LIFEWellness CEO appointed as endowed chair

Dr. Lee Rice, who has extensive experience in the health care industry and academia, has been named the second recipient of the Dr. Jerry C. Lee Endowed Chair, named for the chancellor of the National University System.

Rice’s appointment as endowed chair will run through the 2010 academic year. In this role, Rice will assume responsibility of furthering the aims of the Center for Integrative Health, which was established in 2007 with the goal of improving the quality of health and wellness care in the United States by providing education to individuals about integrative health and to helping people lead healthier lives.

Rice has been a fixture in the local health care industry since arriving in San Diego with the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps in 1973. Currently, he is chief executive officer and medical director of the LIFEWellness Institute in San Diego. Center. He has been medical director of the San Diego State Aztecs Sports Medicine Center, Fallbrook Community Clinic and the Vista Community Clinic, and a team physician for several sports organizations in San Diego.