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Mark Lee, MD, FACP Program Director

Mark C. Lee, MD, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and currently serves as the Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency at Billings Clinic. Dr. Lee has had a lifelong career as a clinician-educator and subscribes to the education philosophy that we can touch more patients through the promotion of medical education.

Prior to joining Billings Clinic, Dr. Lee held the rank of Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He spent over two decades of his initial career at the Mayo Clinic before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 2015 as Medical Director for the UNM Center for Life and as Associate Director of the UNM Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Lee is one of the most recognized educators at Mayo Clinic. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is one of very few Mayo Clinic faculty who have been inducted into the Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame multiple times. Dr. Lee received formal training at Stanford University and currently serves as one of 198 facilitators for the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching. He created and implemented the Mayo Clinic’s faculty development curriculum and he has personally mentored hundreds of Mayo Clinic faculty in the art of teaching. His education leadership at Mayo Clinic is especially noteworthy as he served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Founder of the GIM Section of Medical Education for over a decade. He is known internationally for his work in medical education and faculty development in clinical teaching.

Dr. Lee was one of the founding members of the Mayo Clinic Program for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and is internationally recognized for expertise in integrative medicine. He served as the Director for Integrative Medicine Education and as Vice Chair of the acupuncture practice. As a clinician, he created and practiced in one of the first regional referral based consultative medicine practices at Mayo Clinic and he served as a personal physician for faculty, trainees and their families. Formally trained in medical acupuncture, he has taken a scholarly approach to integrating ancient healing methods with allopathic medicine. Dr. Lee’s clinical leadership at Mayo Clinic has been extensive, with over 35 institutional leadership and committee roles.

Dr. Lee has been prolific in scholarship directly related to his career focus. He served as Associate Editor for the Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Board Review 10th edition and Section Editor for the Mayo Clinic Book of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Lee has served as content expert and author for Mayo Clinic’s AskMayoExpert as well as ACP’s PIER resource. He has been interviewed by national and international mass media for his expertise in Integrative Medicine and Education. He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts, book chapters and authored curricula.

Honors for Dr. Lee include:

Mayo Internal Medicine Residency Recognition for Outstanding Teacher of Physical Diagnosis – Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Best Educator for Resident Education – Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education – Mayo Clinic (2011)

Mayo Clinic Teacher of the Year Award – Mayo Fellows’ Association (2001, 2003, 2005)

Mayo Clinic Teacher of the Year Award – Hall of Fame – Mayo Fellows’ Association (2005, 2006, 2007)

Educational Excellence Award – Mayo Clinic (2005)

Certificate of Achievement – ACP-ASIM Community Speech Program (1999)

Recognition of Dedicated Leadership as Education Chair – Mayo Clinic (1999 – 2011)

Outstanding Contribution to ACP Award – American College of Physicians (1998)

David R. Sanderson Education Award – Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (1998)

Morton Fuchs Education Award – American College of Physicians (1997)


Pang R, Wang S, Tian L, Lee, MC, Do A, Cutshall SM, Li G, Bauer BA, Thomley BS, Chon TY. Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Am J Chin Med. 2015 Nov 30:1550085. PMID: 26621439

Wahner-Roedler DL, Lee MC , Chon TY, Cha SS, Loehrer LL, Bauer BA. Physicians’ attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine and their knowledge of specific therapies: 8-year follow-up at an academic medical center. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb; 20(1):54-60. Epub 2013 Oct 22. PMID:24439646.

Staci M. Lee, Mark C. Lee, Darcy A. Reed, Andrew J. Halvorsen, Elie F. Berbari, Furman S. McDonald, and Thomas J. Beckman (2014) Success of a Faculty Development Program for Teachers at the Mayo Clinic. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: December 2014, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 704-708.

Chon TY, Lee MC . Acupuncture. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Oct; 88(10):1141-6. PMID:24079683.

Loo NM, Arthur AK, Lee MC . 31-year-old woman with alopecia. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Oct; 88(10):1147-50. PMID:24079684.

Konik E, Bauer B, Lee M . 64-year-old male with septic arthritis of the pubic symphysis. Clin Pract. 2011 Jul 1; 1(3):e76. Epub 2011 Oct 19. PMID:24765337.

Elkin PL, Liebow M, Bauer BA, Chaliki S, Wahner-Roedler D, Bundrick J, Lee M , Brown SH, Froehling D, Bailey K, Famiglietti K, Kim R, Hoffer E, Feldman M, Barnett GO. The introduction of a diagnostic decision support system (DXplain) into the workflow of a teaching hospital service can decrease the cost of service for diagnostically challenging Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs). Int J Med Inform. 2010 Nov; 79(11):772-7. Epub 2010 Oct 14. PMID:20951080.

Mueller PS, McConahey LL, Orvidas LJ, Lee MC , Bowen JM, Beckman TJ, Kasten MJ. Visiting medical student elective and clerkship programs: a survey of US and Puerto Rico allopathic medical schools. BMC Med Educ. 2010; 10:41. Epub 2010 Jun 07. PMID:20529301.

Beckman TJ, Lee MC , Ficalora RD. Experience with a medical education research group at the Mayo Clinic. Med Teach. 2009 Jun; 31(6):518-21. PMID:18937135.

Beckman TJ, Lee MC . Proposal for a collaborative approach to clinical teaching. Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 Apr; 84(4):339-44. PMID:19339652.

Wahner-Roedler DL, Chaliki SS, Bauer BA, Bundrick JB, Bergstrom LR, Lee MC , Cha SS, Elkin PL. Who makes the diagnosis? The role of clinical skills and diagnostic test results. J Eval Clin Pract. 2007 Jun; 13(3):321-5. PMID:17518794.

Cook DA, Gelula MH, Lee MC , Bauer BA, Dupras DM, Schwartz A. A web-based course on complementary medicine for medical students and residents improves knowledge and changes attitudes. Teach Learn Med. 2007 Summer; 19(3):230-8. PMID:17594217.

Khawaja FJ, Mahmood ST, Lee MC . 86-year-old woman with abdominal pain and diarrhea. Mayo Clin Proc. 2007 Apr; 82(4):487-9. PMID:17418078.

Beckman TJ, Lee MC , Mandrekar JN. A comparison of clinical teaching evaluations by resident and peer physicians. Med Teach. 2004 Jun; 26(4):321-5. PMID:15203844.

Wahner-Roedler DL, Elkin PL, Lee MC , Vincent A, Gay RE, Loehrer LL, Pankratz VS, Bauer BA. Complementary and alternative medicine. Use by patients seen in different specialty areas in a tertiary-care centre. Evid Based Integr Med. 2004; 1(4):253-60.

Bauer BA, Lee MC , Wahner-Roedler DL, Brown SH, Pankratz VS, Elkin PE. A controlled trial of physician’s and patients’s abilities to distinguish authoritative from misleading complementary and alternative medicine web sites. Journal of Cancer Integrative Medicine. 2003 Fall; 1(1):48-54.

Beckman TJ, Lee MC , Rohren CH, Pankratz VS. Evaluating an instrument for the peer review of inpatient teaching. Med Teach. 2003 Mar; 25(2):131-5. PMID:12745519.

Rosenbloom ST, Awad J, Speroff T, Elkin PL, Rothman R, Spickard A III, Peterson J, Bauer BA, Wahner-Roedler DL, Lee M , Gregg WM, Johnson KB, Jirjis J, Erlbaum MS, Carter JS, Lincoln MJ, Brown SH. Adequacy of representation of the national drug file reference terminology physiologic effects reference hierarchy for commonly prescribed medications. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2003; 569-73.

Elkin PL, Bauer BA, Wahner-Roedler D, Lee M , Kaihoi B. The usability of distance learning. IMIA Symposium. 2003.

Bauer BA, Lee M , Bergstrom L, Wahner-Roedler DL, Bundrick J, Litin S, Hoffer E, Kim RJ, Famiglietti K, Barnett GO, Elkin P. Internal medicine resident satisfaction with a diagnostic decision support system (DXplain) introduced on a teaching hospital service. Proc AMIA Symp. 2002; 31-5. PMID:12463781.

Elkin PL, Ruggieri A, Bergstrom L, Bauer BA, Lee M , Ogren PV, Chute CG. A randomized controlled trial of concept based indexing of Web page content. Proceedings / AMIA . Annual Symposium. 2000:220-4.

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