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Eva K. Lee, Ph.D.

National Preparedness and Response Science Board Member

Dr. Lee is a Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare, a center established through funds from the National Science Foundation and the Whitaker Foundation. The center focuses on biomedicine, public health, and defense, advancing domains from basic science to translational medical research; intelligent, quality, and cost-effective delivery; and medical preparedness and protection of critical infrastructures. She is a Distinguished Scholar in Health Systems, Health System Institute at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Health Organization Transformation, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Lee partners with hospital leaders to develop novel transformational strategies in delivery, quality, safety, operations efficiency, information management, change management and organizational learning.  Lee graduated from Rice University with a degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and received NSF/NATO postdoctoral training in scientific computing. Photograph of Eva K. Lee, Ph.D.
Her research focuses on mathematical programming, information technology, and computational algorithms for risk assessment, decision making, predictive analytics, knowledge discovery, and systems optimization. She has made major contributions in advances to systems bioinformatics, medical care and procedures, emergency response and medical preparedness, healthcare operations, and business transformation.


Dr. Lee serves as the principle investigator of an online interoperable information exchange and decision support system for mass dispensing, emergency response, and casualty mitigation. The system incorporates disease spread modeling with response processes; and offers efficiency and quality assurance in operations and logistics performance. It currently has over 8500+ public health site users. Lee has also performed field work within the U.S. on mass dispensing design and evaluation, and has worked with local emergency responders and affected populations after Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Fukushima Japan radiological disaster. She is the lead systems investigator on vaccine immunogenicity prediction for the Emory Centers for Human Immunology & Systems Vaccinology; and has served on IOM, NRC, NBSB, DTRA panel committees related to biological, radiological and chemical incidents.

National Preparedness and Response Science Board

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  • This page last reviewed: January 27, 2015