Lisa M. Lee, associate vice president for research and innovation in the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance and faculty member in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed to the Education Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her term began March 2021.

Lee, a public health expert specializing in infectious disease epidemiology and public health ethics, has mentored graduate students and public health professionals and developed and taught numerous courses in public health ethics over her 30-year career.

Since March 2020, Lee has been highly sought after by the media, quoted more than 1,800 times by broadcast, print, and online news outlets based in over 35 countries on COVID-19 related topics.

Lee has worked in public health and ethics at the local, state, and federal levels, which includes her appointment as the inaugural chief of bioethics at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and 14 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the Obama administration, she served as executive director of the Presidential Bioethics Commission. 

These experiences position Lee to contribute to the mission of the Education Board, which is to maintain and enhance professional knowledge, increase technical proficiencies, and enable members to promote and protect environmental and community health. “Dr. Lee brings exceptional experience in public health education and leadership to the Education Board,” said Greg Pavela, APHA Ethics Section chair, who nominated her for the position.

According to the national association's website, the purpose of the Education Board is to assure a better educated public health workforce and an informed public. Appointed members review, advise, guide, and advocate for policies and programs to advance public health education and practice.