Keck School Faculty

May M Lee

May M Lee

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
Program Director, PCCSM
Director of the ICU at the LAC+USC Medical Center
Interim Cabinet Member for the Interim Chief of PCCSM
2020 Zonal Ave, IRD 733 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


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

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.. 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

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

Development of a National Academic Fellow Boot Camp to Improve Fellowship Readiness ATS Scholar. 2020.. View in PubMed

COVID-19: Interim Guidance on Management Pending Empirical EvidenceFrom an American Thoracic Society-led International Task Force. American Thoracic Society’s website. 2020.. 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; 4(6):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):46.. 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

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.
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