Raised in Norman, Oklahoma, USA, Dr. Lee graduated 
magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges with a bachelor of arts in biochemical sciences, and then earned a doctorate in medical engineering as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  She returned to Harvard for medical school, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at Duke University and a fellowship in MRI at NYU.  She joined the NYU medical faculty in 1998, and received a master's in business administration from NYU's Stern School of Business in 2006.  In 2007, she was appointed NYU Langone Medical Center's inaugural vice dean for science and chief scientific officer where she oversaw the development of a robust research infrastructure and the establishment of a CTSA and multiple new interdisciplinary research programs.  This summer, she and her family relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in her new capacity as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of University Health Care at the University of Utah.

A distinguished researcher, Dr. Lee has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed studies and written a textbook on cardiovascular MRI.  Her work focuses on developing new quantitative methods for studying kidney and vascular function using MRI and applying these to improve patient diagnoses. She continues to maintain an NIH-funded research laboratory.  She is a recognized leader internationally, having served as president of the ISMRM and in 2009 she received the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award.  The recipient of several teaching awards, Lee has mentored dozens of clinical fellows, residents, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.