Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Bio

Jonathan Lee, MD, is a Health Policy PhD candidate specializing in Health Economics.  He earned his BA from Pomona College, where his experiences in genetics research as a molecular biology major and as director of a social service nonprofit led to an enduring interest in the sociobiological determinants of health.  He went on to complete a MD/MBA at the University of Chicago, during which he co-founded AgileMD, Inc., a health-technology startup focused on improving the quality and efficiency of clinical care through EHR-integrated decision-support tools.  Increasingly interested in understanding the factors that drive differences in human happiness, satisfaction, and psychological well-being, Jon eventually chose to pursue residency training in psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he is currently Clinical Instructor in the Depression Clinic.  From that clinical vantage point, Jon sees on a daily basis the fact that socioeconomic forces (healthcare, education, work, poverty, social support, stress and advence experiences, culture, food and nutrition, political climate, environment, etc) can powerfully support or harm people's physical and psychological well-being.  Inspired to better understand the mechanisms behind these observations, Jon is pursing a PhD.  He hopes to combine knowledge and tools from medicine, psychiatry, and economics towards policies that improve the well-being of particularly those in disadvantaged settings.  Jon is a recipient of the Stanford ARTS (Advanced Research Training at Stanford) Fellowship.