In Memory of Peter V. Lee, MD

Benefitting the Peter V. Lee, MD Fund for Family Medicine

Daniel Mishell, MD

Professor Emeritus Peter V. Lee, MD, former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine passed away on July 26 at the age of 93.

In 1955, Dean Gordon E. Goodhart, MD, recruited Lee to USC as an assistant professor of pharmacology, with an additional appointment as an assistant dean. Once here, he quickly established himself as a teacher and a leader. He taught students in medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies and nursing about pharmacology and family medicine. Lee oversaw the creation of the new Department of Family Medicine in 1983, and became its inaugural chair after its separation from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

During Lee’s leadership of the department, he was instrumental in the establishment of the USC Family Medicine Residency at California Hospital in 1984, co-created the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) curriculum and set up the Family Medicine Clerkship rotation for medical students in their third year.

“Dr. Lee exemplified what a physician should be,” said Laura Mosqueda, MD, the current chair of the Department of Family Medicine. “The reason our department is so focused on the nexus of medical care and social justice traces directly back to Dr. Lee’s influence and his commitment to the underserved.”

Lee is survived his wife, Belinda Fischer, four children — Martha, Susan, Catherine and Peter — two grandchildren, and one great grandson.

For those who wish to honor the legacy of Dr. Lee and his contributions to the fields of medical education, primary care and family medicine, the Lee Family would be most grateful for gifts to be directed to the Peter V. Lee, M.D. Fund for Family Medicine through the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC to carry on his vision of promoting compassionate care for all sectors of our society.

To donate in Dr. Lee’s memory use the button below. Be sure to click on the “Memorial or honorarium information” link on page two of the donation form and indicate your gift is in memory of “Peter V. Lee, MD”.

The family of Dr. Peter V. Lee along with the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC invite you to celebrate the life of Peter V. Lee, MD, a distinguished physician, educator and medical pioneer on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm in Aresty Auditorium at USC Health Sciences Campus.

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Donations by Text

To make a gift with your smartphone, simply text “DRLEE” to the number 71777 and you will be texted back a link to the mobile fundraising page. You may also donate online directly via the easy to use mobile fundraising page.

Donations by Check

If you would like to make a contribution by check or donor advised fund, please make the check payable to “Keck School of Medicine of USC” and write “Peter V. Lee, MD Fund” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the following address with an accompanying cover letter that includes your full name, preferred mailing address and phone number, and the designation of the gift (Peter V. Lee, MD Fund for Family Medicine):

Keck School of Medicine of USC
Office of Development
1975 Zonal Avenue, KAM 516
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9026

For questions, please contact:
Molly Gervais
Senior Director, Development
(323) 442-1700

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is part of the University of Southern California and uses USC’s Federal Tax ID Number: 95-1642394.