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Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacy
SchoolSchool of Pharmacy
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.A.S. in Clinical Research2009 Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    University of California, San Francisco Residency School of Pharmacy
    University of California, San FranciscoPharm.D.2002 School of Pharmacy

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    Kirby Lee, PharmD, MA, MAS is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UC San Francisco. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Residency Training, Health Policy Fellowship and Masters in Clinical Research Methods from UCSF. He has completed programs in mobile health design from Tufts University and the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Lee’s clinical practice focuses on medication management and drug therapy in older adults with a particular focus in patients with cognitive impairment, memory and behavioral changes. At UCSF, he works in the Memory and Aging Center where he serves as the Director of the Medication Management Module for the Care Ecosystem Project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This project uses innovative technology to screen for medication related problems and provides education and counseling with medication management for patients with dementia and their caregivers in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team of navigators, nurses, social workers, physicians and pharmacists. He also serves on the Complex Care Support Team at the UCSF Medical Center consulting patients and providers on medication issues arising at home and during transitions in care.

    Dr. Lee’s research focuses on improving the quality and safety of medication use for patients with chronic disease. He leads projects using quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand barriers and solutions to optimal medication use by patient, provider and system level factors. Dr. Lee is designing patient-centered health information technology interventions to improve medication safety and health outcomes using dashboards, web portals and mobile applications. In 2011, he established and directs the Patient Health Information Technology Lab for demonstrating and testing website and mobile applications for medication management. This approach provides valuable feedback from end users (e.g., patients, providers) on refining the design, functionality, and usability of various mHealth interventions.

    Dr. Lee teaches geriatric pharmacotherapy and advanced topics in clinical care for third year pharmacy students. He is developing practical and applied teaching methods for simulating real world clinical practice to advance students’ problem solving skills and interprofessional teamwork. He is a member of the Interprofessional Education Curriculum Development Working Group at UCSF and teaches pharmacy, medical, nursing, dental, and physical therapy students in the classroom and clinic.

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    1. Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Stebbins M, Sudore RL, Ritchie CS, Lee KP, Rodondi K, Steinman MA. What Is a Medication-Related Problem? A Qualitative Study of Older Adults and Primary Care Clinicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Mar; 35(3):724-731. PMID: 31677102.
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    2. Rosa TD, Possin KL, Bernstein A, Merrilees J, Dulaney S, Matuoka J, Lee KP, Chiong W, Bonasera SJ, Harrison KL, Kahn JG. Variations in Costs of a Collaborative Care Model for Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Dec; 67(12):2628-2633. PMID: 31317539.
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    3. Possin KL, Merrilees J, Bonasera SJ, Bernstein A, Chiong W, Lee K, Wilson L, Hooper SM, Dulaney S, Braley T, Laohavanich S, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Schaffer MW, Schenk AK, Heunis J, Ong P, Cook KM, Bowhay AD, Gearhart R, Chodos A, Naasan G, Bindman AB, Dohan D, Ritchie C, Miller BL. Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem. PLoS Med. 2017 03; 14(3):e1002260. PMID: 28323819.
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    4. Jennifer Merrilees and Kirby Lee.. Mismanagement of Delirium. AHRQ WebM&M [serial online] May 2016. Available at: https://psnet.ahrq.gov/webmm/case/375. 2016.
    5. Siler K, Lee K, Bero L. Reply to Margalida and Colomer: Science should strive to prevent mistakes, not corrections. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 31; 112(13):E1512. PMID: 25759436.
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    6. Siler K, Lee K, Bero L. Measuring the effectiveness of scientific gatekeeping. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 13; 112(2):360-5. PMID: 25535380.
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    7. Lee KP, Hartridge C, Corbett K, Vittinghoff E, Auerbach AD. "Whose job is it, really?" Physicians', nurses', and pharmacists' perspectives on completing inpatient medication reconciliation. J Hosp Med. 2015 Mar; 10(3):184-6. PMID: 25408285.
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    8. Lee KP, Nishimura K, Ngu B, Tieu L, Auerbach AD. Predictors of completeness of patients' self-reported personal medication lists and discrepancies with clinic medication lists. Ann Pharmacother. 2014 Feb; 48(2):168-77. PMID: 24259649.
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    9. Rasmussen N, Lee K, Bero L. Association of trial registration with the results and conclusions of published trials of new oncology drugs. Trials. 2009 Dec 16; 10:116. PMID: 20015404.
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    10. Lee K, Bacchetti P, Sim I. Publication of clinical trials supporting successful new drug applications: a literature analysis. PLoS Med. 2008 Sep 23; 5(9):e191. PMID: 18816163.
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    11. Lee K. Has the hunt for conflicts of interest gone too far? No. BMJ. 2008 Mar 01; 336(7642):477. PMID: 18310000.
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    12. Bero L, Oostvogel F, Bacchetti P, Lee K. Factors associated with findings of published trials of drug-drug comparisons: why some statins appear more efficacious than others. PLoS Med. 2007 Jun; 4(6):e184. PMID: 17550302.
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    13. Lee KP, Boyd EA, Holroyd-Leduc JM, Bacchetti P, Bero LA. Predictors of publication: characteristics of submitted manuscripts associated with acceptance at major biomedical journals. Med J Aust. 2006 Jun 19; 184(12):621-6. PMID: 16803442.
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    14. Lee KP, Schotland M, Bacchetti P, Bero LA. Association of journal quality indicators with methodological quality of clinical research articles. JAMA. 2002 Jun 05; 287(21):2805-8. PMID: 12038918.
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    15. Knapp CM, Lee K, Foye M, Ciraulo DA, Kornetsky C. Additive effects of intra-accumbens infusion of the cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase inhibitor, rolipram and cocaine on brain stimulation reward. Life Sci. 2001 Aug 24; 69(14):1673-82. PMID: 11589507.
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    16. Moynihan R, Bero L, Ross-Degnan D, Henry D, Lee K, Watkins J, Mah C, Soumerai SB. Coverage by the news media of the benefits and risks of medications. N Engl J Med. 2000 Jun 01; 342(22):1645-50. PMID: 10833211.
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    17. Lee K, Kornetsky C. Acute and chronic fluoxetine treatment decreases the sensitivity of rats to rewarding brain stimulation. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1998 Jun; 60(2):539-44. PMID: 9632238.
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