Faculty ProfilesSei Lee, MD
4150 Clement St., Building 1
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810 ext. 4543
Sei Lee is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Senior Scholar for the San Francisco VA Quality Scholars fellowship. His research focuses on improving the targeting of preventive interventions in older adults to maximize benefits and minimize harms. Dr. Lee attended medical school at the University of Illinois-Rockford, then moved to UCSF where he completed Primary Care Internal Medicine residency and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship. He also completed the VA Quality Scholars fellowship, receiving advanced training in methodologies related to healthcare quality from the San Francisco VA and obtained a Master's degree in clinical research from UCSF.
Dr. Lee joined the Division of Geriatrics faculty in 2007. Dr. Lee's research examines how a patient's health status can help individualize preventive and treatment decisions, with a special focus on diabetes care for frail nursing home residents. Dr. Lee is an expert in clinical prediction and has published research on predicting mortality, functional decline, dementia and pneumonia. In his clinical work, Dr. Lee supervises and trains residents, fellows and medical students while providing care for internal medicine and palliative care patients at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
When not at work, he's usually trying to entertain his 3 kids. He enjoys commuting on his scooter, hiking and mountain biking.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||Cert||Medicine (Advance Training in Clinical Research)||2005|
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Committee Service Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Best Clinical-Decision Making Paper, American Geriatrics Society, 2012
Merck/AGS New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2012
Beeson Scholar in Aging Research, National Institute on Aging and the American Federation of Aging Research, 2011
Ann Internal Med Top Grade Reviewer, UCSF, 2010
Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence Scholar, UCSF, 2010
J Gen Internal Med Distinguished Reviewer, UCSF, 2009
Hartford Foundation Outcomes Research Scholar, UCSF, 2008
Commencement Speaker, University of Illinois, 1999
King's College (London) Scholarship, University of Illinois, 1999
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Illinois, 1997
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In the News
- New Clinical Tool Assesses Health Risks for Older Adults (Mar 05, 2013)
- Standard Measures of Clinical Care of Blood Pressure Misleading, Say Researchers (Jun 05, 2012)
- Pursuit of Health Care Quality Standards May Harm the Elderly (Oct 04, 2011)
Recent Articles (47)
Stephens CE, Hunt LJ, Bui N, Halifax E, Ritchie CS, Lee SJ. Palliative Care Eligibility, Symptom Burden, and Quality-of-Life Ratings in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 01; 178(1):141-142.
Steinman MA, Zullo AR, Lee Y, Daiello LA, Boscardin WJ, Dore DD, Gan S, Fung K, Lee SJ, Komaiko KD, Mor V. Association of ß-Blockers With Functional Outcomes, Death, and Rehospitalization in Older Nursing Home Residents After Acute Myocardial Infarction. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Feb 01; 177(2):254-262.
Barnhart C, McClymont K, Smith AK, Au-Yeung A, Lee SJ. "Everyone else gets ice cream here more often than I do--It burns me up"--Perspectives on Diabetes Care from Nursing Home Residents and their Doctors. BMC Geriatr. 2016 Jan 26; 16:28.
Stephens C, Halifax E, Bui N, Lee SJ, Harrington C, Shim J, Ritchie C. Provider Perspectives on the Influence of Family on Nursing Home Resident Transfers to the Emergency Department: Crises at the End of Life. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2015; 2015:893062.
Lee SJ, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Barnhart C, McClymont K, Steinman MA. Changing Patterns of Glucose-Lowering Medication Use in VA Nursing Home Residents With Diabetes, 2005 to 2011. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Oct 01; 16(10):898.e9-14.
Hsu A, Conell-Price J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Eng C, Huang AJ, Rice-Trumble K, Lee SJ. Predictors of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling frail older adults with diabetes mellitus in a cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatr. 2014 Dec 16; 14:137.
Lee SJ, Ritchie CS, Yaffe K, Stijacic Cenzer I, Barnes DE. A clinical index to predict progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e113535.
Stephens CE, Sackett N, Govindarajan P, Lee SJ. Emergency department visits and hospitalizations by tube-fed nursing home residents with varying degrees of cognitive impairment: a national study. BMC Geriatr. 2014 Mar 20; 14:35.
Stephens C, Sackett N, Pierce R, Schopfer D, Schmajuk G, Moy N, Bachhuber M, Wallhagen MI, Lee SJ. Transitional care challenges of rehospitalized veterans: listening to patients and providers. Popul Health Manag. 2013 Oct; 16(5):326-31.
Yau CK, Eng C, Cenzer IS, Boscardin WJ, Rice-Trumble K, Lee SJ. Glycosylated hemoglobin and functional decline in community-dwelling nursing home-eligible elderly adults with diabetes mellitus. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jul; 60(7):1215-21.
Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Stijacic Cenzer I, Huang ES, Rice-Trumble K, Eng C. The risks and benefits of implementing glycemic control guidelines in frail older adults with diabetes mellitus. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Apr; 59(4):666-72.
Williams BA, McGuire J, Lindsay RG, Baillargeon J, Cenzer IS, Lee SJ, Kushel M. Coming home: health status and homelessness risk of older pre-release prisoners. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1038-44.
Jennings LA, Auerbach AD, Maselli J, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PK, Lee SJ. Missed opportunities for osteoporosis treatment in patients hospitalized for hip fracture. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Apr; 58(4):650-7.
Splaine ME, Ogrinc G, Gilman SC, Aron DC, Estrada CA, Rosenthal GE, Lee S, Dittus RS, Batalden PB. The Department of Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program: experience from 10 years of training quality scholars. Acad Med. 2009 Dec; 84(12):1741-8.
Walter LC, Lindquist K, Nugent S, Schult T, Lee SJ, Casadei MA, Partin MR. Impact of age and comorbidity on colorectal cancer screening among older veterans. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Apr 07; 150(7):465-73.
Lee SJ, Sudore RL, Williams BA, Lindquist K, Chen HL, Covinsky KE. Functional limitations, socioeconomic status, and all-cause mortality in moderate alcohol drinkers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jun; 57(6):955-62.
Lee SJ, Moody-Ayers SY, Landefeld CS, Walter LC, Lindquist K, Segal MR, Covinsky KE. The relationship between self-rated health and mortality in older black and white Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Oct; 55(10):1624-9.