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Clara N. Lee, MD, MPP, FACS

Associate Professor; Director, Surgical Research

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Surgery
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand

Services:
Cancer Services, Multidisciplinary Clinical Services, Breast Center, Reconstructive Surgery
Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand, Reconstructive Surgery

Procedures/Research:
Microsurgery, breast reconstruction, reconstruction of oncologic defects; head and neck reconstruction, health services research.
 
New Patients/Referrals:  919-966-7729
Assistant Name:  Natalle Hatfield
Assistant Phone:  919-966-7729
Assistant Email:  natalle_hatfield@med.unc.edu
Follow-up Appointments:  919-966-6462
Clinical Appointment Phone:  919-843-3734 (UNC Burn Reconstruction & Aesthetic Center)

Website: http://www.med.unc.edu/plastic/faculty
Clara Nan-hi Lee, MPP, MD


Certifications
General Surgery - Board Certified  (2003)
Plastic Surgery - Board Certified  (2005)


Education and Training
Masters: MPP, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1989 - 1991
Research Fellowship: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Health Policy, New York, NY, 1999 - 2000
Area: Health Policy
Medical School: MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1992 - 1996
Residency: New York Hospital Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, 1996 - 2002
Area: Surgery
  University of California San Francisco, San Francisco. CA, 2002 - 2004
Area: Plastic Surgery


Professional Positions
  1. Policy Analyst, United States Health Care Financing Administration Office of Budget and Administration, 1990 (Summer)

  2. Research and Teaching Assistant, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1990-1991

  3. Policy Analyst, United States Health Care Financing Administration Office of Legislation and Policy, 1991-1992

  4. Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2004-present

  5. Junior Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2005-present

  6. Director of Surgical Research for the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2007-present

  7. Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011-present


Honors
  1. Academy of Educators, University of North Carolina, 2011

  2. Health Policy Scholar, American College of Surgeons / American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2011

  3. Early Career Mentoring Program, American College of Surgeons, 2009

  4. Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008

  5. Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making Grant for project "Measuring the Quality of Decisions in Breast Cancer", University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007-present

  6. KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

  7. Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice Fellowship, 2007

  8. NIH Loan Repayment Program, 2006-present

  9. K30 Clinical Research Curriculum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005-present

  10. American Medical Women's Association Glasgow Achievement Citation, 1996

  11. Alpha Omega Alpha, Yale University, 1996


Presentations
  1. Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of California San Francisco Plastic Surgery Hand Conference, San Francisco, California, 2002

  2. Outcomes Research in Surgery: What Is It? Who Cares?
    Authors: Lee CN
    Cornell University Weill Medical College Surgery Grand Rounds, New York, New York, 2002

  3. Algorithm for Complex Wound Management
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of California San Francisco Surgery Grand Rounds, San Francisco, CA, 2003

  4. Volume and Outcomes and Plastic Surgery
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003

  5. Fingertip Injuries
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of California San Francisco Plastic Surgery Hand Conference, San Francisco, California, 2003

  6. Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
    Authors: Lee CN, Mathes SJ
    Plastic Surgery Education Foundation Senior Residents Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2004

  7. Reconstruction of the Complex Wound
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2004

  8. Volume and Outcomes and Plastic Surgery
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2004

  9. Flaps
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Grand Rounds, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005

  10. Fingertip Injury
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Grand Rounds, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005

  11. Reconstructive Surgery
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Department of Surgery Medical Student Lecture Series, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005

  12. Time Management and Learning Strategies
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Department of Surgery Medical Student Clerkship Orientation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005 and 2006

  13. Skin and Soft Tissue Tumors
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Department of Surgery Medical Student Lecture Series, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005 and 2006

  14. Flap Reconstruction
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of Malawi College of Medicine Surgery Grand Rounds, Blantyre, Malawi, 2006

  15. Outcomes of Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review
    Authors: Lee CN, Pignone MP
    75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 2006

  16. Plastic Surgery for Women after Pregnancy
    Authors: Lee CN
    University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2006

  17. Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy in a Screened Population
    Authors: Lee CN, Allis R, Yankaskas B.
    Biennial Meeting of the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, NIH, Rockville, MD, 2007


Publications
  1. Volume and outcome in cancer surgery
    Authors: Halm EA, Lee CN, Chassin MR
    In Hewitt M and Petitti D (eds): Interpreting the Volume-Outcome Relationship in the Context of Cancer Care. Washington: National Academy Press, 2001

  2. Provider volume and clinical outcomes in surgery: issues and implications
    Authors: Lee CN, Daly JM
    Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons 21-26, 2002

  3. Is volume related to outcome in health care? A systematic review and methodologic critique of the literature
    Authors: Halm EA, Lee CN, Chassin MR
    Annals of Internal Medicine 137(6):511-20, 2002

  4. Skin Lesions: Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management
    Authors: Lee CN, McGrath MH
    In Cameron J (ed): Current Surgical Therapy. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2003

  5. Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy in Young Women
    Authors: Lee CN, Foster RD
    Breast Disease 23:47-52, 2005

  6. Producing Competent Plastic Surgeons: Longitudinal Analysis of Resident Case Volume, Performance on the In-Service Examination, and Board Certification
    Authors: Hultman CS, Lee CN, Van Aalst J, Damitz L, Losken W, Sloan G
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 116 (3supplement):187-188, 2005

  7. Utility of the Omentum in the Reconstruction of Complex Oncologic Perineal Defects
    Authors: Hultman CS, Sherrill M, Lee CN, Teotia S, Calvo B, Meyers M, Ollila D, Boggess J, Kim HJ
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 116(3supplement):95-96, 2005

  8. Reconstruction of Chest Wall and Back Defects: Sternal Wound Infections, Osteoradionecrosis, Tumor Resection, Pectus Deformities, Poland’s Syndrome Meningomyeolocele, Exposed Spinal Hardware
    Authors: Lee CN, Hultman CS
    In Losken A (ed): Plastic Surgery Board Review, St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 2006

  9. Do patients and providers agree about the most important facts and goals for breast reconstruction decisions?
    Authors: Lee CN, Hultman CS, Sepucha K
    Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010 May; 64(5);563-6., 2010

  10. Development of instruments to measure the quality of breast cancer treatment decisions.
    Authors: Lee CN, Dominik, R, Levin CA, Barry MJ, Cosenza C, O’Connor AM, Mulley AG, Sepucha K.
    Health Expectations. 2010 September;13(3):258-72., 2010

  11. Surgery and global public health: the UNC-Malawi surgical initiative as a model for sustainable collaboration.
    Authors: Quereshi JS, Samuel J, Lee C, Cairns B, Shores C, Charles AG.
    World Journal of Surgery., 2011

  12. Are patients making high-quality decisions about breast reconstruction after mastectomy?
    Authors: Lee CN, Belkora J, Chang Y, Moy, B, Partridge A, Sepucha K.
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011 January;127(1):18-26., 2011


Abstracts
  1. How is Volume Related to Quality in Health Care?
    Authors: Halm EA, Lee CN, Chassin MR
    National Cancer Policy Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, District of Columbia, 2000

  2. Effects of work-hour restriction of surgical resident training
    Authors: Barden K, Specht MC, Lee CN, McCarter M
    American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL, 2001

  3. Utility of the Omentum in the Reconstruction of Complex Oncologic Perineal Defects
    Authors: Hultman CS, Sherrill M, Lee CN, Teotia S, Calvo B, Meyers M, Ollila D, Boggess J, Kim HJ
    74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, IL , 2005

  4. Producing Competent Plastic Surgeons: Longitudinal Analysis of Resident Case Volume, Performance on the In-Service Examination, and Board Certification
    Authors: Hultman CS, Lee CN, Van Aalst J, Damitz L, Losken W, Sloan G
    Poster Session of the 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, IL, 2005

  5. Utility of the Omentum in the Reconstruction of Complex Oncologic Perineal Defects
    Authors: Sherrill M, Hultman CS, Lee CN, Teotia S, Calvo B, Meyers M, Ollila D, Boggess J, Kim HJ
    Womack Surgical Society, Chapel Hill, NC, 2005

  6. Skin-sparing mastectomy flap complications following breast reconstruction: Risk factors, effect on adjuvant therapies, and impact on recurrence
    Authors: Hultman CS, Mcphail L, Klauber-DeMore N, Damitz L, Lee CN, Ollila DW, Meyers MO, Calvo BF, Kim HJ, Meyer AA
    75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 2006

  7. Outcomes of Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review
    Authors: Lee CN, Pignone MP
    75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 2006


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