On the rise: Dr Lenora Lee


Dr Lenora Lee

Infectious Disease Specialist, Kaiser Permanente

This story is part of our July 2021 issue of Young Professionals. Click here to subscribe.

Dr Lenora Lee, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento and Roseville for seven years, has made the most of the coronavirus pandemic. With activities like seeing patients in person, on video and over the phone, and regularly posting information to the public on Facebook and Instagram, Lee has stood out for her hard work, including being named Young Professional of the Year. Metro EDGE 2020 for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards.

With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths declining in the United States in recent months as vaccines have become widely available, Lee, 40, says his work has been rewarding. “There was a mixture of emotions, I would say. Now that things have calmed down and I can look back, we can say that as a specialty we have really helped lead Kaiser. … It has certainly been very rewarding.

The work has been intense at times, such as the uncertain first days of the pandemic in April 2020 and during a summer peak of cases in July 2020. She received 200 phone messages a day and also worked after hours by participating in phone calls for all. regional infectious disease specialists from Kaiser in Northern California.

She also began posting to her personal Facebook and Instagram accounts on social media after noticing her friends, family and even colleagues’ confusion over the coronavirus. “I really like helping people. … It sounds very cliché, but it also shows why I got into infectious disease, which is to help my colleagues and obviously our patients, ”said Lee.

“I really like helping people. … It sounds very cliché, but it also shows why I got into infectious diseases, which is about helping my colleagues and, of course, our patients. ”

For Lee, a native of Sacramento, working in the infectious disease field is something she was apparently born to: Lee’s father, Dr. Kenneth Lee, had a 32-year career in the same specialty for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. and Roseville, retiring in 2011. After attending Cornell University for her bachelor’s degree in biology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City for her doctorate, Lee returned to the capital region to do her residency. in medicine and his scholarship to UC Davis School of Medicine. “It’s just in my blood, I guess, since I was very young,” she says.

Lee is optimistic that the pandemic will eventually be brought under control, although lagging vaccination rates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s easing of mask-wearing requirements in public places worry him of a summer peak of cases. In the meantime, she will continue to fight the good fight: “I think the silver lining is, for an unprecedented time… you are surrounded by great people who want to help and collaborate and come up with new processes and new plans. ”

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