Philip Lee, M.D., Ph.D. is Senior Scholar, Institute for Health Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus of Social Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

He is also Consulting Professor in Human Biology, Stanford University where he teaches an undergraduate course on health policy and health care. Dr. Lee was Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1965 to 1969 and Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1997. He has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1969 and served as chancellor of UCSF from 1969 to 1972. Before going to Washington in 1993, Dr. Lee served as Director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, which he founded with Lewis Butler, JD at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1972. From July 1986 through February 1993 he served as Chair of the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) established by the U.S. Congress. In 1989, the PPRC recommended the resource based fee schedule, and limits on balance billing adopted that year by Congress for the Medicare Program.

Dr. Lee has co-authored numerous books, including "Pills, Profits and Politics"; "Primary Care in a Specialized World"; "Exercise and Health"; "Pills and the Public Purse"; "Prescriptions for Death: the Drugging of the Third World"; "Drugs and the Elderly: Clinical, Social, and Policy Perspectives"; and "Bad Medicine". His current research is focused on diversity in medical education, where the primary focus is a case study of Stanford and UCSF medical schools since 1960. He has just completed a study of Medicare and prescription drugs. Dr. Lee has recently received a number of the most prestigious awards in the field of health, including the David Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (1999), the Institute of Medicine's Gustav O. Lienhard award (2000), and the American Public Health Association's Sedgwick Medal (2000).