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Jennifer S. Lee, MD

by Jasmine Batchelor

August 7, 2019

Agency Director,
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Dr. Jennifer Lee serves as the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Virginia state Medicaid agency, responsible for overseeing a $10 billion budget and providing health coverage for over 1 million Virginians. Previously she served as Deputy under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services and Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There she was responsible for overseeing national policy and leading key initiatives for the Nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,200 sites of care serving more than nine million veterans. From 2014-16, Dr. Lee served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Governor Terry McAuliffe. She helped launch his “A Healthy Virginia” plan to improve access to care for people with mental illness and address the opioid crisis through innovative Medicaid waivers and programs, led the Governor’s bioscience initiative, and spearheaded new employment opportunities for former combat medics and corpsmen. From 2008-11, she served on the Virginia Board of Medicine. Dr. Lee has also served as a White House Fellow, a health policy fellow on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and a Policy Research Scholar and Associate Professor at George Washington University. She received her bachelor’s in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins. She is a board-certified, practicing emergency physician and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.