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The AMA “Members Move Medicine” series profiles a wide variety of doctors, offering a glimpse into the passions of women and men navigating new courses in American medicine.

On the move with: Robert A. Lee, MD, a family physician at the Iowa Clinic in Johnston. He is also a member of the Iowa Medical Society.

AMA member since: 1984.

What inspired me to pursue a career in medicine: I believe we need to leave the world better than we found it. Helping people achieve and maintain optimal health is my calling to do this. 

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How I move medicine: I try to share the passion for medicine and leadership with the next generation of physicians.

Career highlights:

  • Board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • President of the Iowa Medical Society. 
  • President of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.

Advice I’d give to those interested in pursuing a career in medicine: Pick a specialty that does not seem like work. Enjoy every day. Are you able to give back for the education you have been given?  

CME course: Joy in Medicine

This AMA STEPS Forward™ module explores organizational strategies for prioritizing professional satisfaction and clinician wellness.

How I give back to the community: I have been a board member for the Science Center of Iowa. The center allows young people the opportunity to explore science. I was on the Urbandale library board, and we built a new building, continuing the education component. I have also been team physician for my local high school, my arena football team and my pro hockey team.  

Aspect of my work that means the most: When patients come back in and tell me how I have impacted their life. 

My hope for the future of medicine: That we continue to advance the science of medicine and encourage patients to become the healthiest self they can be.

Visit to learn more about other AMA members who are relentlessly moving medicine through advocacy, education, patient care and practice innovation, and join or renew today.

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