Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP was elected to the AAFP Board of Directors in 2022. CAFP is proud to support Dr. Lee. He has shown throughout his career that family medicine is and should always be the core of our primary health care system.

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Candidate Statement

My name is Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP and I am honored to be a candidate for the AAFP Board of Directors.

Family medicine must rise up. Not only must we become the physicians we wrote about in our personal statements, we must become the leaders our communities and our nation needs us to be. We must continue to build escape velocity from the gravitational pull of the pandemic, one that has shown just how broken our healthcare system is and just how right family medicine is to heal the brokenness.

Our work is gritty. Our work is essential. Our work is family medicine and I am ready to represent you as we build the future together.

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A dynamic physician executive with over a decade of experience leading and innovating in family medicine and primary care delivery systems, Dr. Lee is currently the chief medical officer at Share Our Selves, a federally-qualified health center, in Orange County, CA. Respected and known as a relational, facilitative leader who motivates and empowers his team to think big and deliver on the organizational mission, his key strengths include practice transformation, health equity, strategic planning, health policy and management, and digital health/social media.

- Expertise leading and implementing strategic planning, impacting health policy, and bringing innovations to market and scale
- Experience driving revenue growth through patient visits, quality improvement incentives, and donor engagement/fundraising
- Responsible business and fiscal management while overseeing net assets and liabilities
- Extensive board leadership and participation including strategic planning, building budgets, and legislative advocacy
- Significant public speaking and media engagement experience
- Co-founded the Family Medicine Revolution, a grassroots social media brand (#FMRevolution) giving the power of telling family medicine's story back to family physicians and building a global community of thought leaders
- 2018 California Academy of Family Physicians Hero of Family Medicine
- 2021 California Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year

He is married to a local pediatrician with whom he shares the challenges (and joys) of raising three children and a pandemic puppy.

Dr. Lee in the Media

April 18, 2024
Family Medicine Revolution (of Peace)

by Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP Originally published in the California Family Physician, Spring 2024 “Rev·o·lu·tion (noun): a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favor of a new system” So you’ve been using the #FMRevolution hashtag since 2011, now what? Lest you envisioned a bloody, violent affair back then, the Family […]

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June 2, 2023
#FMRising: Flexing Our Connectedness

Blog post by Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP As the public health emergency ends and family medicine begins to escape the gravitational pull of the pandemic, one thing is certain: family physicians deserve each other and family physicians deserve to be together. That’s right, after years of upregulating epinephrine due to the ongoing trauma […]

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October 18, 2022
CAFP Leadership Goes to Washington

Last month, CAFP Leadership traveled to Washington, D.C. for AAFP Congress of Delegates. CAFP leaders took the week by storm. Jay W. Lee, MD was elected to the AAFP Board of Directors and Monica Hahn, MD was awarded AAFP's 2022 Public Health Award. Following the week's events, CAFP President, Lauren Simon, MD attended the Democratic […]

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September 21, 2022
Congratulations Jay W. Lee, MD - Elected AAFP Board of Directors

The American Academy of Family Physicians held elections for its board of directors this week at its annual Congress of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. Members of the board of directors advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. The Congress elected new officers […]

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September 19, 2022
2022 Congress of Delegates and FMX Happening This Week

The Congress of Delegates (COD) is the Academy's policy-making body. Its membership consists of two delegates and two alternates from each constituent chapter and from the member constituencies including new physicians, residents, students, and other constituency groups represented at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders. The Congress elects new officers and three members to serve on […]

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August 10, 2022
From #FMRevolution to #FMRising

By Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP Family Medicine rising (#FMRising)? Yes, absolutely. Failure is not an option. The brokenness of today’s health care system needs our collective healing minds and hearts. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgency for systemic transformation unlike any period I’ve experienced in my career of 20-plus years. The pandemic […]

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January 20, 2022
Family Medicine Revolution: The Evolution

Dr. Jay W. Lee was featured in the Nevada Academy of Family Physician's Winter 2021 magazine. Read the article here.

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September 19, 2021
Simple Ways to Never Get Sick, According to Doctors

Dr. Jay W. Lee was featured in Eat This, Not That! article "Simple Ways to Never Get Sick, According to Doctors" https://www.eatthis.com/news-simple-ways-never-get-sick-doctors/   #50: Carve Out Time for Self-Reflection "One of the most valuable habits people can build into their day is setting aside time to reflect on a regular basis," says Jay W. Lee, MD, […]

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July 30, 2021
Boundary Breaker: Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Jay W. Lee is chief medical officer for the “Share Our Selves Community Health Center” in Costa Mesa. His mobile unit cares for homeless and other marginalized communities around Orange County, and his food pantry assists the more than 1-in-4 who are hungry in Southern California. This year he has been a tireless advocate for […]

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June 26, 2021
As Parents Forbid Covid Shots, Defiant Teenagers Seek Ways to Get Them

Dr. Jay W. Lee was featured in the New York Times article "As Parents Forbid Covid Shots, Defiant Teenagers Seek Ways to Get Them". Pediatricians say that even parents who have themselves been vaccinated are wary for their children. Dr. Jay Lee, a family physician and chief medical officer of Share Our Selves, a community health […]

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May 20, 2021
2021 Family Physician of the Year Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Lee was awarded the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) The California Academy of Family Physicians presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians, and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community. […]

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February 23, 2021
All the Differences Between the Covid Vaccines, Explained

Dr. Jay W. Lee was featured in Men's Health article "All the Differences Between the Covid Vaccines, Explained" Read more.

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November 30, 2020
Share Our Selves Received Award at PCC Annual Conference

Share Our Selves received the Advanced Primary Care Practice Award at the Primary Care Collaborative Annual Conference. The award is to recognize an organization that serves as a model for transformation through innovation that are reflected in the Shared Principles of Primary Care, including patient- and family-centered, team-based care, and high value. Jay W. Lee, […]

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October 14, 2020
Doctors and Nurses Battle Virus Skeptics

Dr. Lee was quoted in a Fox 23 News article: So frustrating': Doctors and nurses battle virus skeptics: Dr. Jay W. Lee, a family physician in Orange County, California, recalled a patient who demanded the “largest hydroxychloroquine prescription you can give me." “If I didn’t have my mask on, he would have seen my mouth […]

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August 29, 2019
What You Should Know About E-Cigarettes With Dr. Jay W. Lee

Dr. Lee was featured on KTLA with What You Should Know About E-Cigarettes With Dr. Jay W. Lee. Watch here.

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November 8, 2018
After California Shooting, Doctors Hit Back at NRA for Trying to Silence Them Over Guns

Dr. Lee was featured in The Daily Beast's article "After California Shooting, Doctors Hit Back at NRA for Trying to Silence Them Over Guns". Read more.

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January 25, 2017
End of Life Option Act and Patient Access

Dr. Lee quoted in four different news source articles on End of Life Option Act, patient access. “I believe that there is still a strong taboo against talking about death openly in the medical community. It feels like a threat to what we are trained to do: preserve and extend life," Lee says, adding that […]

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