Susan Lee, MD


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.  


Perioperative smoking cessation programs should be standard-of-care.

Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthesie

Lee SM

In Reply.


Lee SM, Takemoto S, Wallace AW

Long-term quit rates after a perioperative smoking cessation randomized controlled trial.

Anesthesia and analgesia

Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P

The effectiveness of a perioperative smoking cessation program: a randomized clinical trial.

Anesthesia and analgesia

Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P