Scott Lee is a seventh-year MD-PhD Candidate in Health Policy and Management at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. His principal research interests lie in improving the delivery of primary health care both in the United States and, especially, in low- and middle-income countries. His dissertation research currently focuses on the management of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa--i.e., how best to select, train, support, and compensate community health workers so as to maximize their performance.
Scott graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 2003 with a BA in medical anthropology, comparative religion, and African studies. He then completed an MPhil in environment and development as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge and an MPA in health policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Since 2001, Scott has spent ten summers working in rural Kenya, where he has teamed with local villagers to establish a high school, a nursery school, a microfinance program, an agricultural training program, a computer training center, and a community health clinic. In 2006, Scott co-founded a nonprofit organization, Common Hope for Health, to support the Kenyan health clinic and other community-based health initiatives in low-resource settings. He has supplemented this hands-on experience with stints at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Partners In Health in Rwanda, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Scott has completed three years of medical school and is currently a fourth-year student in the PhD Program in Health Policy and Management.