Vivian S. Lee is an American Radiologist and CEO of University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City. She is also the dean of the school of medicine at the University of Utah and senior vice president for health sciences. Lee is a Rhodes Scholar, has published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies, and is the author of Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols. She is married to international legal scholar Benedict William Kingsbury.
Education and Research 
Lee graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College magna cum laude in 1986 before receiving a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University where she received a doctorate in medical engineering. She then earned an M.D. with honors from Harvard Medical School and subsequently completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Duke University and a fellowship in MRI at NYU Medical Center. In 2006, Lee completed a Master of Business Administration degree at NYU's Stern School of Business. Lee is currently the principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. Her research focuses on development of quantitative functional body and cardiovascular MRI.
Work Experience 
Before joining the University of Utah, Dr. Lee served as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at NYU's Langone Medical Center. As CEO of University of Utah Health Care, Lee oversees an academic health sciences complex that includes five major schools (School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health) and a health care system comprising of four hospitals, dozens of clinical and research specialty centers, a network of 10 Salt Lake City-area health centers, a health plan, and over 1,000 board-certified physicians serving patients from six Intermountain states. Under her leadership, the University of Utah established a new School of Dentistry, the first new academic dental school in the nation in over 25 years.
Work at the University of Utah 
Lee came to the University of Utah in July 2011 and has focused on increased efficiency in health care, translational research that can change medicine, and innovation to spur new technology and medical breakthroughs. In these areas, Lee implemented key initiatives: • LEAN Management and Value-Driven Outcomes (VDO): Streamlining processes and improving efficiency in health care to provide the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. • The Utah Genome Project: a signature research program combining leading-edge genetics research with a vast storehouse of health and genealogical information in the Utah Population Database, advancing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease based on individual traits and family history. • The Center for Medical Innovation: A University-wide center to bring together innovators from across campus to make breakthroughs in technology that will change the face of medicine. • Algorithms for Innovation: A unique publication and web site that has sparked a national discussion about the big questions facing academic medicine and the range of creative solutions being proposed.
Awards and Recognition 
In addition to her Rhodes scholarship, Lee was named an Outstanding Teacher by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2005, 2011 and 2012. She also received the Chang-Lin Tien Leadership award in 2009.