Dr. Lee Sanders is a general pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He teaches in the Human Biology Program and at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (Stanford d.School).
Dr. Sanders is a national expert in the science of health literacy, which applies a literacy lens to advancing maternal and child health equity. He has served as an advisor to the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association, and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Sanders leads a multi-disciplinary research team that provides analytic guidance to regional, state and national policy makers. A focus of the work is applying health-services, human-centered design and health-behavior science to improve care for children with medical complexity (CMC). Dr. Sanders is PI on several NIV funded studies, including RCTs of behavioral interventions. This includes founding the Greenllight Study Team, a long-standing, multi-site collaborative that aims to assess the efficacy of low-literacy, multi-modal interventions designed to prevent early childhood obesity. Another examines the efficacy of GoalKeeper, an AI-driven support for parent-provider coordination is CMC care. He is also PI on a health-literacy project to inform FDA guidance on medication information for adolescents with chronic illness, and co-PI on an HAI-funded initiative to measure and support parent-child interaction in early childhood. In partnership with the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Sanders also co-leads the Population Health in Schools (PHIS) Lab, which links health data with school data to address child health and educational disparities.