Lee Squitieri

Lee Squitieri
Adjunct Physician Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


B.S. in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.D. in medicine, University of Michigan; M.S. in health management and policy, University of Michigan; Ph.D. in health policy and management, University of California, Los Angeles


Lee Squitieri is a physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is also a reconstructive microsurgery fellow at City of Hope. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities and improving access to care for necessary reconstructive surgery.  She is the principal investigator for an NIH-funded study evaluating health disparities among patients with diabetic lower extremity wounds.  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 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.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellow, City of Hope