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USF’s Dr. Sang Hie Lee earns the Distinguished PAMA Dawson Award

The national award honors her work in bridging music, medicine, and research.

Sang-Hie Lee, PhD, USF faculty member, researcher, and performer has recently been recognized by the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), as the recipient of the 2017 PAMA Dawson Award. Dr. Lee who is a pianist is also a professor in music medicine and research.

The Dawson Award is awarded to those who contributed the most in a service capacity for the organization. The award is named for Bill Dawson, a founding member.

The PAMA organization was founded in 1988 as primarily a group of doctors dedicated to helping performers, namely musicians and dancers. The organization was initially limited to physicians but now includes all types of health professionals, performers, educators, and administrative personnel. The PAMA has grown, as 20 percent of their members are now international.

The USF PAMA Chapter is comprised of research and clinical faculty from USF Health, Colleges of the Arts, Education, Engineering, Behavioral and Communications sciences, and Business. Next year USF PAMA will be hosting the third Annual Southeast Regional Conference 2018 titled Lifecycle of the Performing Artist. The conference will be held at USF School of Music Barness Recital Hall.

Dr. Lee continues to serve as USF-PAMA conference director. The conference goal is to bring medicine, the arts, ethics, and medical humanities together, while conducting research in performing arts medicine.

Dr. Lee is an alumna of Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, where she received a BA in Piano Performance, graduated with honors, and was the recipient of Korean National Merit Scholarship. After receiving her BA, Dr. Lee went on to pursue a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. She earned her EdD with specialization on Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Georgia, and a PhD in Higher Education with concentration on Academic Affairs from University of Michigan where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow.

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