Vivian S. Lee was named the University of Utah’s senior vice president for health sciences in 2011.
She was previously Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of NYU Medical Center. She was also Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology and Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience. A practicing MRI radiologist, Dr. Lee was principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants and Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section. She is a Fellow and current President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). On the Editorial Board of leading journals in imaging, Dr. Lee has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research publications, and a recent textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the development of quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease.
A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, Dr. Lee was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she received a doctorate 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. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, she received NYU’s Orloff Award in 2001 for research. Dr. Lee completed an M.B.A. at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2006 and was among Crain’s New York Business magazine’s “40 under 40: New York’s Rising Stars”.
As the inaugural Vice-Dean for Science at NYUMC, Dr, Lee’s primary responsibilities have been to develop strategies for building science at NYU, developing and refining administrative structures, including enhancing core facilities and support services, and serving as an advocate for research within NYU and externally. Initiatives include the launching of a new program to recognize and develop Centers of Excellence, upgrading core facilities and standardizing their operations, educational initiatives in grantsmanship, and creating mechanisms to encourage and support programmatic research. Her office oversees the Institutional Review Board, Sponsored Programs Administration, Office of Clinical Trials, Office of Industrial Liaison, Department of Laboratory and Animal Research, IACUC, Research Information Management, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and jointly runs Research IT and Research Compliance.