Don Lee, MD, MPH, is a hospitalist in Southeast Wisconsin and has been a very active member of the Wisconsin Medical Society. He’s been on the WISMedPAC board for more than five years, contributing both financially and with his time, by hosting political fundraisers at his home and attending countless fundraising events. Dr. Lee shared some thoughts about being politically active.*
How long have you been politically active?
I would say during medical school when I joined the Wisconsin Medical Society and the American Medical Association. That was more than 20 years ago.
How does being politically active make you a better physician?
I am not sure my being politically active has made me a better physician, but I will say being a physician has made me a better public health and health policy advocate for my patients. Elected officials want to hear from their constituents, and physicians can advocate for their patients at all levels of government. This past year, I have talked directly to my state senator and members of Congress about the importance of wearing masks, getting the vaccine and ensuring our hospitals get the support they need to fight this pandemic.
Your advice for physicians on how to get more involved in issues that affect their profession?
First, join the Wisconsin Medical Society and attend events such as Doctor Day. Second, write a resolution such as a policy proposal and submit it to the Wisconsin Medical Society for review.
Other than politics, what else interests you at the moment?
I am organizing an event called The Masked Doctor Music Challenge. I am also reading a book by Ben Bernanke called The Courage to Act.
What is the best part of being a physician?
The best part of being a physician is knowing that every day that I am taking care of patients, I am making a positive difference in their lives.
Any final thoughts?
I was taught from an early age that physicians save lives not only in the hospital and clinics where they go and see patients but also in their communities that they live and enjoy life. Now, more than ever, we physicians have the opportunity to help our communities get the tools they need to fight this pandemic.
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*Dr. Lee represents only himself, and not his employer, with his interview and participation in Doctor Day.
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