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Lee A. Witters, MD

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Eugene W. Leonard Professor

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Professor of Biological Sciences

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Oberlin College, AB 1965
U. Rochester, MD 1969

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Dartmouth College
Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center
78 College St, HB 6044
Hanover NH 03755

Office: 122 LIfe Sciences Center
Phone: 603-646-1909
Fax: 603-646-1347
Email: lee.a.witters@dartmouth.edu

Mentoring Information

Lee would be happy to mentor faculty in the areas of endocrinology, biochemistry and any aspect of undergraduate teaching & mentorship.


Lee Witters earned his A.B. degree from Oberlin College and MD from the University of Rochester. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Beth Israel and Massachusetts General Hospital and in biochemistry at the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute). Following his fellowship training, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School at MGH where he taught internal medicine and endocrinology and established a research program aimed at understanding the biochemical & hormonal regulation of cholesterol and lipid metabolism. In 1984, he moved to Dartmouth where he is currently the Eugene W. Leonard 1921 Professor of Medicine, Medical Education & Biochemistry and Professor of Biological Sciences. In addition, in the middle 1990’s, he became the faculty advisor for the Nathan Smith Society and faculty leader of the Health Professions Program, the latter from which he has recently stepped down. He currently teaches 3 popular courses in the Biology Department, teaches endocrine physiology to Geisel medical students and oversees the Teaching Science Fellows program in the College. He has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards in the College and Geisel and in 2017 was given the lifetime achievement humanism award by the Arnold Gold Society. He has taught >6000 medical, graduate and undergraduate students and clinical residents/post-doctoral fellows and directly/indirectly advised the same number.