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Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management

MD, Rutgers University
BA, Wellesley College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Sun Lee, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition, and Weight Management at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.
She earned her MD from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School and her MSc in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine and clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology at Boston Medical Center/ Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lee has extensive clinical and research experience, with a focus on thyroid disorders and iodine nutrition, especially in pregnancy. She has been award NIH K23 grant to study effects of maternal thyroid function and thyroidal disruptor exposure on pregnancy and child developmental outcomes. Dr. Lee's research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her work at national and international conferences.

With her expertise, she was invited to serve on the American Thyroid Association Thyroid and Pregnancy Guidelines Task Force. She is actively involved in professional societies locally and nationally, and serves as the chair of the publication committee at the American Thyroid Association and as the president of the New England Endocrine Alliance. She also serves on the editorial board of Thyroid.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Lee has been serving as the director of Endocrine Grand Rounds for the section of Endocrine, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. As the course directors, she organized BU CAMed endocrine grand rounds sessions focusing on disparities of healthcare, with topics including Transgender medicine, Recognizing cognitive biases in medicine, Considering diversity at Boston University School of Medicine, Social determinants of health in bariatric surgery patients, Transgender care and the GenderCare center at Boston Medical Center, Qualitative analysis of social determinants of health and weight regain post weight loss surgery, The effect of health disparities in the management of hypothyroidism in pregnancy and in the assessment of maternal and fetal outcomes, Advancing equity in diabetes prevention and management, Importance of language when discussing disease, weight, and socioeconomic status, Disparities in fracture prevention.
Dr. Lee has also been mentored trainees on research projects focusing on potential impact of health disparities in management of thyroid disease in pregnancy.

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Osinga JAJ, Liu Y, Männistö T, Vafeiadi M, Tao FB, Vaidya B, Vrijkotte TGM, Mosso L, Bassols J, López-Bermejo A, Boucai L, Aminorroaya A, Feldt-Rasmussen U, Hisada A, Yoshinaga J, Broeren MAC, Itoh S, Kishi R, Ashoor G, Chen L, Veltri F, Lu X, Taylor PN, Brown SJ, Chatzi L, Popova PV, Grineva EN, Ghafoor F, Pirzada A, Kianpour M, Oken E, Suvanto E, Hattersley A, Rebagliato M, Riaño-Galán I, Irizar A, Vrijheid M, Delgado-Saborit JM, Fernández-Somoano A, Santa-Marina L, Boelaert K, Brenta G, Dhillon-Smith R, Dosiou C, Eaton JL, Guan H, Lee SY, Maraka S, Morris-Wiseman LF, Nguyen CT, Shan Z, Guxens M, Pop VJM, Walsh JP, Nicolaides KH, D'Alton ME, Visser WE, Carty DM, Delles C, Nelson SM, Alexander EK, Chaker L, Palomaki GE, Peeters RP, Bliddal S, Huang K, Poppe KG, Pearce EN, Derakhshan A, Korevaar TIM. Risk Factors for Thyroid Dysfunction in Pregnancy: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis. Thyroid. 2024 Mar 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38546971
  2. Peng CC, Lin YJ, Lee SY, Lin SM, Han C, Loh CH, Huang HK, Pearce EN. MACE and Hyperthyroidism Treated With Medication, Radioactive Iodine, or Thyroidectomy. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Mar 04; 7(3):e240904.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38436957; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.0904;
  3. Kaplan ZB, Pearce EN, Lee SY, Shin HM, Schmidt RJ. Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction During Pregnancy as an Etiologic Factor in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities for Research. Thyroid. 2024 Feb; 34(2):144-157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38149625; DOI: 10.1089/thy.2023.0391;
  4. Lee SY, Pearce EN. Wallace TC (ed) Health Professional’s Guide to Dietary Supplements. Iodine. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chicago. 2024; 322-328. View Publication
  5. Lee SY, Pearce EN. Hyperthyroidism: A Review. JAMA. 2023 Oct 17; 330(15):1472-1483.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37847271; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2023.19052;
  6. Chiung-Hui Peng C, Han C, Waisayanand N, De Leo S, Srimatkandada P, Kommareddy S, Pearce EN, He X, Lee SY. Changes in Urinary Iodine Levels Following Bariatric Surgery. Endocr Pract. 2023 Sep; 29(9):710-715.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37385530; DOI: 10.1016/j.eprac.2023.06.008;
  7. Lee SY, Modzelewski KL, Law AC, Walkey AJ, Pearce EN, Bosch NA. Comparison of Propylthiouracil vs Methimazole for Thyroid Storm in Critically Ill Patients. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Apr 03; 6(4):e238655.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37067797; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.8655;
  8. Solomon AL, Farwell AP, Pearce EN, Lee SY. Letter to the Editor: A Patient-Centered Survey-Based Assessment of Prenatal Management of Hypothyroidism for Women of Reproductive Age. Thyroid. 2022 Jul; 32(7):871-874.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35596561; DOI: 10.1089/thy.2022.0032;
  9. Lee SY, Pearce EN. Assessment and treatment of thyroid disorders in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2022 03; 18(3):158-171.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34983968; DOI: 10.1038/s41574-021-00604-z;
  10. Lee SY, Pearce EN. Davies T.F. (eds) A Case-Based Guide to Clinical Endocrinology. Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Cancer in Pregnant Women. Springer. New York. 2022; 341-348. View Publication
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2021 Rosalind Franklin Society: The Rosalind Franklin Society Award in Science
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Pregnancy Outcomes
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Endocrine Disease
Thyroid disrupting chemicals
clinical epidemiology

I am available to medical student, residents, and fellows for mentoring for projects with topics in endocrine, thyroid disease, iodine nutrition.

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