Lee Squitieri is an associate physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. A practicing plastic surgeon at White Memorial Hospital, she leverages her research and policy background to reduce health disparities and improve access to necessary reconstructive surgery. She is also part of an international team of reconstructive surgeons working to develop a patient reported outcome and experience measure for chronic wounds (WOUND-Q). Her research interests include large dataset/claims analysis, perioperative value of care, cross-setting quality measurement, patient experience/engagement, health information technology, and alternative payment models for chronic wounds.
Squitieri earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical degree at the University of Michigan. During her residency training at USC she completed a Ph.D. in health policy and management at the UCLA through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. For her doctoral thesis she collaborated with experts at RAND, CMS, AHRQ, and UCLA to link Medicare claims data across clinical settings to evaluate the reliability of quality measures for hospital acquired pressure ulcers.