Frances Leslie (Lee) Lucas, RN, MS, PhD

Faculty Scientist

 Research Interests

  • Variation in health care delivery, disease screening
  • Health care appropriateness and overtreatment
  • Clinical prediction models

Lee Lucas is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with a clinical background in nursing and a Master’s degree in health policy. She received her Associate degree in Nursing, a Master’s in public policy from the University of Southern Maine, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Lucas’ doctoral training emphasized research design and included a concentration in biostatistics. Her professional career has been spent at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, studying variations in the delivery of health care, disease screening, and health care appropriateness and overtreatment. Her training in quantitative methods has led to an interest in clinical prediction models and she has participated in projects designed to create, evaluate, and implement predictive models in clinical care.

She is highly committed to the concept of shared decision making and works to provide patients and providers with the tools and skills they need to enhance shared decision making. She teaches and mentors students, trainees, and faculty in research methods and biostatistics and is a member of the Research Navigation team, working with clinical trainees and staff throughout the institution.

A complete list of publications can be found on My NCBI

Lin GA, Lucas FL, Malenka DJ, Skinner J, Redberg RF. Mortality in medicare patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention with or without antecedent stress testing. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013;6(3):309-14.

Goodney PP, Brooke BS, Wallaert J, Travis L, Lucas FL, Goodman DC, et al. Thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair, race, and volume in thoracic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg. 2013;57(1):56-63,  e1.

Duarte CW, Murray K, Lucas FL, Fairfield K, Miller H, Brooks PC, et al. Improved Survival Outcomes in Cancer Patients with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 2013.

Daikh BE, Emerson FE, Smith RP, Lucas FL, McCarthy CA. Lyme arthritis: A Comparison of presentation, synovial fluid analysis, and treatment course in children and adults. Arthritis care & research. 2013.

Miesfeldt S, Murray K, Lucas L, Chang CH, Goodman D, Morden NE. Association of Age, Gender, and Race with Intensity of End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2012.

Goodney PP, Travis LL, Nallamothu BK, Holman K, Suckow B, Henke PK, et al. Variation in the use of lower extremity vascular procedures for critical limb ischemia. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012;5(1):94-102.

Fowler FJ, Jr., Gallagher PM, Bynum JP, Barry MJ, Lucas FL, Skinner JS. Decision-Making Process Reported by Medicare Patients Who Had Coronary Artery Stenting or Surgery for Prostate Cancer. J Gen Intern Med. 2012.