Forrester A. Lee

Dr. Forrester (“Woody”) Lee, Professor of Medicine, earned Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude honors from Dartmouth College and Yale School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was a Chief Resident. He continued at Yale to complete a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, joined the Yale faculty and was promoted to full professor. Dr. Lee has served as Medical Director of the Yale-New Haven Cardiac Transplantation and Heart Failure Program and acting Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine. He was the Associate Dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Yale School of Medicine. During his career Dr. Lee has published articles in the fields of heart failure, transplantation, methods of cardiac imaging and health disparities. He has developed programs to increased diversity among students and faculty and to improve the opportunities for underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in biomedical science. He is the principal investigator on major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is co-author with James Pringle of A Noble and Independent Course: the Life of the Reverend Edward Mitchell, the first person of African descent to graduate from Dartmouth College and the Ivy League (Dartmouth Press, 2018).

In 1828 Edward Mitchell was the first student of African descent to graduate from Dartmouth College, more than thirty-five years before any other Ivy…