Richard H. Lee, MD, MPH

Richard H. Lee

Richard H. Lee, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Metabolism
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Lee, principal investigator for the MURDOCK Fractures and Falls Study, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology at Duke University and a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Lee earned both his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Emory University. He then trained in both Geriatrics and Endocrinology at Duke University. He has received Research Scholar awards from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lee’s research focuses on osteoporosis and fracture prevention among older adults. His studies have discovered factors associated with greater fracture risk, especially among individuals with other medical conditions, such as diabetes. For example, Dr. Lee has identified the interaction between diabetes medications and hemoglobin A1c on fracture risk.

Dr. Lee’s current work employs a number of advanced techniques to identify new risk factors that can predict fractures earlier. Along with colleagues at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Dr. Lee is using metabolomics to identify biomarkers in blood and urine that are associated with bone fractures among older adults with diabetes. He is also working with Biomedical Engineering at Duke to analyze CT scans and to determine radiographic markers of fracture risk.

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