University of Utah's Vivian Lee Draws Standing Room Only Crowd at Penn

University of Utah's Vivian Lee Draws Standing Room Only Crowd at Penn

Report From The 2016 Charles Leighton Memorial Lecture

In her presentation at the 2016 Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture, University of Utah Health Care System CEO and Medical School Dean Vivian S. Lee detailed the sweeping innovations underway at her academic medical center. This video is a two-minute excerpt.

The Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture is an annual colloquium hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). Held in the Woodlands Ballroom of the Inn at Penn it flew in Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA to discuss the sweeping innovative changes being made throughout the academic medical center she heads. Included in the standing-room only audience were the two senior leaders of Penn Medicine -- Ralph Muller, MA, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of Penn's Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.

Also on hand were Mrs. Charles Leighton and her children Kristine Leighton Ferguson, Wendy White Leighton and Christopher Cutler Leighton.

Responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion, Lee is the University of Utah's Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of the University of Utah Health Care. That system includes four hospitals, a variety of clinical and research specialty centers, 11 community health centers, an insurance plan, over 1,330 board certified physicians, and Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Dentistry.

A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe, she earned her doctorate in medical engineering as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, went on to receive her MD at Harvard, served a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke and trained as a fellow in MRI at NYU. Prior to joining the University of Utah, she served as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at New York University Langone Medical Center.

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Above, left (l to r, rear row): Ralph Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Mrs. Leighton's son, Christopher Cutler Leighton; Vivian Lee, CEO of the University of Utah Health Care System; and Larry Jameson, Dean of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Bottom row: Mrs. Charles Leighton (center) with her two daughters Wendy White Leighton and Kristine Leighton Furgeson. | Above, right (l to r): Christopher Cutler Leighton; Vivian Lee; Daniel Polsky, Wharton School Professor and Executive Director of LDI; Mrs. Charles Leighton; Wendy White Leighton; Kristine Leighton Ferguson; and Joanne Levy, Deputy Director of LDI and Associate Director of the Wharton School's Health Care Management PhD program.
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Above, left, Mrs. Charles Leighton chats with Penn Medical School Dean Larry Jameson. Above, right, Jameson and Vivian Lee discuss her presentation and innovation strategies.