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photo Burton W. Lee, MD

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-864-3199

Office: NW 628 UPMC Montefiore
3459 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3199
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
Judy Nauman
Address: 692-2260
Phone: 412-864-3199
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
BA, University of California Los Angeles, 1986
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1991
Clinical Effectiveness Program, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996
Diploma, Evidence Based Health Care, Oxford University, Kellogg College, 2014
Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1992
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1994
Fellowship (Clinical) - Pulmonary Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1998
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1998
Research Interest
Dr. Lee is interested in exploring how physicians develop (and potentially lose) mastery of medical knowledge and skills especially for complex concepts such as mechanical ventilation, numeracy, and physiology.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Lee is a senior medical educator in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He is particularly interested in care of critically ill patients, especially in the use of mechanical ventilation. He is also interested in global health, especially in resource-limited countries and has devoted significant part of his career in teaching and training national physicians in Sub Saharan Africa.
Educational Interest
Dr. Lee's main academic focus has been in education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows both in the U.S. and in Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the Division at University of Pittsburgh in 2016, he has served in various educational leadership capacities including Co-Founder of the Emergency Critical Care Clinical Officer (ECCCO) Training Program in Kijabe, Kenya; Co-Founder of the DC-Baltimore Critical Care Educational Consortium; Program Director of the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Washington Hospital Center Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship; and Senior Consultant for Critical Care Education and Training at the National Institutes of Health. At University of Pittsburgh, he is the Director of the Scientific Literacy and Numeracy Course for 4th year medical students; Director of the MICU Rotation at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for 4th year medical students; Director of the Fundamentals of Mechanical Ventilation Preceptorial Course for fellows; and Director of Web-Based Continuing Medical Education for Department of Medicine. He is a co-editor of the American Thoracic Society’s Quick Hits as well as a co-editor of the 5th edition of the Handbook of Medicine: A Manual for Practitioners in Low Resource Settings.
Selected Publications:
Lee, B.W. Improving Sepsis Care in Resource Limited Settings. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40(7): 2234-2236.
Shah, N.G., Seam, N., Woods, C.J., Fessler, H.E., Goyal, M., McAreavey, D., Lee, B.W. A Longitudinal Regional Educational Model for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows Emphasizing Small Group and Simulation-Based Learning. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2016; 13(4): 469-474.
Slusher, T.M., Zamora, T.G., Appiah, D., Stanke, J.U., Strand, M.A., Lee, B.W., Richardson, S.B., Keating, E.M., Siddappa, A. Burden of severe neonatal jaundice: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal Paediatrics Open. 2017; 1: e000105.doi:10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000105.
Alviar, C.L., Miller, P.E., McAreavey, D., Lee, B.W., Soble, J., Solomon, M.A., Morrow, D.A. A guide to mechanical ventilation in the cardiac intensive care unit: Perspectives from the American College of Cardiology - Critical Care Cardiology Working Group. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2018; 72(13): 1532-1553.
Palmer, D., Wolf, C., Lee, B.W., editors. The Handbook of Medicine - A Manual for Practitioners in Low Resource Settings. 5th Edition. CMDA, Bristol, TN. 2018.
Notable Achievements
J. H. Gaskin Excellence in Teaching Award. Medstar Washington Hospital Center, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Merit in Authorship Award. American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2004
James A. Curtin Outstanding Clinical Educator Award. Medstar Washington Hospital Center, 2007, 2010, 2014
Master Teacher Award. Critical Care Department, National Institutes of Health, 2009
Co-Founder of the DC-Baltimore Critical Care Education Consortium, 2010
Sol Katz Teaching Award. American College of Physicians - DC Chapter., 2011
Co-Founder of the Emergency Critical Care Clinical Officer (ECCCO) Program, Kijabe, Kenya, 2015
Educator of the Year Award. Christian Medical Dental Association, 2018
John W. Kreit Outstanding Educator Award. Pulmonary Allergy Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
Outstanding Subspecialty Teaching Attending Award, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2019