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Mary Lee named president-elect of Pediatric Endocrine Society

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

December 09, 2015
  Mary M. Lee, MD

Mary M. Lee, MD

Mary M. Lee, MD, the Stoddard Chair of Pediatrics, chair and professor of pediatrics, professor of cell & developmental biology and physician-in-chief of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, is the new president-elect of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

The society provides a forum for medical research in the field of endocrinology and metabolism in the young to be presented, debated and subjected to the reactions and criticism of those physicians and other scientists who have recognized competence in the field, according to its by-laws.

An internationally recognized physician-scientist, Dr. Lee has conducted pioneering research on Müllerian-inhibiting substance biology in gonadal disorders and sexual differentiation, and the regulation of Leydig cell development. She has been recognized for her studies on the effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on growth, puberty and metabolic health, and is engaged in clinical trials and collaborative studies on beta cell preservation and improving diabetes management.

Lee was a fellow of the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program and in the inaugural class of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Pediatric Leadership Development Program. She has served on several NIH study sections and as a member of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Lee has had leadership roles in many professional organizations, including as the current vice-president and incoming president of the American Society of Andrology, the Pediatric Academic Societies Program Committee, the pediatric endocrinology subspecialty board of the American Board of Pediatrics and the Hood Medical Foundation Scientific Review Panel. She has been on the editorial boards of Endocrinology, Spermatogenesis, the Journal of Andrology and the Journal of Cellular Physiology. Lee has also been a medical director and member of the board of trustees for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education since 2005.