Dr. Vivian Lee graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College at age 19 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she received a Ph.D. in medical engineering. Returning to Harvard Medical School, she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in Body and Cardiovascular MRI and Thoracic Imaging at NYU. In 2006, she added three more initials after her name, graduating as valedictorian with an MBA degree at NYU's Stern School of Business. She went on to serve as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of New York University Langone Medical Center. Lee’s research credentials are equally impressive. She’s published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies, is the author of Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols, and is currently the principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She’s also the acting chair of the Association of American Medical College's advisory panel on research. In July, 2011, Lee headed West with her husband, Benedict Kingsbury and their four daughters to settle in Salt Lake City. She currently leads the University of Utah Health Sciences, which includes five major schools (School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health) and a health care system comprised of four hospitals, dozens of clinical and research specialty centers, a network of 10 Salt Lake City-area health centers, a health plan, and over 1,000 board-certified physicians serving patients from six western states. Lee sees the current challenges around health care not as a threat but as an unprecedented opportunity to rethink everything we do and transform our system.
Over the past 2 years, she’s focused on streamlining processes and improving efficiency in health care to provide the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. Two of her key initiatives have been implementing Lean Management principles into the health care system and creating a new costing tool called Value-Driven Outcomes (VDO). She is dedicated to ensuring that patients in the University of Utah's Region have access to the best and most efficient health care available. When not working, Lee and her family have been exploring Utah’s backcountry and discovering all of the different activities made possible by what the state claims is “the greatest snow on Earth.”