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Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, writer, and health journalist. He has over two decades experience in industry and academia developing mathematical and computational models to assist a wide range of decision makers in health and public health. Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health where he is the Executive Director of PHICOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which he founded in 2007, and a Professor by Courtesy at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His previous positions include serving as Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC), Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen.

He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund and USAID. He also has served as a systems science and modeling expert for numerous advisory boards and committees such as the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee to evaluate the Dietary Guidelines of America process.

Dr. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 65 last author) nearly all of which have focused of systems science and using systems methods as well as three books.

Dr. Lee has written extensively for the general media. He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes, covering a wide range of health-related topics including medicine, wellness, digital health and the business of health and having written over 800 articles. His writing has also appeared in a number of other media outlets including Time, The Guardian, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego. His Twitter handle is @bruce_y_lee


  • 2007–present
    Founder and Executive Director, PHICOR (Public Health Informatics, Computational, and Operations Research)
  • 2016–present
    Professor, by Courtesy, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 2015–present
    Senior Contributor, Forbes
  • 2019–present
    Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
  • 2014–2019
    Executive Director, Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC)
  • 2013–2019
    Associate Professor of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2005–2013
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Pittsburgh


  • 1998 
    MD- Harvard Medical School, MBA- Stanford Graduate School of Business, MD, MBA