About Me

Kee Chan, PhD, MBA

Kee Chan, PhD, MBA

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Email:  keechanphd@gmail.com
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  • PhD, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • ALM, Finance and Management, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • eMBA, Executive MBA program SMARTLY Institute, Washington DC.
  • MS, Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • BS, Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Certificate in Strategic Management, Harvard University
  • Certificate in Social Sector Leadership, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Fellowship and Training:

Instructional Designer Certificate Program, Online Consortium Learning 
Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.
Agent-Based Modeling Certification, Institute of System Sciences and Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
AnyLogic Modeling Certification, AnyLogic, Chicago, IL

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, Ph.D.:

Dr. Kee Chan is a passionate teacher of the science and management of health and wellness.

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.   Dr. Chan is an expert on developing mathematical models to determine time-saving and cost-effective strategies in improving public health. Dr. Chan is an author of an upcoming textbook titled “Advanced Management and Leadership in Population Health” (publisher Jones and Bartlett Learning, available for order Jan 2020).

Academic Background:

She received her BS and MS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and her Ph.D. 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 earned her 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 analysis 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 to evaluate effective public health programs.

dna-1500076Research 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 million 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 of 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 methods, 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 Sept 30, 2019