Kee Chan, PhD

Kee Chan, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Administration
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership Program

University of Illinois, Chicago
School of Public Health
1603 West Taylor Street, Room 753
Chicago, IL  60612

Tel: (312) 996-1325

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PhD, Yale University
MA, Harvard University
MS, University of California, San Diego
BS, University of California, San Diego

American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Young Professional Award (2013)
Eric Mood New Professional Award by Yale Alumni Association (2013)

Research Interest:
Medical Decision Making
Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis)
Public Health Genomics and Chronic Diseases
Strategic Management and Financial Analysis
Maternal and Child Health

About Kee Chan, PhD:

Dr. Kee Chan is a passionate teacher on the science and management of health and wellness. In 2015, Dr. Chan joined the Faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Administration and in Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership Program at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC).  Her teaching interest includes the intersection of science and strategic planning , financial analysis, public health management, and medical decision making analysis.  Dr. Chan researches the comparative analysis of new biomedical intervention and testing on improving population health and its impact on healthcare services delivery.   At UIC, Dr. Chan is teaching graduate-level (MPH, PhD, and DrPH) courses and mentoring graduate students on their capstone and dissertation projects.  Dr. Chan is an expert on developing mathematical models to determine time-saving and cost-effective strategies in improving public health.

Academic Background:

She received her BS and MS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University.  To extend her interest in creating sustainable healthcare systems in the era of genomic information, Dr. Chan is earning a Master’s degree in Finance at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Chan conducted research at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Chan served as a health economist and research investigator for the Center of Innovation (COIN) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Bedford and Boston, MA. For the VA, she conducted business cases analyses and policy modeling on HIV, Hepatitis C, and cancer genomics.  In 2014-2015, Dr. Chan was a visiting faculty and scientist at Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital, where she evaluated the potential of new medication use for mitochondrial disease in children.   Dr. Chan is collaborating with researchers across the U.S. and internationally on projects and travels internationally to evaluate effective public health programs.

Research and Policy Breakthrough:

Her significant contribution to society includes her development of a screening test to detect for T-cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) in newborns, in which the absence of TRECs is indicative of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) (Chan and Puck 2005).  With screening, babies with SCID are identified early and can be saved by bone marrow treatment and live a healthy life.  As of 2015, more than 45 states in the U.S. have implemented newborn screening for SCID using the TREC test to screen for over 3 millions babies, and Europe and China are considering the implementation.  In the summer of 2015, Dr. Chan was invited to be a part of the European Expert Panel on SCID Screening in Vienna, Austria, to advocate the life-saving benefits of early screening and cost-savings to the healthcare system.  Currently, Israel, Netherlands and Italy are implementing pilot programs to screen for SCID.  Dr. Chan was a member of the Genetic Alliance Consumer Task Force on Baby’s First Test, and together, they helped increased the awareness of genetic testing and newborn screening through grassroots efforts.

Popular Publications:

Dr. Chan has led workshops and written papers on professional development in several national forums. Published in the highly-acclaimed The Chronicle of Higher Education, her article on “Translating the 7 Effective Habits for the Classroom” provides a faculty guide on developing and teaching new academic courses. Dr. Chan is also an advisor on careers in science and public health. She has written papers on career advice for scientists, and her paper on “Bridging Your Research Into Public Health” describes effective tips on navigating through the transition (Chan, Science 2012).

Public Services:

Dr. Chan is currently the Governing Councilor for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) section of the Association Public Health Association (APHA) and is an active member of the Society of Medical Decision Making (SMDM).  She served as the event coordinator for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) where she moderated workshops on negotiation, financial management, and book reviews. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH) . She was on the organizing committee of YaleWomen at Boston and helps organize events for Yale alumni. Her paper titled “Our DNA Family Reunion“, which illustrates the genomics basis of our humanity, was awarded the APHA Genomics Forum award in 2013.

Integrative Health Coaching:

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Chan is also an integrative health coach, and a certified Barre and Pilates Instructor. Combining over two decades of her dance experience in ballet and playing the piano and classical guitar, she uses evidence-based method, meditation, and music to design exercises to help others to live their best life.  She is a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching.  She practices meditation and kundalini yoga daily. Her mission is to spread the joy of mindfulness and peace through the appreciation of a global genomics society. Dr. Chan is the author of an upcoming book on understanding your genes for healthy living.

Visit Dr. Chan’s publications at Google Scholar Citations

updated on August 1, 2015