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K. J. Lee is at the hub of the healthcare industry, a busy complex crossroad: front line patient care, academia, publication, economics, electronic health record technologies, private and public policies, creator of TPIU Foundation (treating every patient as if The Patient Is U). Dr. K. J. Lee, a distinguished practicing physician, emphasizes efficiency, affordability, outcome, and especially quality of patient experiences. Dr. Lee’s latest venture has been co-founding The Patient Is U Foundation™ (TPIU™), which aims to bring the focus on patients. To have success in healthcare, Dr. Lee believes that we need to concentrate on patient needs and work on bringing healthcare to those who need it most at a sensible cost. He teaches the following to all healthcare providers: “A good doctor takes care of the disease, a great doctor takes care of the patient.” “TPIU is about educating doctors, healthcare providers, government officials, insurance companies, and anyone with patient contact to treat each patient as if the patient is you.” “By focusing on the patient and making healthcare more accessible, we will be able to treat patients with the service they deserve and achieve better outcomes.” He also envisions TPIU to educate the public about healthcare and how to ask questions and be an educated integral part of the care they receive. Known as a world-renowned clinician, educator, author, innovator, and health policy advisor, Dr. Lee graduated from Harvard University and Columbia University. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. In 1972, Dr. Lee joined Yale University and subsequently became the Chief of Otolaryngology at the Hospital of Saint Raphael, a position he held for more than 20 years. During this time, he served as the Hospital Medical Staff President, Chair of the Hospital Medical Board, Vice Chair of an HMO insurance company, and as the President and Treasurer of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its foundation. He also serves as Director of Service Line Development at Northwell Health Systems. While at Yale, he also published over 30 textbooks including Essential Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, a text that has been translated into several languages, is regarded as one of the most widely read textbooks in otolaryngology-head & neck surgery in the world, and is now in its 12th edition, the 45th anniversary of the book. Dr. Lee has always held a primary focus on creating technologies that simplify physician workflow and ensuring government mandates do not hinder patient care. In 2004 he sponsored the Bipartisan Presidential Healthcare Summit in conjunction with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University. He has advised United States presidential candidates and Members of Congress on health policy.

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