Elisa T. Lee, Ph.D.




Regents Professor (Emeritus)​
George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology;

Director, Center for American Indian Health Research

Phone: (405) 271-3090
Office: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 112B
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Email: Elisa-Lee@ouhsc.edu

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. New York University, N.Y.
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley.
  • B.A. National Taiwan University, Taiwan, China.

Appointments and Positions:

  • Regents Professor, 2011-present.
  • George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 1990-Present.
  • Director, Center for American Indian Health Research, 1994-present.
  • Dean, College of Public Health, 1994-2002.
  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health, 1992-94.
  • Fellow, American Statistical Association, 1996.
  • Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 1985-1990.

Complete List of Publications:


Most Recent 5 Publications:

Book:  Lee, ET and Wang, JW, Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis, 4 th edition, John Wiley, Hoboken, N.J., 2013.

Papers (selected from 230+):

  • Xu J, Lee ET, Devereux R, Umans JG, Best LG, Paranilam J, Howard, BV.  Differences in risk factors for coronary heart disease among diabetic and nondiabetic individuals from a population with high rates of diabetes: The Strong Heart Study.  J. Clin. Endo. & Metabolism. 2012, 97(10): 3766-3774.

  • Lee ET, Jobe JB, Yeh J, Ali T, Rhoades ER, Knehans AW, Willis DJ, Johnson MR, Zhang Y, Poolaw B, Rogers B. A cardiovascular risk reduction program for American Indians with metabolic syndrome: The Balance Study. J. of Primary Prevention (JOPP).Published first online, Sept. 2, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10935-012-0273-0.
  • Blackett P, Khan S, Wang W, Alaupovic P, Lee ET. Sex differences in HDL, apoC-III in American Indian youth. Biology of Sex Differences. 2012, 3:18.
  • Ali R, Lee ET, Knehans AW, Zhang Y, Yeh J, Rhoades ER, Ali T, Johnson MR. Dietary intake among American Indians with metabolic syndrome – comparison to dietary recommendations: the Balance Study. International Journal of Health and Nutrition 2013,4(1): 33-45.
  • Zhang Y, Lee ET, Howard BV, Best LG, Umans JG, Yeh J, Wang W, Yeh F, Ali T,Devereux RB, de Simone G. Insulin resistance, incident cardiovascular diseases, and decreased kidney function among nondiabetic American Indians: The Strong Heart Study.Diabetes Care 2013, 36: 3195–3200.

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and eye disease
  • American Indian health
  • Prevention research