Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Dr. Susan M.Lee recently completed a trial investigating a smoking cessation program implemented preoperatively, through which she gained an understanding of the challenges of implementing a multidisciplinary program and techniques to overcome these challenges. She has since successfully established strong ties with community agencies, such as the Smokers' Helpline, and collaborated with other researchers, culminating in a peer-reviewed publication and implementation of the program clinically.
Her pilot work at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center has investigated the feasibility and acceptability of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation in the perioperative period (The END Perioperative Smoking Pilot Study). A qualitative component of the study explored attitudes and behaviors surrounding e-cigarettes for smoking cessation and the perioperative period as a motivation for smoking cessation.
Dr. Lee has also had experience studying surgical populations on an epidemiologic level, specifically the patterns and mortality rates associated with medication management in the perioperative period.
Lee SM, Takemoto S, Wallace AW. Association between Withholding Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in the Early Postoperative Period and 30-day Mortality: A Cohort Study of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Anesthesiology. 2015 Aug; 123(2):288-306. PMID: 26200181.
Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P. Long-term quit rates after a perioperative smoking cessation randomized controlled trial. Anesth Analg. 2015 Mar; 120(3):582-7. PMID: 25695576.
Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P. The effectiveness of a perioperative smoking cessation program: a randomized clinical trial. Anesth Analg. 2013 Sep; 117(3):605-13. PMID: 23868890.