Jenny Sunghyun Lee, PhD, MPH, CHES, CWP, CHWC, DipIBLM, FACLM is the first Korean-American, board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, a certified Health and Wellness Coach, a certified National Wellness Practitioner, and a certified Health Education Specialist, to name a few. She is a Professor of Family Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Lee has dedicated her career to promoting comprehensive health and wellness among medical professionals and the broader community over a decade. In pursuit of that aim, she has served as an educator, researcher, healthcare innovator, community health promoter, columnist, essayist, public speaker, and medical contributor at radio talk show. Dr. Lee accomplished her doctoral specialty in Neuro-Motor Behavior Science and achieved a post-doctoral degree in Master of Public Health with concentration of Health Behavior, Education, and Promotion in University of South Carolina; and she holds Masters’ degrees in Therapeutic Recreation in Ohio State University and Exercise Physiology in Yeungnam University in Korea where she also holds Bachelor degree in English Literature and Language.
For more than a decade, in both academic and community settings, Dr. Lee has demonstrated and promoted the practice of optimal holistic lifestyle to achieve a healthful spirit, mind, body, and behavior in individuals and populations. In initial professional roles, Dr. Lee served as a faculty of Behavioral and Community Health as well as Health Science in school of public health; and she Lee developed and taught many courses related to personal and community health at both graduate and undergraduate levels that include: health and wellness, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, stress management, health promotion programming and evaluation, research methods, anatomy and physiology, human diseases, working with family, etc. Also, as a faculty of Family Medicine and Medical Practice in the past 5 years, for pre-clerkship students, Dr. Lee created and taught courses in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention competency, for honor students, Lifestyle Medicine (LM) course, as well as for residents, curriculum in LM and Physician Wellness, and Research didactics. She additionally served as a faculty of SAGE (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) in Geriatric Department.
Dr. Lee was also actively engaged in the pursuit of three NIH translational research grant projects (RO1 HL087768, 3R01 HL087768-03S1, P20 MD006882) intended to transform adverse lifestyles and promote lasting behavior change and lifelong wellness among underserved minority populations through their faith-based organizations and community partnerships and health disparity to prevent and reduce cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome. In such CBPR (community-based participatory research) research efforts, Dr. Lee and her team used her signature GoodNEWS (Genes/Epigenetics, Nutrition/Nurturance, Exercise/Expression, Wellness, and Spiritual Growth) Lifestyle Enhancement Program she developed grounded in the evidence-based framework of Epigenetics that links spirit, mind, body, lifestyle, environment, and health outcomes. In late research works, Dr. Lee extended her investigation efforts into clinical study of Diabetes group medical visit, pain registry research, mobile clinic research, review studies of epigenetics, and survey studies of medical students and residents, to name a few. As for clinical roles and services, Dr. Lee mainly implemented Group Medical Visits for patients with Diabetes, teaming with an internist at Family Medicine clinic, conducted community medicine-based primary care services in the GoodNEWS Program, and offered free clinic care services with Asian medical students to Asian-American residents living in North Texas region.
Besides the services of medical education, research, patient care, and community services in the field of LM, Dr. Lee assumed a servant-leadership role in spearheading LM Movement in Asia and her native country Korea. She initiated the founding of Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) by inviting the representatives from five countries in Asia. In the current, she serves as a president of ASLM. She is also a founder and co-president of the Korean Association of Lifestyle Medicine (KALM), which will be rebranded to KCLM (Korean College of LM). She also lately founded Korean-American College of Lifestyle Medicine (KACLM). She currently serves as a member of Council of Directors of the True Health Initiative and an advisory member of Lifestyle Medicine Global Association(LMGA). In the ACLM (Am. College of LM), she serves as committee members of the research, clinical process model development, and happiness science in healthcare. She additionally serves as an advisory member of Lifestyle Medicine Education at Next Generation University(NextGenU). She is also an ambassador of Asia/Korea of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO). Moreover, Dr. Lee recently founded and has directed the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care or CLMWC (www.lifemedwellcare.org), designed to support Asian healthcare communities and general populations to be engaged in Lifestyle Medicine education, research, practice, resources, services, and networks.
Dr. Lee also actively has engaged as a public health practitioner; in USA, she frequently presented at APHA (American Public Health Association) conferences. And she served as a member of communication committee of the Society for Public Health Education. Additionally, she serves as a community health advocate and a committee member at Tarrant County Public Health Department, Texas where she leads the lifestyle education and wellness coaching project to promote healthy lifestyle among minority under-served residents. Furthermore, Dr. Lee engages in substantial outreach to the Korean-American community by co-hosting a Dallas Radio Health/Wellness Talk Segment that reaches over 100,000 Korean residents in North Texas. She additionally writes a monthly column on Lifestyle Medicine and Health Message in the Health Magazine, Family and Health, affiliated with Seventh-Day Adventist, which is distributed to the Korean Adventist Community as well as the Korean population in Korea and USA and World. She also recently was invited to write columns on Lifestyle Medicine in Whiznomics, the prestigious magazine targeted at intellectuals in Korea, USA, and World. Dr. Lee is also a newly born essayist based in both USA and Korea as registered by The Essay Literature in South Korea.