Janice S. Lee, DDS, MD, MS, has been appointed as the clinical director of NIDCR’s Division of Intramural Research. Lee, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joined NIDCR as the deputy clinical director in 2013, after a decade at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
“In the short time she has been intramural deputy clinical director, Dr. Lee has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader with a deep comprehension of the importance of basic research as well as the tireless dedication to translating preclinical research results into protocols for clinical studies,” said NIDCR Director Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD. “I am delighted that Dr. Lee has agreed with great enthusiasm to serve in this new role as clinical director.”
As the clinical director, Lee will oversee the intramural clinical activities that promote the translation of basic science discoveries into clinical practice and that train the next generation of scientists pursuing research careers in oral health. At the NIH Clinical Center, Lee’s clinical and translational research program is exploring the natural history and genetic etiology of craniofacial anomalies and growth abnormalities. Her research interests include bone regeneration and stem cell biology, craniofacial congenital anomalies, fibrous dysplasia, and McCune-Albright syndrome.
In 2014, Lee initiated the Craniofacial Anomalies Team and began to conduct regular case reviews of patients who have craniofacial disorders, as well as provide consultations and treatments to patients at the NIH Clinical Center. She also introduced a new curriculum for NIDCR’s clinical research fellowship program. The curriculum includes a weekly clinical case conference, monthly fellows meeting, journal club, clinicopathological conference with videoconferencing, Grand Rounds, and quarterly QA conference. In addition, Lee is responsible for the implementation of an information systems unit in the Office of the Clinical Director and the initiation of a REDCap agreement to facilitate an emphasis on big data, improve workflow systems, and set the foundation for continued intramural and extramural collaborations.
Before joining NIDCR in August 2013, she was professor of clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery and departmental vice chair at the UCSF Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Lee’s clinical practice focused on craniofacial skeletal reconstruction for people born with cleft lip and palate and other dentofacial anomalies, especially hemifacial microsomia. She was a member of the UCSF Craniofacial Anomalies Team and the Craniofacial Mesenchymal Biology Program. In addition, she was the Chair of the Faculty Council for the UCSF School of Dentistry for two terms.
In 2014, Lee completed the leadership program with the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, which is a program dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. Her other honors include a UCSF Champion of Diversity award in 2009, a UCSF Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2002, and an AAOMS Faculty Educator Development Award in 2002.
Lee has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, dozens of abstracts and poster presentations, and several book chapters. In 2014, Lee was chosen to be the editor-in-chief of the new open-access journal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases.
Lee is a member of the American Association for Dental Research, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation, AO Foundation (Craniomaxillofacial Division), American Association of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Lee earned a DDS and an MS from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry and an MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University and a two-year research fellowship in NIDCR’s Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch.