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Mary Lieh-Lai, MD

Dr. Lieh-Lai is the Senior Vice President, Medical Accreditation. She is also Professor of Pediatrics (Voluntary) at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, and subsequently completed her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care medicine training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. Following completion of her fellowship, Dr. Lieh-Lai was director of the ICU at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and she later returned to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she held various roles through the years, including Pediatric Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Medical Education; Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Program Director; ICU Director; Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine; and designated institutional official (DIO).

Dr. Lieh-Lai has been involved in medical education throughout her career. She instituted mock codes teaching-the-residents-how-to-teach series (Acute Care Resident Education Series), and monthly research workshops, and was instrumental in publishing the Pediatric Acute Care Handbook, which was written by pediatric residents under her mentorship, and which has been published in several editions and translated into Spanish and Turkish. Her mentorship also led to a second resident-driven book, Pocket Pediatrics. Dr. Lieh-Lai received teaching awards almost yearly for her efforts in teaching at the bedside and through the research workshops. She received the Wayne State University President Teaching Award; numerous College teaching awards, and awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and was named Top Doctor several times. She also participated in numerous Operation Smile missions to at least 10 countries to provide care for children following cleft lip/palate repairs and offer educational activities.

On a national level, Dr. Lieh-Lai was a member of the Pediatrics Step II Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners. She was a member of the ACGME Review Committee for Pediatrics and served as vice chair. She was a long-time newsletter editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Critical Care, and is a member of the AAP’s Executive Committee. Dr. Lieh-Lai was a member of the PREP-ICU Editorial Board and was appointed to the ABP sub-board on critical care.

Dr. Lieh-Lai was funded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development for 15 years as co-investigator or principal investigator as part of the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Network. She helped develop a mouse model of asthma and worked on nanotechnology for drug delivery. She headed multiple clinical trials related to the pharmacologic treatment of critically-ill children and medication errors in the ICU, with funding from Ronald McDonald Children Charities and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Network. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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