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Honoring Dr. Elisa T. Lee

Honoring Dr. Elisa T. Lee


Published: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dr. Elisa T. Lee is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus and Regents’ Professor Emeritus in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She served as Dean of the College from 1994-2002. She was the Founder and Director of the Center for American Indian Health Research from 1994 until her retirement in 2017. She is devoted to research and training to improve health and reduce health disparities in the American Indian population. Dr. Lee spent over 30 years focusing on research in Native American population, bringing more than $50M in research funds to OU, mostly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has published more than 270 technical papers in a variety of prestigious journals, primarily focused on Indian health and particularly relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and eye disease. Her book “Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis”, published by John Wiley & Sons, is now in its fourth edition and has been a popular textbook and reference. She served on numerous advisory committees and study sections of many federal and other agencies including the NIH, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Institute of Medicine. In 2010 she established the Elisa T. Lee scholarship to support student studying biostatistics and epidemiology.  In 2019 Dr. Lee established the Elisa T. Lee Distinguished Lecture which supports an annual guest lecturer at the Hudson College of Public Health.

The 2021 Elisa T. Lee Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, September 30 at noon, and will feature Dr. Julie E. Ledgerwood, D.O.   Dr. Ledgerwood is the Deputy Director, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief of the Clinical Trials Program for the Vaccine Research Center, NIAID. The title of her lecture is “COVID-19 Vaccine Development”. For more details, including a link to join, visit: https://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/About/Grand-Rounds