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Karen K. Lee

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KAREN K. LEE, MD, MHSc, FRCPC was born in Penang, Malaysia, and moved with her family to Canada at age eight. She studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed residency training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. As an advisor, her clients and partners have included the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Australian Heart Foundation, several offices of the World Health Organization, and city, provincial and state governments and organizations around the world.

In 2006, Dr. Lee was recruited by the City of New York City to address its epidemics of obesity and non-communicable disease. In the same year, Dr. Lee, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, took the lead in organizing the first annual Fit City Conference in New York. With Dr. Lee’s help, other Fit City Conferences have been held in the US, Australia, Latin America and the UK.
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