Joseph Lee, MD

Joseph Lee, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer


In June 2021, Dr. Lee became the eighth president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Prior to becoming the president and CEO, Dr. Lee served as the medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford's youth services for 11 years, establishing himself as a thought leader on all matters related to addiction, mental health and recovery.

A triple-boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Substance Use Disorder Committee.

Dr. Lee's experience with families from across the country and abroad provide him with an unparalleled perspective on emerging drug trends, co-occurring mental health conditions, and the ever-changing culture of addiction. Given his unique degree of specialization and powerful messaging, Dr. Lee has been featured in numerous media venues and national academic conferences alike. He is the author of Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond, which provides an honest guide for parental leadership in times of crisis.

Known nationally for his work with adolescents and families as well as his insights on the intersections of culture, psychology and substance use.

Wilson, J., Lee, J., Fischer, S., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2017). Anxious Adolescent in the Emergency Room. In 943836464 737132163 C. A. Galanter & 943836465 737132163 P. S. Jensen (Authors), DSM-5® casebook and treatment guide for child mental health (pp. 167-177). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Seppala, M. & Lee, J. (2016). Medical aspects of substance use disorders : the neurobiology of addiction. Center City, MN: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Seppala, M. & Larson, B. (2015). Integrating the twelve steps with medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder : best practices for professionals : Implementation guide. USA: Hazelden Publishing. Edrington, C., Klescewski, J. & Lee, J. (2012). 

Edrington, C., Klescewski, J. & Lee, J. (2012). Drugs of abuse : treatment and recovery. Center City, Minn. Toronto, Ont. Buffalo, NY: Hazelden Foundation Distributed by

Lee, J. (2012). Recovering my kid: Parenting young adults in treatment and beyond. Center City, MN: Hazelden.