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Nancy C. Lee, M.D.


December 3, 2013

One Woman's Story: Living With a Disability

Women can be affected by many different types of disabilities, each of which presents a unique set of challenges. Disabilities can impact a woman’s ability to move, see, or even communicate.

November 21, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is when the Office on Women's Health recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

November 21, 2013

Q&A: Smoking and How It Affects Women

Did you know that two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, a woman’s heart attack risk begins to drop?


Nancy C. Lee, M.D., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health – Women's Health and the Director of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Until this appointment, she worked for seven years as a private consultant in the areas of public health, epidemiology, and cancer control. Prior to that time, she worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more than 22 years; more than 10 of those years were at the Division Director or Associate Director level.

Dr. Lee's research has focused on cancer screening and early detection, the epidemiology of reproductive system cancers, safety of contraceptive methods, and HIV infection among American women. She has extensive experience in women's health, cancer prevention and control, data analysis, epidemiology, and surveillance systems. She has published more than 95 articles in such journals as JAMA, JNCI, The New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control, and American Journal of Epidemiology. During her years at CDC, Dr. Lee served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Food and Drug Administration, American Cancer Society (ACS), the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Union Against Cancer, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She participated in research projects in Africa, China, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Lee received a B.A. in mathematics (summa cum laude) from the University of Texas, and an M.D. (cum laude) from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and is board-certified in internal medicine.

In her most recent role at CDC, as Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) from 1999-2004, Dr. Lee provided overall guidance and vision for DCPC, a division with more than 130 staff and a 2004 budget of $280 million. Dr. Lee left that position in March, 2004, to work as a private consultant. In that capacity, she consulted with a variety of organizations, including CDC, ACS, WHO, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and the law firm of Watson & Renner.

Content last updated April 12, 2011.

Resources last updated April 18, 2014.

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