Joyce Lee, MD, MPH

Joyce M. Lee, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center

300 North Ingalls 6E14
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5456

Tel: 734-615-8907; Fax: 734-232-1400

E-mail: joyclee[at]umich[dot]edu


Curriculum Vitae

Biography, Education, Fellowship, Residency, Programs


Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is an Endocrinologist and Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. She is a researcher and designer who is passionate about the notion that human centered design thinking can and will transform the delivery of clinical care and the biomedical research enterprise. Her research focuses on the use of emerging technologies (mobile technology, data visualization, participatory game design, social media) and the creation of learning health systems (incorporating health systems design and design/ethnography) for improving outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She co-leads an interdisciplinary collaborative called HealthDesignBy.Us, which supports patients as experts and "makers" in the creation of tools, technologies, and systems for their own health.

Dr Lee attended Brown University for her undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania for her medical degree, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She completed internship and residency in General Pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Children's Hospital, Boston and Boston Medical Center). She completed dual training in Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Health Services Research and received a Master in Public Health from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan.  In 2009, she was named a Brehm Investigator by the Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research.

Her overall research trajectory has focused on the overarching themes of obesity and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Because of her specialized training, she has been able to approach these problems from a unique vantage point, using a variety of methodologies including applied clinical research, epidemiologic analyses of nationally representative data, state transition modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, as well as design and emerging technologies (design ethnography, participatory design, human-centered design, quality improvement science, and digital/social media communications). She has 77 peer-reviewed publications, and has been the recipient of multiple NIH grants focused on childhood obesity, linear growth, and type 2 diabetes risk. Through and NIH R01 grant she is studying the longitudinal performance of conventional and metabolomic biomarkers for identifying children with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.  Through an AHRQ R21 grant, she is using methods of human-centered design to develop prototypes of effective context-aware mobile technology systems and patient-centered personalized interactive data visualizations for individuals with type 1 diabetes. In addition, she is working with the Nightscout community to develop a research focused virtual collaborative innovation network of patients and caregivers.  Finally, Dr. Lee serves as the Social Media/Web Editor for the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Pediatrics.


M.P.H., Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, 2006
M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000    
B.A., Brown University,1995


Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Health Services Research, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, 2003-2006


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston & Boston Medical Center, Harvard Medical School 2000-2003


Mott Mobile Technology for Enhancing Child Health