Cecilia Lee, Dr.P.H., R.N., is a Program Director in the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) where she provides support to the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). She has 20 years of experience in managing clinical trials in private and governmental health institutions. As NCORP Program Director, she provides guidance and leadership to the NCORP community sites and contributes to the evaluation of the community clinical trials programs.
Dr. Lee has managed cancer prevention trials in the military setting, including serving as the lead research coordinator for the Computed Tomographic Virtual Colonoscopy to Screen for Colorectal Neoplasia in Asymptomatic Adults study. She currently serves as the DCP Program Director for the ECOG-ACRIN Research Base and serves on its Data Safety Monitoring Committee and the Steering Committee for the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST). TMIST is the largest randomized trial to compare two types of digital mammography for breast cancer screening, with over 165,000 planned participants. Dr. Lee reviews study concepts, protocols, manuscripts and amendments and participates actively in discussions and evaluations of them. She is one of the lead reviewers for CTEP’s quality of life studies embedded into treatment trials.
Dr. Lee received her nursing degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and earned a Doctor of Public Health degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. For her dissertation, she studied the quality of colorectal cancer screening decisions in the community and whether a decision aid could improve the match between patients' values and the chosen screening option. Her research interests include studying ways to prevent colorectal cancer related deaths and to disseminate prevention interventions in the community.