May M Lee, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)

Program Director, PCCSM

Director of the ICU at the LAC+USC Medical Center

Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education

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Overview

Dr. Lee’s clinical interests are in critical care medicine as well as medical education. She is currently the medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Dr. Lee has long been active as an educator both in and out of medicine – from teaching at an outdoor adventure-based program for “at-risk” youth, to developing new curriculum for 6th graders, and serving as Program Director of an Internal Medicine residency program in Chicago IL – Dr. Lee has innovated and created new educational programs and teaching modalities for her all her trainees. She is currently the Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program at USC. She is active in PCCM society committees, working on curriculum building and educational programming on the national level.

Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from the Stony Brook University Medical School in New York. She then went on to complete her residency training in Internal Medicine followed by Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship training as well as a Post-Doctoral Research program at the University of Chicago.

Awards

  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Leaders of Influence: LAs Top Doctors 2023, 2023-2023
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration: Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, 2023-2023
  • Journal of Graduate Medical Education: 2023 Outstanding Reviewer, 2023-2023
  • American College of Chest Physicians : Women Leaders in Chest Medicine Honoree, 2023-2023
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: 2021 LAs Top Doctors, 2021-2021
  • Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Southern California/LAC+USC: Teacher of the Year, 2020-2020
  • American Thoracic Society: Travel Award Winner, 2009-2009
  • Neurobiology Assembly, American Thoracic Society: Highlighted Abstract, 2009-2009
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Arthur Berken Fellow, 2000-2003
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: LA’s Top Doctors, 2021
  • Internal Medicine Residency program, LAC+USC: Teacher of the Year, 2020
  • American Thoracic Society: Elected Fellow, ATSF, 2018
  • Mount Sinai Research Day: First Place, Poster Competition, 2016
  • American College of Physicians: Elected Fellow, FACP, 2013
  • American College of Chest Physicians: Elected Fellow, FCCP, 2012
  • American Thoracic Society: Highlighted Abstract, 2009
  • American Thoracic Society: Highlighted Abstract, 2009
  • American Thoracic Society: Travel Award Winner, 2009
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook: M.D. with Distinction in Humanistic Studies, 2003
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook: Arthur Berken Fellowship Winner, 2000-2003

Publications

  • Beyond the Individual: A Multidisciplinary Model for Critical Thinking in the Intensive Care Unit Adv Med Educ Pract. 2024; 15:409-417. . View in PubMed
  • Putting the “Whole” in Holistic Review ATS Sch. 2023 Dec; 4(4):393-395. . View in PubMed
  • Kolb Meets Quality: Applying Learning Theory to a Process Improvement and Safety Curriculum ATS Sch. 2023 Dec; 4(4):431-440. . View in PubMed
  • The Virtual Interview Experience: Perspectives of Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Applicants ATS Sch. 2022 Mar; 3(1):76-86. . View in PubMed
  • COVID-19: Highlighting Health Disparities in the Los Angeles Latinx Community Clin Med Res. 2021 12; 19(4):161-168. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of Time-Limited Trials Among Critically Ill Patients With Advanced Medical Illnesses and Reduction of Nonbeneficial ICU Treatments JAMA Intern Med. 2021 06 01; 181(6):786-794. . View in PubMed
  • Development of a National Academic Boot Camp to Improve Fellowship Readiness ATS Sch. 2020 Dec 22; 2(1):49-65. . View in PubMed
  • Updated guidance on the management of COVID-19: from an American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society coordinated International Task Force (29 July 2020) Eur Respir Rev. 2020 Sep 30; 29(157). . View in PubMed
  • Communication Training in Adult and Pediatric Critical Care MedicineA Systematic Review. ATS Sch. 2020 Jul 14; 1(3):316-330. . View in PubMed
  • The effect of using vitamin c, hydrocortisone and thiamine triple therapy in the treatment of septic shock – a randomized clinical trial – pilot study EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. 2020; 109-118. . View in PubMed
  • Feasibility of a Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum Delivered Through Facebook Cureus. 2019 Dec 11; 11(12):e6349. . View in PubMed
  • Time-Limited Trials Among Critically Ill Patients With Advanced Medical Illnesses to Reduce Nonbeneficial Intensive Care Unit Treatments: Protocol for a Multicenter Quality Improvement Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Nov 25; 8(11):e16301. . View in PubMed
  • Trainee’s perceptions and practices on social media at one internal medicine program and its potential uses in graduate medical education MedEdPublish. 2019; 2(8). . View in PubMed
  • Potential impact of a bedside procedure service on training procedurally competent hospitalists in a community-based residency program J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2016; 6(3):31054. . View in PubMed
  • Intermittent hypoxia-induced endothelial barrier dysfunction requires ROS-dependent MAP kinase activation Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2014 Apr 15; 306(8):C745-52. . View in PubMed
  • Medical students’ perceptions of racial diversity and gender equality Med Educ. 2006 Jul; 40(7):691-6. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of Time-Limited Trials Among Critically Ill Patients With Advanced Medical Illnesses and Reduction of Nonbeneficial ICU Treatments JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Jun 01; 181(6):786-794.
  • Development of a National Academic Boot Camp to Improve Fellowship Readiness ATS Sch. 2020 Dec 22; 2(1):49-65.
  • Updated guidance on the management of COVID-19: from an American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society coordinated International Task Force (29 July 2020) Eur Respir Rev. 2020 Sep 30; 29(157).
  • Communication Training in Adult and Pediatric Critical Care MedicineA Systematic Review. ATS Sch. 2020 Jul 14; 1(3):316-330.
  • Development of a National Academic Fellow Boot Camp to Improve Fellowship Readiness ATS Scholar. 2020.
  • COVID-19: Interim Guidance on Management Pending Empirical EvidenceFrom an American Thoracic Society-led International Task Force. American Thoracic Society’s website. 2020.
  • The Effect of Using Vitamin C, Hydrocortisone and Thiamine Triple Therapy in the Treatment of Septic Shock – A Randomized Clinical Trial – Pilot Study EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. 2020; 4(6):109-118.
  • Feasibility of a Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum Delivered Through Facebook Cureus. 2019 Dec 11; 11(12):e6349.
  • Time-Limited Trials Among Critically Ill Patients With Advanced Medical Illnesses to Reduce Nonbeneficial Intensive Care Unit Treatments: Protocol for a Multicenter Quality Improvement Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Nov 25; 8(11):e16301.
  • Trainee’s Perceptions and Practices on Social Media at One Internal Medicine Program and Its Potential Uses in Graduate Medical Education MedEdPublish. 2019; 2(8):46.
  • Potential impact of a bedside procedure service on training procedurally competent hospitalists in a community-based residency program J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2016; 6(3):31054.
  • Intermittent hypoxia-induced endothelial barrier dysfunction requires ROS-dependent MAP kinase activation Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2014 Apr 15; 306(8):C745-52.
  • Medical students’ perceptions of racial diversity and gender equality Med Educ. 2006 Jul; 40(7):691-6.