We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lee, professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine and pediatrics, as the new senior associate dean for the Office of Women in Science and Medicine. She will assume this position on June 1, 2022.

Dr. Lee is a staunch advocate for women in science and medicine in regard to their scholarship, research, educational contributions and clinical care. The founder of the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (WELI) within the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, she has worked to increase the number of women who achieve promotion, leadership positions and other career goals through a protégé-adviser nationwide networking system, sponsorship and workshops in career development and leadership. Under Dr. Lee’ leadership, WELI has grown to more than 200 members from more than 70 institutions across the United States and Canada, with the ongoing development of national and international WELI chapters. Her translational research program focuses on reducing the risk of permanent neurologic injury in neonates and children with brain hypoxia in clinical and preclinical studies, with an emphasis on cerebrovascular autoregulation, cell death mechanisms and proteostasis. Dr. Lee also works clinically as a pediatric anesthesiologist.

As the new senior associate dean, Dr. Lee will work closely with colleagues across the school of medicine to address barriers to advancement. Together, they will provide opportunities that support our women faculty in acquiring skills and strategies for professional development and create pathways that increase the representation of women in leadership within the school of medicine.

Dr. Lee received her undergraduate degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado Boulder and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and a residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins, then did fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care medicine, both at Johns Hopkins. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010. Dr. Lee serves as the associate vice-chair for faculty affairs and development in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and she recently completed her terms on the board of directors in the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.

Dr. Lee brings an exciting vision to foster the academic progress of the women faculty through education, advocacy, mentoring, sponsorship and networking. Please join us in congratulating her on this well-deserved appointment.