Faculty Profiles

Sei Lee, MD
M_MED-GERI-CORE
Associate Professor

4150 Clement St., Building 1
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810
Sei.Lee@ucsf.edu

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

2014   Outstanding Committee Service Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
2012   Merck/AGS New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2012
2012   Best Clinical-Decision Making Paper, American Geriatrics Society, 2012
2011   Beeson Scholar in Aging Research, National Institute on Aging and the American Federation of Aging Research, 2011
2010   Ann Internal Med Top Grade Reviewer, UCSF, 2010
2010   Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence Scholar, UCSF, 2010
2009   J Gen Internal Med Distinguished Reviewer, UCSF, 2009
2008   Hartford Foundation Outcomes Research Scholar, UCSF, 2008
1999   King's College (London) Scholarship, University of Illinois, 1999
1999   Commencement Speaker, University of Illinois, 1999
1997   Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Illinois, 1997

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In the News

Recent Articles (43)

Lee SJ. Glycemic Control and Functionality in Nursing Homes-More Than HbA1c-Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jun 01; 177(6):894.

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. 2016 Dec 12.

Romo RD, Lee SJ. Changes in Social Function as a Trigger to Screen for Cognitive Impairment. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 31(8):826-7.

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; 16(1):28.

Romo RD, Lee SJ, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. Subjective, Objective, and Observed Long-term Survival: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Dec 1; 175(12):1986-8.

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 1; 16(10):898.e9-898.e14.

Tang V, Boscardin WJ, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Lee SJ. Time to benefit for colorectal cancer screening: survival meta-analysis of flexible sigmoidoscopy trials. BMJ. 2015; 350:h1662.

Lee SJ, Jacobson MA, Johnston CB. Improving Diabetes Care for Hospice Patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016 Jul; 33(6):517-9.

Chodos AH, Lee SJ. Journalists, district attorneys and researchers: why IRBs should get in the middle. BMC Med Ethics. 2015; 16:19.

Hsu A, Nakagawa S, Walter LC, Van Den Eeden SK, Brown JS, Thom DH, Lee SJ, Huang AJ. The burden of nocturia among middle-aged and older women. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jan; 125(1):35-43.

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; 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.

McClymont KM, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera E, Miao Y, Smith AK. Usefulness and effect of online prognostic calculators. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec; 62(12):2444-5.

Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Kirby KA, Covinsky KE. Individualizing life expectancy estimates for older adults using the Gompertz Law of Human Mortality. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e108540.

Lee SJ. So much insulin, so much hypoglycemia. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 May; 174(5):686-8.

Lee SJ, Leipzig RM, Walter LC. Lag time to benefit for preventive therapies--reply. JAMA. 2014 Apr 16; 311(15):1567-8.

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; 14:35.

Barnes DE, Cenzer IS, Yaffe K, Ritchie CS, Lee SJ. A point-based tool to predict conversion from mild cognitive impairment to probable Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Nov; 10(6):646-55.

Lee SJ, Leipzig RM, Walter LC. Incorporating lag time to benefit into prevention decisions for older adults. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25; 310(24):2609-10.

Lee SJ, Karter AJ, Thai JN, Van Den Eeden SK, Huang ES. Glycemic control and urinary incontinence in women with diabetes mellitus. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Dec; 22(12):1049-55.

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.

Cruz M, Covinsky K, Widera EW, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Lee SJ. Predicting 10-year mortality for older adults. JAMA. 2013 Mar 6; 309(9):874-6.

Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Conell-Price J, O'Brien S, Walter LC. Time lag to benefit after screening for breast and colorectal cancer: meta-analysis of survival data from the United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Denmark. BMJ. 2013; 346:e8441.

Steinman MA, Lee SJ, John Boscardin W, Miao Y, Fung KZ, Moore KL, Schwartz JB. Patterns of multimorbidity in elderly veterans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Oct; 60(10):1872-80.

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.

Steinman MA, Lee SJ, Peterson CA, Fung KZ, Goldstein MK. A clinically guided approach for improving performance measurement for hypertension. Med Care. 2012 May; 50(5):399-405.

Yourman LC, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera EW, Smith AK. Prognostic indices for older adults: a systematic review. JAMA. 2012 Jan 11; 307(2):182-92.

Barnes DE, Lee SJ. Predicting Alzheimer's risk: why and how? Alzheimers Res Ther. 2011; 3(6):33.

Lee SJ, Walter LC. Quality indicators for older adults: preventing unintended harms. JAMA. 2011 Oct 5; 306(13):1481-2.

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.

Lee SJ, Eng C. Goals of glycemic control in frail older patients with diabetes. JAMA. 2011 Apr 6; 305(13):1350-1.

Lee SJ, Steinman MA, Tan EJ. Volunteering, driving status, and mortality in U.S. retirees. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Feb; 59(2):274-80.

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 7; 150(7):465-73.

Kernisan LP, Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Landefeld CS, Dudley RA. Association between hospital-reported Leapfrog Safe Practices Scores and inpatient mortality. JAMA. 2009 Apr 1; 301(13):1341-8.

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, Go AS, Lindquist K, Bertenthal D, Covinsky KE. Chronic conditions and mortality among the oldest old. Am J Public Health. 2008 Jul; 98(7):1209-14.

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.

Lee SJ, Lindquist K, Segal MR, Covinsky KE. Development and validation of a prognostic index for 4-year mortality in older adults. JAMA. 2006 Feb 15; 295(7):801-8.

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