2002 UW Honorary Citation Report – Lee

UW Citations recognized outstanding alumni Kenneth Connors Ruth Havemeyer, Vincent Lee, and John Bohlman. They were presented by Dean Mel Weinswig

UW Citations recognized outstanding alumni Kenneth Connors (2nd from L.),
Ruth Havemeyer, Vincent Lee, and John Bohlman. They were
presented by Dean Mel Weinswig (L.)

Dr. Vincent Lee received his elementary and secondary education in Hong Kong, and achieved his bachelors degree in pharmacy at Ferris State University. He came to Madison in 1975 and went on to achieve his masters and PhD in pharmaceutics, the latter in 1979, studying under Professor Joseph Robinson. He then joined the faculty of the University of Southern California and rose in the academic ranks to become chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC in 1990, a position he still holds. Vincent holds a secondary appointment at USC in the School of Medicine, as a Professor of Ophthalmology, and concurrently, is also the School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. Dr. Lee has enjoyed positions as a visiting scholar at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, at West Virginia University, and at the University of Tennessee.

It is safe to say that Vincent is one of the School of Pharmacy’s most active alumni in terms of service to the research community. His accomplishments include the following:

  • President of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (in 1996).
  • President of the Controlled Release Society (1992-93).
  • Founding and current editor of Pharmaceutical Research, one of the most highly cited and acclaimed journals in the pharmaceutical sciences. He also currently serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Drug Targeting and of Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews.
  • Service to the National Institute of Health’s Pharmacology Study Section three times.
  • Service on an Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1999-2002).
  • Pharmaceutical Scientific Advisor to the government of Taiwan’s Department of Health, (1999-2003).
  • Recognition at the Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year by the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique in 1995
  • “Professor of the Year” at USC’s School of Pharmacy four times

Dr. Lee has been referred to as the “acknowledged leader in the world in the science and technology of peptide and protein drug delivery” and as “the most highly cited author in the area of ocular drug delivery”.