Massachusetts Medical Society
A doctor from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has been named the 2013 Community Clinician of the Year by the Suffolk District Medical Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society announced Tuesday.
Dr. Yhu-Hsiung (Henry) Lee, a Needham resident, is an emergency room physician and chairman of infection control at the health center, where he has worked for more than four decades.
Lee was nominated by colleagues, who wrote that he is a “skilled diagnostician and clinician, sought after as a teacher and consultant by other physicians, nurse practitioners, and nursing staffs.
“Few people have cared for as many patients from East Boston and the surrounding communities, or assisted and trained as many health center physicians and nurses, or triggered as rapid and effective responses to community outbreaks of infectious diseases as Dr. Lee,” his colleagues wrote.
Lee was previously named 2008 Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and was the 1972-1974 recipient of the US Public Health Special Fellowship Award.
He studied at the Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan and completed his residency training in otolaryngology — diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, and throat — in Taiwan before an internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
He was later a resident in pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and an affiliated resident in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Lee trained in infectious disease at the Harvard Medical Unit of Boston City Hospital and taught pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He served as an emergency room doctor at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth and is a staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center.
The Massachusetts Medical Society established the Community Clinician of the Year Award in 1998 to recognize leading advocate and caregiver from each of its 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to patients and the community.
The Suffolk District includes nearly 4,000 doctors in Boston and adjacent communities.