Lee Daugherty Biddison - At Johns Hopkins since 2004
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief Wellness Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine
Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I came to Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2004 for fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. I was drawn here by the wonderful faculty, the rich training opportunities and the chance to be part of an organization that was — and still is — changing the world.
Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine once I finished my training because of the extraordinary mentorship I had found here, as well as the colleagues who consistently challenged me to give my best every day. I’ve remained committed to Johns Hopkins Medicine because of the dynamic, engaged leadership all around me and the joy that is to be found in living out the Johns Hopkins Medicine mission.
Find a female leader you admire to mentor you, ask lots of questions and listen closely!
Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position?
My leadership journey began when I became part of the faculty in 2008. At that time, I joined the emergency management team as medical control chief to provide physician support and input for hospital disaster response planning. In 2013, I left that role and became vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine, which allowed me to focus on clinical operations not just during disasters but also on a routine basis. This work helped me to understand in a very detailed way the challenges to wellness and drivers of burnout that face Johns Hopkins Medicine employees in their daily work. In the fall of 2018, after serving on the Dean’s Task Force on Joy in Medicine, I was asked to step into the role of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s inaugural chief wellness officer.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I am most proud of the interprofessional, interdepartmental relationships I’ve been able to form. These partnerships have allowed us to meet and overcome significant operational challenges.
What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?
Find a female leader you admire to mentor you, ask lots of questions and listen closely! Learn to respond (not just react) to the challenges you face and pace yourself.