicine (1994-2006); Associate Professor (2000-2007), Assistant Professor, TUSM (1986-2000); Director of Third- and Fourth-year Clerkships in Medicine (1986- 1999); Director, Residency Ambulatory Training in Medicine (1990-1992); Faculty Development Director, Department of Medicine (1990-1995); Faculty Development Director, Tufts Health Care Institute (1995-2003)
Interdisciplinary, multi-institutional educational and global health programs; open academic resources (OARs); effective uses of information technology in education and training; faculty development
Grants received from Higher Education for Development, USAID, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenges Grant, Department of Health and Human Services, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, among others.
American College of Physicians Laureate Award 2010, Tufts University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award 2008, Tufts University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award 2006, Tufts University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Awards (1992, 1994)
Notable Professional Affiliations
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – multiple committees/working groups within the organization, including Past-Chair of the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA), steering committee member of the Group on Educational Affairs, invited member of the external advisory committee to review AAMC’s definition of underrepresented minorities; Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM), Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM); Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM); American College of Physicians (ACP); Invited member, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Study Section, National Institutes of Health (NIH); Invited member, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation Working Group on Population Health and Medical Education; Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching; Harvard-Macy Institute, Program for Physician-Educators.
Related Web Sites
Sloan Summit Key Note on Open Access Initiatives (Download)
Open Access Fund
Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
Academic Leadership Development Program
Digital Collections and Archives
Tufts Institute for the Environment