Dr. Patrick Lee was selected to serve as Central Health’s new President & CEO by the Board of Managers in December, 2023. Most recently, Dr. Lee served as the inaugural System Chairman of Medicine for One Brooklyn Health (OBH), a safety-net health system in central Brooklyn serving over one million New York City residents, leading 11 clinical divisions with more than 500 practitioners, working at three hospitals and 27 ambulatory care sites. Dr. Lee was the key leader uniting medical staff at the three formerly independent hospitals, and recruiting additional providers in multiple specialties, into an efficient and comprehensive provider group serving a community with the highest level of health disparities in New York.
Prior to OBH, Dr. Lee was Chairman of Medicine at Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital north of Boston, which during his tenure responded to the highest COVID-19 patient volume among community hospitals in Massachusetts, saving the lives of more than 1,200 patients during the early months of the pandemic. Before that, Dr. Lee developed the Global Primary Care Residency Program at Massachusetts General and a global health course at Harvard Medical School, both informed by his early career work with Dr. Paul Farmer in Rwanda and as Medical Director of Last Mile Health in Liberia, a nonprofit partner of the nation’s Ministry of Health.
Dr. Lee is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and received further training at both Massachusetts General and Harvard Medical School. He has written on improving primary care health systems, quality improvement, and medical education for publications including The Lancet, BMJ Quality, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.