Dr. Lee is interested in application of clinical epidemiology and health services research methods in organizational quality improvement. In the last few years, he has turned his focus from risk stratification strategies for common syndromes (e.g. acute chest pain) to measurement of quality and patient outcomes, and to development and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care.
This research focus is complemented by Dr. Lee’s role as CEO of Partners Community Healthcare, Inc., and Network President for Partners Healthcare System. Examples of ongoing research include: evaluation of a critical pathway of interventions aimed at prevention of hospitalization for patients with chronic congestive heart failure; and evaluation of patient satisfaction.
In future years, Dr. Lee expects that the setting for his research will increasingly be in the community setting or across the continuum of care, as opposed to within the hospital.