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Forrester “Woody” Lee, MD

Title: Professor
Company: Yale University School of Medicine
Location: Hamden, Connecticut, United States

Forrester “Woody” Lee, MD, professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in transplant cardiology.

With 35 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Lee has excelled as a professor at Yale University School of Medicine from 1987 to 2021 and professor emeritus at the same since 2021. Previously, he has served at the same as associate dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and medical director of the Yale-New Haven Cardiac Transplantation and Heart Failure Program. Before embarking on his professional path, he pursued an education at the Yale School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Doctorate, graduating cum laude in 1979. At Yale-New Haven Hospital, he completed a residency in 1982 and was chief medical resident of internal medicine in 1983. He was selected for a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Yale School of Medicine in 1985 and holds a board certification in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Lee has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He found success with his written work “A Noble and Independent Course: The Life of the Reverend Edward Mitchell,” which he co-authored in 2018. In light of his impressive undertakings, he has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was presented with the Cardiovascular Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award from Yale University School of Medicine in 2021 and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Lee takes great pride in serving as the Medical Director of Yale’s transplant program. Yale was among the pioneers in heart transplantation, and he became involved in this field shortly after joining the faculty. He was invited to join the program by surgeon John Walden, who had received training from Norm Shumway, the surgeon credited with performing the first heart transplant in the United States in 1968.

Dr. Lee takes great pride in his role as a guide and mentor to Black students pursuing medical studies at Yale School of Medicine. Through his efforts, similar programs have been established to invite undergraduate students of color to participate in research labs and clinical settings during the summer months. He has been instrumental in securing the grants that fund these initiatives. In the immediate future, he intends to sustain his efforts in the challenge relay as he seeks to gain a comprehensive understanding of his predecessors and the difficulties they encountered. This pursuit is significant to him, and he remains steadfast in his commitment to this endeavor.

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