Kee Chan, PhD

Kee Chan, PhD
Health Management Consultant

Visiting Faculty/Scientist
Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital

Governing Councilor, Maternal and Child Health,
American Public Health Association

Health Economist
Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR)

Contact Information:

Follow me on Twitter: @keechanphd.


PhD, Yale 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)

Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Grant Award – Using Social Media Tools to Enhance Public Health Education and Service Learning (2012).

Research Interest:
Medical Decision Making
Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis)
Public Health Genomics

About Kee Chan, PhD:

Dr. Kee Chan is a passionate teacher on the science of health and wellness. She is currently a visiting scientist at Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital, where she researches the impact of microRNA and epigenetic mechanisms in promoting an effective immune response.  She has taught courses on genomics, public health and leadership.  She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University and conducted research at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To extend her interest in creating sustainable healthcare system in the intersection of genomic information and clinical care, Dr. Chan is currently completing a Master’s degree in Finance at Harvard University. Dr. Chan is an expert on developing mathematical models to determine time-saving and cost-effective strategies in improving public health. Dr. Kee Chan is a research investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she conducts health economic analyses on several projects at the VA hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts.  Dr. Chan collaborates with researchers across the U.S. and internationally on projects. Currently, Dr. Chan is a health management consultant and travels internationally to evaluate effective public health programs.

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 2012, half of states in the U.S. have implemented newborn screening for SCID using the TREC test to screen for over 2 millions babies.  Dr. Chan was a member of the Genetic Alliance Consumer Task Force, and together, they will increase the awareness of genetic testing in newborn screening programs.

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).  Dr. Chan is a co-chair of a maternal and child health committee of the Association Public Health Association (APHA) and a member of the Society of Medical Decision Making (SMDM).  She is an active member of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) where she has moderated workshops on negotiation, financial management, and book reviews. She is on the organizing committee of YaleWomen at Boston and helps organize events for Yale alumni.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Chan is also an integrative health coach, and a certified Barre, Yoga, and Pilates Instructor. She practices meditation and kundalini yoga daily. Her mission is to spread the joy of mindfulness and peace through the appreciation of a global genomic society.  Her paper titled “Our DNA Family Reunion“, which illustrates the genomic basis of our humanity, was awarded the APHA Genomics Forum award in 2013.  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 June 1, 2015