Kathleen Lee, MD

Kathleen Lee, MD

Clinical Chief, Section of Palliative Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Educational and professional experience
Years (ex 1993-1997) Position and institute (ex Director, Beth Israel Hospital)


Current teaching and research interests

Kathleen Lee, MD received her BA at Cornell University and participated in the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania before attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She then completed internal medicine residency at Brown University, and returned to Mount Sinai for her hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, staying on as faculty before being recruited to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital (DFCI/BWH). At DFCI/BWH, she served as inpatient palliative care consult director and leader of the Heme-Pal initiative, building collaborative relationships between the divisions of Hematologic Malignancy and Palliative Care. Kathleen joined BIDMC in June 2020, initially as the Palliative Care Section's inpatient medical director and now serves as its clinical chief.

Her academic interests center on process improvement and clinical innovation related to inpatient palliative care delivery. She also dedicates time facilitating serious illness communication skills training courses. Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys exploring the Arnold Arboretum with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.