Philip Randolph Lee, MD, (b 1924) was the Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs under the Johnson administration in the late 1960's, the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration from 1993-1997, and Director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco from 1972 to 1993. In September of 2007, the Institute for Health Policy Studies was renamed the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in his honor.
As the US Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr Lee advocated for biomedical research for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and for the term CFS to be retired. He was a strongly opposed to the psychosocial explanations of ME/CFS stating: "While I believe in the psychosocial determinants of health paradigm, this approach to CFS has gone too far."
- 2001, California Public Health Association presented him with the Henrik Blum Award
- 2000, American Public Health Association’s Sedgwick Medal
- 2000, Institute of Medicine’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award for “outstanding national achievement in improving personal health care services in the United States”
- 1998, David Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges
- 1998, Rudy Perpich Senior Lectureship Award, presented to a distinguished CFS/FM scientist, physician or healthcare worker awarded by IACFS/ME
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