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Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee

Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee

University of North Carolina


Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) is Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before, he was a Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan between 2010 and 2015. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2001-2010 and at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1997-2001. Dr. Lee’s work has appeared in major health services research, medical sociology and management journals such as Health Services Research, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, Health Affairs, Health Care Management Review, Journal of Healthcare Management, Journal of Rural Health, Journal of Urban Health, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, The Gerontologist, Human Relations, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and British Journal of Management. He has received recognitions from several regional and national associations, notably the Best Pre- and Post-Doctoral Presentation Award from the Association for Health Services Research in 1997, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration in 2002, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research in 2008, and the Medical Care Research & Review Best Paper Award in 2009.

Research Interest

Dr. Lee’s main research interest is in health care organizations. In addition, he has conducted studies on issues related to health care utilization, physician manpower, and health information technology. His current research applies the theories of social capital, social support and social networks to the understanding of health care organizations and patient behavior. At the organizational level, he examines how network participation and external institutional ties affect the strategic behavior and service provision of health care organizations. At the individual patient level, his research examines how social support interacts with health literacy in affecting access to health care and health outcomes in several patient populations including Medicare beneficiaries, veterans, Spanish-speakers, demented elders and their caregivers. His recent research addresses issues related to the provision of patient-centered care, access to hemodialysis among end-stage-renal-disease patients, and adoption of health information technology in U.S. hospitals.