UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Lee, Monica I

School of Medicine
(210) 617-5300 ext. 14738

My name is Monica Lee and I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). My interest in academic medicine including the research, medical education and leadership opportunities led me to join the UTHSCSA faculty upon completion of my Internal Medicine residency in 2002. I began my career at the University of Texas Disease Management Center (UTDMC) where I was able to expand my interest in research and leadership. I participated in two large clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of intensive outpatient disease management on patient outcomes. I also served as the Project Director of the UTDMC where I supervised 30-35 employees consisting of physicians, nurses and administrative staff and coordinated patient recruitment throughout South Texas with multiple institutions. At the conclusion of the clinical trials, I continue to pursue my career in academic medicine and was promoted to Assistant Professor at UTHSCSA and became the Medical Director of the Adult Medicine Clinic at the University Center for Community Health. As the Medical Director, I was responsible for the daily operations management of the clinic and supervised 3 UT faculty physicians as well as 12 University Health System ancillary staff. I created and implemented business practices and policies to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery to patients in the outpatient setting. In 2007, a new opportunity became available as an academic hospitalist at UTHSCSA and Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital (ALMVAH). As an academic hospitalist, I was able to broaden my interests in medical education and quality improvement. I was one of the founding members of the hospitalist program at ALMVAH which has expanded from 2 physicians to more than 20 physicians. For the past nine years as an academic hospitalist, I have served as the staff physician and teaching attending at ALMVAH where I instruct and supervise medical students, interns, residents, and nurse practitioners. For my contribution to medical student education, I was awarded the Medicine Clerkship Outstanding Faculty. I was also the recipient of the Top Preceptor award for five consecutive years for the second year medical student physical exam course. Together with students and residents that I have mentored, we have presented numerous posters at regional and national conferences. To improve the quality of care at ALMVAH, I served as the Physician Utilization Management Advisor. I reviewed medical records to determine medical necessity for inpatient stays and provided feedback on system issues that prolong hospital length of stay. I also served as the team leader of a project that created an electronic medical record algorithm and order set for the implementation of an alcohol withdrawal protocol which is now used throughout the hospital. After ten years as a Hospitalist, I have decided to return to my initial passion to serve the veteran population as a primary care provider. In this new role, I hope to improve veteran access to primary care and outpatient subspecialty care as well as improve transitions of care between inpatient and outpatient setting. I also hope to continue my academic career and passion for teaching by assisting the UT Health School of Medicine with the development and growth of a new internal medicine resident clinic at the Frank Tejeda VA Outpatient Clinic.

9/2017 - Present Associate Professor / Clinical UT Health San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
7/2007 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, San Antonio, TX
7/2007 - Present Staff Physician South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
8/2002 - Present Staff Physician University Health System, Medicine, San Antonio, TX