Professor Lionel Lee, PPA, MBBS, MSS, MPH, FAMS, graduated in Medicine from the University of Singapore in 1975. He joined the Singapore Armed Forces Medical Corps in 1976 and rose to the rank of Brigadier General and the Chief of the Medical Corps. He retired from the Singapore Armed Forces in 2001. He was an Adjunct Professor with the Duke University-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School. He was also Chairman of the Governing Council of the Dover Park Hospice.
From 1997 to 2011, he was the Director of Defence Medical and Environmental Research Institute (DMERI) of DSO National Laboratories. Professor Lee was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in 2011 before he assumed the role of Professor and Executive Vice-Dean, Administration, of the medical school with effect from 1 April 2013. In his new role, he plays a key role in establishing a first-class medical school with outstanding facilities. He also works with the School’s leadership to develop its strategic partnerships with medical schools, organisations and research institutions in Singapore and abroad.
Professor Lee holds two Master’s degrees in Sports Medicine and Public Health and was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 1997. During his tenure as Chief of the Medical Corps he placed the Corps on an operational footing, with several medical teams being dispatched for humanitarian, peace support and peace keeping operations in many countries around the world. He established formal Paramedic Training which helped initiate the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) vocation in Singapore.
Professor Lee served as Director on several healthcare, research advisory committees and boards of management. He was instrumental in setting up the Soldier Performance Centre for the Singapore Army and the DMERI@DSO. As Director at DMERI@DSO National Laboratories he guided and developed the current research programmes in Biodefence and Emerging Infections, Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear Defence, Military Trauma and Casualty Care, Military Physiology and Cognitive Performance. He led the infrastructural development projects of the new SAF Medical Corps complex and DSO (Kent Ridge) research building. Professor Lee is a recipient of several professional, national and military awards and medals for his service.