Douglas S Lee, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Lee is the Ted Rogers Chair in Heart Function Outcomes and a staff cardiologist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of University Health Network. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and senior scientist and leader of the Cardiovascular Program at ICES. Dr. Lee obtained his MD and completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto. He completed a PhD in the section of Clinical Epidemiology in the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Framingham Heart Study. He has published 261 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Circulation, JACC, and the European Heart Journal. His Scopus h-index is 57, and his articles have been cited over 13,000 times in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Lee has expertise in outcomes and health services research, health policy, prospective studies and large database research. He has conducted numerous studies which have linked granular clinical databases to conduct prospective studies or pragmatic randomized trials using ICES databases.

Dr. Lee’s research interests include heart failure epidemiology and outcomes, implantable cardioverter defibrillator utilization and outcomes, cardiovascular disease risk factors and prevention, and quality of care and outcomes research.

For a list of Dr. Lee's publications, please visit PubMed, Scopus or ORCID.


Selected publications:

Raslan IR, Ross HJ, Fowler RA, Scales DC, Stelfox HT, Mak S, Tu JV, Farkouh ME, Stukel TA, Wang X, van Diepen S, Wunsch H, Austin PC, Lee DS. The associations between direct and delayed critical care unit admission with mortality and readmissions among patients with heart failure. Am Heart J 2021 [in press]

Crosier R, Austin PC, Ko DT, Lawler PR, Stukel TA, Farkouh ME, Wang X, Spertus JA, Ross HJ, Lee DS. Intensity of guideline-directed medical therapy for coronary heart disease and ischemic heart failure outcomes. Am J Med 2021 [n press]

Anderson K, Ross HJ, Austin PC, Fang J, Lee DS. Healthcare utilization before first heart failure hospitalization: identifying opportunities to pre-emptively diagnose impending decompensation. JACC Heart Fail 2020 [in press]

Tam DY, Dharma C, Rocha R, Farkouh ME, Abdel-Qadir H, Sun LY, Wijeysundera HC, Austin PC, Udell J, Gaudino M, Fremes SE, Lee DS. Long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary intervention in multivessel disease and diabetes. J Am Coll Cardiol 2020; 76(10):1153-1164

Angaran P, Dorian P, Ha ACT, Thavendiranathan P, Tsang W, Leong-Poi H, Woo A, Dias B, Wang X, Austin PC, Lee DS. Association of left ventricular ejection fraction with mortality and hospitalizations. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2020; 33(7):802-811

Abdel-Qadir H, Thavendiranathan P, Fung K, Amir E, Austin PC, Anderson GS, Lee DS. Association of early-stage breast cancer and subsequent chemotherapy with risk of atrial fibrillation after early stage breast cancer and chemotherapy. JAMA Netw Open 2019; 2(9):e1911838

Braga JR, Leong-Poi H, Rac VE, Austin PC, Ross HJ, Lee DS. Trends in the use of cardiac imaging for patients with heart failure in Canada. JAMA Netw Open 2019; 2(8):e198766

Lee DS, Lee JS, Schull MJ, Borgundvaag B, Edmonds ML, Ivankovic M, McLeod SL, Dreyer JF, Sabbah S, Levy PD, O’Neill T, Chong A, Stukel TA, Austin PC, Tu JV. Prospective validation of the emergency heart failure mortality risk grade for acute heart failure: the acute congestive heart failure urgent care evaluation (ACUTE) study. Circulation 2019; 139:1146-56

Atzema CL, Austin PC, Yu B, Schull MJ, Jackevicius CA, Ivers NM, Rochon PA, Lee DS. Effect of early physician follow-up on mortality and subsequent hospital admissions after emergency care for heart failure: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ 2018; 190 (50): E1468-E1477

Thavendiranathan P, Abdel-Qadir H, Fischer HD, Liu Y, Camacho X, Amir E, Austin PC, Lee DS. ‘Risk-imaging mismatch’ in cardiac imaging practices for women receiving systemic therapy for early stage breast cancer: a population-based cohort study. J Clin Oncol 2018; 36(30):2980-2987

Ted Rogers Chair in Heart Function Outcomes, UHN
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Faculty Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
Senior Core Scientist, ICES