Gary Lees is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Professor Lees served as the Chair of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine from 1983 to 2017 and Director of the graduate program, Medical and Biological Illustration from 1983 to 2013. He is a certified medical illustrator.
He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Tulane University in 1966 and his master of science in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan in 1969.
Professor Lees' professional career began as a medical illustrator at Letter General Hospital in San Francisco. In 1970, he accepted a position as the illustrator for the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute with a faculty appointment in the Art as Applied to Medicine. As the director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Hopkins he was responsible for revising the curriculum for graduate studies in medical and biological illustration to reflect the dynamic changes in digital and communication technologies, including recent advances in data compression, three-dimensional modeling, availability of advanced internet data transfer, 3D printing as well as other software innovations.
He has been an active professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) since 1971. He was an inaugural fellow of the AMI, chair of the Board of Governors in 1983 and president in 2000. In 2003 he received the association's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010 the Brödel Award for Excellence in Education. Currently, he is the co-editor of the Journal of Biocommunication and archivist of the Max Brödel Archives in the Department.