Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

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photo Burton W. Lee, MD

Visiting Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-648-6494

Office: NW 628 UPMC Montefiore
3459 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-6494
Fax: 412-648-6495
Administrative Assistant:
Jo Anne Phillips
Phone: 412-648-6494
Fax: 412-648-6495
Education and Training
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1991
Clinical Effectiveness Program, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996
Diploma, Evidence Based Health Care, Oxford University, Kellogg College, 2014
Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1992
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1994
Fellowship (Clinical) - Pulmonary Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1998
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1998
Research Interest
Development of Mastery and Decay of Medical Knowledge and Skills for Complex Concepts
Clinical Interest
Dr. Lee is a senior medical-educator in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He is particularly interested in care of critically ill patients, especially in the use of mechanical ventilation. He is also interested in global health, having recently joined the Division after living overseas to teach and train national physicians and clinical officers in Kenya from 2010-2016.
Educational Interest
Dr. Lee's main academic focus has been the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, both in the US and in Sub Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in teaching mechanical ventilation, pulmonary physiology, and scientific literacy and numeracy. Prior to joining Pitt, he has taught ICU medicine for residents and fellows at the Washington Hospital Center in DC and was the course director of the Scientific Literacy, Numeracy & Clinical Decision Making Course and also of the 4th Year ICU Rotation for Georgetown medical students for many years. During his years in Kenya, he co-founded the Emergency Critical Care Clinical Officer (ECCCO) Program at Kijabe Hospital, an 18-month training program to help provide quality care of critically ill patients in the emergency room and the ICU. He has also been exploring the use of preceptorial method to teach complex concepts in medical education, such as mechanical ventilation, for fellows at Washington Hospital Center, National Institute of Health and now at University of Pittsburgh.
Notable Achievements
Co-Founder of the Emergency Critical Care Clinical Officer (ECCCO) Program, Kijabe, Kenya, 2015 to Present
Co-Founder of the Mid-Atlantic Critical Care Education Consortium, 2010 to Present