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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

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Sei J. Lee, MD, MAS

Staff Physician, Geriatrics Service, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Geriatrics, UCSF

Email: Sei.Lee@va.gov

Individualizing Prevention in Older Adults

Prevention holds the promise of maintaining good health by testing, diagnosing and treating conditions before they cause symptoms.  However, prevention can harm as well as help when tests or treatments for asymptomatic conditions cause immediate complications.  Thus, guidelines recommend targeting prevention to those patients whose life expectancy exceeds the time to benefit for the preventive intervention.  My work focuses on improving the targeting of prevention by 1) improving mortality prediction and 2) quantifying the time to benefit for preventive interventions.

To see Dr. Lee on Pub Med, click here.