Deborah Lee, Ph.D., FNP, ACNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 4138 NURS2

University of Michigan School of Nursing
426 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0153
Fax: (734) 936-5525


  • Patient safety
  • Iatrogenic events
  • Advance Practice Provider Rapid Response Teams

Deb Lee is a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an extensive background in the development and implementation of Rapid Response Teams. Deb has created protocols for the acutely deteriorating patient and designed proactive rounding reports to assist in the detection of worsening clinical status. Deb earned a Post-Master’s Certificate in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program from Rush University in 2012. She currently works as a member of the Advanced Practice Team for Critical Care at UMHS and in Critical Care Services at Borgess Medical Center. 

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Care of hospitalized patients having an ischemic stroke
  • Use of an Advanced Practice Team to decrease non-ICU cardiac arrests


Deb’s teaching role includes advanced practice didactic and clinical courses for acute care graduate nursing students, as well as precepting students in the acute care clinical setting. As a classroom instructor, Deb enjoys lecturing with case study presentations and provides students with multiple simulation experiences to create a safe and standardized environment for learning. Deb also has the opportunity to evaluate graduate students in their precepted clinical sites.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Service Excellence Award, Borgess Medical Center, April 2013
  • Most Outstanding Advanced Practice Student Nurse, Michigan State University, May 2010
  • Star Performer for Clinical Excellence, Borgess Medical Center, November 2010


  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Michigan State University, Lansing MI 2010
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1995