ABD Profile - Lela A. Lee, MD - Emeritus Associate Executive Director

Meet Emeritus Associate Executive Director
Lela A. Lee, MD


During more than three decades of service to the ABD, Lela Lee, M.D., has experience in nearly every aspect of certification – from item (question) writing, to communications, to exam development. 

During her tenure as ABD Associate Executive Director (2013-2021), she led the initiative to transform the ABD’s initial certifying examination, placing more emphasis on application of knowledge and clinical decision-making. She initiated the practice of providing materials -- including study guides, content outlines, and sample items for the new exams -- to help examinees better anticipate the content on which they will be tested. 

While Associate Executive Director, she was also active in continuing certification issues, serving for six years on the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Committee on Continuing Certification.  Additionally, she was a member of the ABD’s Certifying Examination Item Writing Committee from 1993-1997, the Recertification Examination Item Writing Committee from 1996-1999, and the Board of Directors from 2001-2009.