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Jason T. Lee, M.D. (RWJ)

Associate Professor of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
2009-2012 Cohort
Project Title:  “The Impact of a Simulation-based Endovascular Curriculum on Trainee Performance and Clinical Outcomes in Vascular Surgery”

Jason T. Lee, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. He received his General Surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, from 1998-2004. During his residency he spent one year working under the tutelage of Dr. Rodney White at the St. John's Cardiovascular Institute studying various endovascular devices in animal models. In July 2006 he completed the Stanford Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program and subsequently joined the faculty as Assistant Professor and Section Chief at the VA Palo Alto. He has since shifted his practice to Stanford University Medical Center as the Director of Endovascular Surgery. Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include endovascular treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, carotid angioplasty/stenting, percutaneous interventions for peripheral vascular disease, thoracic outlet syndrome, and vascular problems in high-performance athletes.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Lee also assumes the roles of Associate Program Director for the ACGME accredited Vascular Fellowship/Integrated Residency Training Program and Principal Investigator on multiple clinical trials examining new therapeutic strategies for management of cerebrovascular disease, claudication and limb salvage, renovascular hypertension, and aortic aneurysm disease. Dr. Lee has become particularly interested in innovative methods of teaching endovascular skills via the use of high-fidelity simulation in the treatment of these complex clinical problems. He has been recognized locally and nationally for his contributions to surgical education and simulation

A major aim of Dr. Lee’s work is to determine if a simulation-based endovascular surgery curriculum will improve trainee performance measured by technical skill, didactic knowledge, and learner satisfaction. In his Physician Faculty Scholars Program project, "The Impact of a Simulation-based Endovascular Curriculum on Trainee Performance and Clinical Outcomes in Vascular Surgery", he will assess endovascular simulation as a tool to promote procedural efficiency in the endovascular suite and reduce procedural errors. Finally, he will create a Vascular Surgery Registry at Stanford to determine if the implementation of a structured educational program translates into improved patient outcomes and patient safety. To accomplish these aims a multi-center national trial of surgical resident randomization of their educational curriculum will be organized through Stanford, with collaboration for experts in the School of Education, and mentors in multiple disciplines expert at simulation-based assessment. Dr. Lee hopes that this project will lead to development of a nationally-adopted endovascular curriculum and assessment tool to determine fundamentals of endovascular surgery.

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