The School of Public Health and Health Professions has established an annual lectureship, focused on aspects of global health, to honor Richard V. Lee, MD, MPH, former faculty member at the University at Buffalo.
Richard V. Lee was born in Islip, NY and attended St. Paul School in Concord, NH, and Loretto School in Musselburgh, Scotland. He received an undergraduate and graduate degree from Yale in 1960 and 1964. While at medical school, he was awarded the Ferris Prize in Anatomy and the Winternitz Pathology Prize. He completed his residency and postdoctoral training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He worked for the Indian Health Service at the Fort Peck Reservation in eastern Montana for two years and then was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Yale before coming to UB in 1976.
After moving to Buffalo, as Chief Medical Officer for the Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lee continued to study the health and culture of isolated communities in remote areas. Along with his faculty appointments at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and his private group practice, he found opportunities for medical work in Southeast Asia and China through UB’s Public Health and International Education Programs, and played an essential role in the university’s programs and outreach internationally. The UB Office of International Education relied on his expertise as medical consultant to keep their personnel healthy when traveling internationally. During Lee’s tenure at UB, he served in various leadership roles in the Departments of Obstetrics, Medicine and Pediatrics.
The lectureship is supported by an endowment from long-time friend Richard V. Lee.