Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH, FPIDS, a leader in pediatric infection prevention, is the recipient of the 2021 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes a Society member who has made outstanding contributions to the specialty of pediatric infectious diseases.
In addition to her work advancing the science of infection prevention in hospitalized children, Dr. Lee has been a leader in vaccine safety. Her efforts with the Vaccine Safety Datalink project have helped establish the safety of inactivated influenza vaccine and the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine in pregnant women. A member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices since 2016 and its chair since August 2021, Dr. Lee became co-chair of the committee’s Vaccine Safety Technical Working Group in 2020. This group has reviewed, evaluated and interpreted safety data for COVID-19 vaccines and served as the central hub for subject matter expertise from federal agencies conducting safety monitoring of these vaccines after their authorization and approval.
“Dr. Lee’s contributions to our field throughout her career have been extraordinary as has her leadership on vaccine safety during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said PIDS President Kristina Bryant, MD, FPIDS. “This award recognizes her dedicated service and commitment to improving the health of children.”
Dr. Lee is a professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and associate chief medical officer for practice innovation at Stanford Children’s Health, where she also directs the value improvement and clinical registry programs. A previous member of the PIDS Board of Directors, she has served on multiple Society committees and numerous other local, national and international committees.
Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also received a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
PIDS membership encompasses leaders across the global scientific and public health spectrum, including clinical care, advocacy, academics, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. From fellowship training to continuing medical education, research, regulatory issues and guideline development, PIDS members are the core professionals advocating for the improved health of children with infectious diseases both nationally and around the world, participating in critical public health and medical professional advisory committees that determine the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, immunization practices in children, and the education of pediatricians. For more information, visit http://www.pids.org.