Joseph Lee, M.D., has been promoted to become the eighth president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, effective June 28, 2021. An experienced addiction medicine professional and child and adolescent psychiatrist whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Lee will be the first physician and first non-white leader to take the helm of the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of addiction and mental health care, recovery resources, and related education, prevention, research and advocacy. At 45, he also will be the youngest CEO in the organization’s 72-year history.
Dr. Lee, medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford’s Youth Continuum since 2010, will succeed Mark G. Mishek as president and CEO, and as president of the nationally accredited Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.
Dr. Lee, who lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities with his wife and two sons, completed his residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital after earning his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He is board certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. In addition, Dr. Lee is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on the board of the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, a philanthropic organization with $1.6 billion in charitable assets.
The author of Recovering My Kid, Dr. Lee is best known nationally for his work with adolescents and families affected by addiction and mental health conditions, as well as his insights on the intersections of culture, psychology, and substance use. He is frequently interviewed by national media and has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the White House and at academic conferences and events across the country. One of Dr. Lee’s top priorities is advancing Hazelden Betty Ford’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Dr. Lee also will focus on innovative new offerings to meet patients and families where they are and engage them in new and different ways, as well as many other priorities initiated by Mr. Mishek. Among them: a transformational, multiyear fundraising campaign; significant expansions in virtual services, prevention, and professional education and consultation; and new construction to grow service capacity in New York City; at Hazelden Betty Ford’s largest campus and headquarters in Center City, Minnesota; and at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Lee will take over amid growing demand for Hazelden Betty Ford’s addiction treatment and mental health care as well as its prevention, research, education, and collaborative services.
During his highly lauded tenure, Mr. Mishek orchestrated the historic merger of the Hazelden Foundation and the Betty Ford Center, and successfully pursued many industry-leading innovations as well as aggressive collaboration and growth, positioning Hazelden Betty Ford as a quality health care provider whose care is available in-network through most major health plans. Today, Hazelden Betty Ford has 17 sites and is on its way to offering virtual care in all 50 states through its RecoveryGo™ behavioral health service. It provides care to well over 25,000 patients annually—more than double what it did when Mr. Mishek arrived—and serves a growing number of people nationally through its graduate school, publishing division, research center, professional and medical education branch, school- and community-based prevention programs and public advocacy arm.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide, with expansive on-site and telehealth solutions and a network of collaborators throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.
This was reported by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on February 25, 2021.
Contact information: Jeremiah Gardner, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Post Office Box 11, Center City, Minnesota 55012-2011, 877-464-2193; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.RecoveryGo.org