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MICHELLE LEE MD

Hi there!  I'm a native New Yorker and Manhattan-based doctor-writer with a medical degree from Cornell.  Over the last 10 years, I've written about science, health, intersectional diversity issues, and NYC food & culture, including for Washington Post, New York Magazine, NBC, Stat News, Zagat, Eater, SalonLife & Thyme, Infatuation & KevinMD. I also published my experiences as a first-year doctor on the NYC COVID-19 frontline.​

I'm a first-generation doctor raised by immigrants and believe in advocating for underserved communities. My advocacy work has been featured on Associated Press, Now This News & PBS (live clips below), where I also speak about mental health in healthcare workers and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during COVID.  After the fatal 2021 Atlanta shootings, I organized the first white coat rally for the AAPI community in the U.S. and spoke to >1,000 New Yorkers at NYC's largest peaceful AAPI rally on the same stage as NY Senator Chuck Schumer, Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang & BLM activist Nupol Kizaolu.

I've led diversity lectures/discussions and New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mercer School of Medicine (Georgia), Stony Brook University Hospital (New York), and FIGS, a public US company. I also received Cornell Medical College's Pioneer in Diversity Award in 2022. I’ve been quoted/featured in Time, NPR radio, Gothamist, NBC, ABC, Associated Press, Voice of America, US and World Report News, NowThis News, New York Presbyterian Health Matters, etc. 

Contact me for writing collaborations / speaking engagements on

Medicine, Writing, Health, Science, Narrative Medicine, Community Advocacy, Mental Health, COVID-19, Diversity, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community, Education, Journalism, Social Justice, Food & Culture, Korean American

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