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Interim Associate Director for Cancer Workforce Equity Named

Dr. Simon Lee stands facing the camera smiling with arms crossed across his chest

October 10, 2023

Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH, chair and Sosland Family Professor in Preventive Medicine in the Department of Population Health, has been named interim associate director for Cancer Workforce Equity at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. In his new role, Dr. Lee will lead efforts to enhance diversity in the cancer workforce to better represent the breadth of communities experiencing cancer health disparities. This is essential for providing equitable cancer care, advancing research breakthroughs and optimizing health and healthcare. 

A medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee’s expertise lies in implementation science and healthcare delivery research in cancer prevention and control. He recently completed an NCI-funded pragmatic trial to implement care coordination for complex cancer survivors between oncology and primary care in an integrated county health system. Dr. Lee has led multiple studies to optimize rural delivery of cancer screening and early detection services for under- and uninsured individuals. His prior studies of organizational processes influencing disparities in clinical trial accrual contribute to Dr. Lee’s commitment to advancing workforce equity across the cancer continuum.

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