Assistant Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Public Health

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Scott Lee, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  

With doctoral training in behavioral and development economics, Dr. Lee’s principal research interests lie in improving the delivery of primary healthcare both in the United States and, especially, in low-income countries. His recent research projects include several field-based randomized controlled trials designed to strengthen large-scale, public-sector frontline health worker programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Dr. Lee graduated with a joint MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in health policy and management from Harvard Business School in. Prior to that, he obtained an MPA in development studies from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an MPhil in environment and development from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Scholar, and a BA in anthropology and comparative religion from Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Lee previously held research and policy positions at the World Health Organization, Partners in Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His work has been supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Weiss Family Program Fund, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the UBS Optimus Foundation, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, and the International Growth Center.


Mphil - Philisophy - University of Cambridge - 2004
Master - Public Administration - Princeton University - 2006
MD - Harvard Medical School - 2015
PhD - Philosophy, Health Policy and Management - Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - 2015
Residency - Internal Medicine - Brigham and Women's Hospital - 2018
Residency - Internal Medicine - Atrius Health - 2018
Fellowship - Clinical Fellow - Harvard Medical School - 2018