Vivian Lee to give annual Stead Lecture November 9

Monday, September 24, 2018


Vivian Lee, MD, PhD

Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, an academic radiologist and member of the National Academy of Medicine, whose career brought her to the role of a health system CEO and medical school dean, will present the Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD, Lecture at Medicine Grand Rounds on Friday, November 9, 2018 as part of Duke’s Medical Alumni Weekend.

Dr. Lee earned her M.D. with honors from Harvard Medical School and subsequently completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Duke University and a fellowship in MRI at NYU Medical Center. Most recently, she joined Verily, a health care company in Alphabet/Google, where she is president of health platforms. She also earned she a doctorate in medical engineering from the University of Oxford, and a master of business administration degree at NYU's Stern School of Business.

“The final frontier for technology’s pervasive influence, it seems, is health care,” said Dr. Lee. “In medicine and in health, how can we learn from the ways in which most other businesses are leveraging big data, analytics, machine learning, and the omnipresent internet? And how are our patients evolving in their expectations as consumers, even as health consumers?”

Lee will explore these questions in her presentation, Technology & Health Care: Evolution, transformation or disruption?, and talk about ideas in the tech-driven economy, such as mass customization and the co-production of services, and what they mean for health care, using examples of new sensors and apps and other technologies. 

Lee also will explore these advances in the context of our evolving health care payment landscape. She will consider what value-based payments and shared-savings models mean for health care systems and provide examples of how data and analytics can engage physicians and patients for successful transformation.

The presentation will take place in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education, beginning at 8 a.m. It will be streamed live.

About the Stead Lecture

The annual lecture honors Eugene Stead, chair of the Department of Medicine from 1947 to 1967. Dr. Stead founded the Duke Cardiovascular Disease Research Database, which today serves as the resource for the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and he also founded the nation’s first physician assistant program at Duke in the 1960s.

Previous speakers: 

  • 2017: Roger M. Stein, PhD, of MIT, spoke about alternative mechanisms for funding cancer research
  • 2016: Robert J. Margolis, spoke about population health
  • 2015: Mark McClellan, former FDA comissioner, now director of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • 2014: John B. Simpson, MD, of Avinger
  • 2013: Ralph Snyderman, former chancellor of health affairs, spoke about his friend and Nobel winner Robert Lefkowitz
  • 2012: John Whyte, chief medical officer for the Discover Channel
  • 2011: Jack Fuessner, executive senior associate dean for Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2010: Ed Buckley, vice dean for education, spoke on innovation in medical education