Faculty Profile

Cathryn Lee
Section of Pulmonary / Critical Care
Instructor of Medicine (Secondary Appointment) (Part-Time)

Academic Interests

Dr. Lee's research focuses on the relationship between inhalational exposures, both occupational and domestic, and clinical outcomes in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). Her current work describes the relationship between exposures and survival across all ILDs regardless of underlying subtype. Her overall goal is to better identify these exposures to both improve outcomes in patients with ILD as well as prevent ILD in those who are at high risk.

Clinical Interests

Interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, occupational lung disease, connective tissue disease


  • Lee CT, Adegunsoye AO, Chung JH, Ventura IB, Jablonski R, Montner S, Vij R, Hines SE, Strek ME. Characteristics and Prevalence of Domestic and Occupational Inhalational Exposures Across Interstitial Lung Diseases.
  • Lee CT, Strek ME. Occupational burden in chronic respiratory disease: Call for recognition, training, and data capture. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Dec 15; 200(12):1558-1559.
  • Lee CT, Johannson KA. Occupational Exposures and IPF: When the Dust Unsettles. Thorax. 2020 Oct; 75(10):828-829.
  • Lee CT, Adegunsoye A. Anticoagulation and Pulmonary Fibrosis: Friends, Foes, or Functional Allies? Chest. Apr 2021; 159(4): 1321-1323.
  • Lee CT, Strek ME. The other connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung diseases: Sjogren's syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2021 Jun 14. Online ahead of print.
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  • BA, 2009, Emory University, Music
  • MD, 2013, Emory University School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Residency, 2016, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Chief Resident, 2017, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine