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Commanding Officer

Captain Rees Lee

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Medical Corps
United States Navy
Commanding Officer

CAPT Rees Lee was born and spent his childhood in Sacramento, California.  He attended Stanford University on an NROTC scholarship where he earned degrees in Biology (B.S. – honors) and Psychology (B.A.).  Following college graduation, he spent 5 years as a Line Officer serving consecutively as Communications Officer and Navigator on USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) and Training and Readiness Officer for Destroyer Squadron 35, both units homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI.  CAPT Lee deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer.
In 1991 CAPT Lee transferred to the Medical Corps and received a Navy scholarship to return to Stanford University for medical school.  He graduated from Stanford with honors and continued his medical education at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) as a Pediatric intern and resident.  He spent 3 years at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH) as a general pediatrician followed by completion of a Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005.  CAPT Lee is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology.  He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Chest Physicians.
CAPT Lee has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career including NHOH Medical Staff Vice-President, NMCP Medical Staff President and Chairman of the military’s largest Pediatrics Department and Pediatric Residency at NMCP.  From September 2013 to June 2014, CAPT Lee was the acting Executive Officer of the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) followed by a 2 year assignment as the Executive Officer of Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D).
In addition to his 2 deployments as a Line Officer, CAPT Lee deployed with USS BOXER (LHD 4) in support of Operation Continuing Promise and to the NATO Role 3 Combat Trauma Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as the Senior Medical Officer. 
CAPT Lee has an extensive research portfolio including Government Sponsor of the Health Outcomes Research Center of Excellence, a public-private cooperative research program which uses Military Health System data to analyze healthcare outcomes.  Working with corporate, academic and government collaborators, this project has over 40 ongoing protocols exploring drug safety and clinical outcomes of both adult and pediatric diseases.
CAPT Lee became the fourth Commanding Officer of Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton on June 3rd, 2016.  His personal awards include the two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with the combat valor device) and two Navy Achievement Medals.


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