Sei Lee, MD, MAS

Professor of Medicine, Geriatrician, SFVAMC, Senior Physician Scholar Emeritus, VA Quality Scholars Fellowship

Sei Lee is an 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.
Cert, 2005 - Medicine (Advance Training in Clinical Research), University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • 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