UCSF Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Professor of Clinical OMFS and departmental Vice Chair Janice S. Lee, DDS, MD, MS, is leaving after a decade at UCSF to become Deputy Clinical Director at the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
The Office of the Clinical Director oversees all intramural clinical activities related to NIDCR’s mission, and encourages a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that promotes the translation of basic research discoveries into clinical practices.
"I will be working with investigators who are doing basic science research and facilitating the clinical application of their work, and I will be doing my own clinical and translational research" explains Lee. "But I'll also be working with the Clinical Research Fellowship Program, and overseeing the clinical care that goes on at the NIDCR."
The Institute's highly specialized hospital facility serves patients who are cared for under research protocols from any one of the NIH's 27 associated institutes. The NIDCR is often consulted on patients with oral and craniofacial issues, but they may also be part of a research protocol in which there are associated oral or head and neck manifestations.
Lee has been a part of the Craniofacial Anomalies Team at UCSF Medical Center, and a member of the UCSF Program in Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology (CMB).
The integrated nature of the challenges ahead at NIDCR are highly energizing for both the clinician and the researcher in Dr. Lee. "My extensive clinical experience is a big part of what I bring to NIDCR from my years at UCSF," she says, "as is the culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that's so prevalent here."
Concludes Lee: "My new role will allow me to have a greater impact on dentistry and dental research, including research that impacts all areas of the body. That's exciting. At the NIH, your reach extends to a broader community. UCSF is an amazing place that has fostered collaboration and leadership opportunities, and has been among the most valuable and enriching experiences of my professional life."
"Janice has been extremely productive during her eleven years with the department" says M. Anthony Pogrel, DDS, MD, William Ware Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs. "Her many grateful patients include children with a variety of craniofacial deformities, who will be forever thankful for Janice’s life-changing care. Her clinical care has been the backdrop to her research into bone regeneration, as well as 3-D imaging analysis to guide skeletal reconstruction of the face, with particular emphasis on correcting facial asymmetry. She was also a co-investigator with Dr. Ophir Klein on the 'Laying the Foundation for Building a Tooth' California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant. She will be missed, and we wish her well for the future."
UCSF Dentistry Dean and Professor John D.B. Featherstone adds: "Dr. Lee will be greatly missed here at UCSF. She was such a wonderful person to work with, who brought much to the School of Dentistry. I wish her well in her exciting new venture."
Dr. Janice Lee