Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D.

Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
Executive Director, University of Michigan Medical Group
Professor of Ophthalmology

Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., was appointed senior associate dean of clinical affairs in the Medical School and executive director of the University of Michigan Medical Group (UMMG) in January 2023. The UMMG encompasses the clinical practices of all departments of the University of Michigan Medical School into a single integrated entity with primary responsibility for the management of health provider resources and clinical care delivery across all sites of care for University of Michigan Health.

Dr. Lee obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan and his juris doctorate degree from Columbia University, both in 1986. He completed an internship year in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital before finishing a residency in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in 1990. He maturated from a one-year fellowship program in glaucoma at the Harvard’s Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. After graduation, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Washington. 

In 1991, he joined the University of Southern California as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1995. In 1997, Dr. Lee was appointed as a professor, with tenure, at Duke University. In 2012, he joined the University of Michigan as a professor, with tenure, and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Dr. Lee has been involved extensively in administrative activities, serving on the board of directors for the University of Michigan Health System (2017-21), as director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center (2012-22), vice chair of the executive committee for the U-M Health System and a member of the Medical School Executive Committee (2019-22).

He also is an accomplished scientist. His research interests include patient-centered care and quality of care for patients with glaucoma. He has over 290 peer-reviewed publications in his field and has authored over two dozen book chapters. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2019.