Karen Lee

Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc is a healthy built environment and health policy advisor and consultant. She specializes in helping communities use the built environment – our buildings, streets, and neighbourhoods – to address the epidemics of obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. She consults to and advises a variety of organizations around the world, including World Health Organization offices; multiple local, provincial, and state governments and health departments; and non-government organizations such as the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Australian Heart Foundation.

Dr. Lee is also an Adjunct Professor at the Schools of Public Health at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto, and is a frequent guest lecturer for architecture and urban design courses at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Lee previously worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and directed the Built Environment Program at the New York City Health Department.

Her work has been named in multiple national and international awards in health policy, sustainable buildings, smart growth, environmental protection, and cross-sector collaboration. She has been interviewed by a wide range of print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.


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