The University of Iowa

In the news: Alumna named Minister of South Korea’s Food and Drug Safety

July 16th, 2019

Eui-Kyung Lee

College of Pharmacy

Eui-Kyung Lee, '90 Ph.D., is South Korea’s new Minister of Food and Drug Safety.

The agency—like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the United States—is responsible for promoting public health by ensuring food and drug safety.

Eui-Kyung Lee

Lee came to the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in the late ’80s, having already received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University in pharmacy. In 1990, she graduated with a Ph.D. in the college’s Health Services Research Program (formerly Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics).

Lee’s advisor at Iowa was Bernard Sorofman, who went on to become executive associate dean of the college and is now a professor emeritus. Sorofman remembered Lee as a “bright and inquisitive” student who “quickly acculturated into our style of scientific inquiry and debate."

“Looking back,” he added, “Dr. Lee’s career successes could have been predicted as a Ph.D. student. She was able to able to quickly grasp complex social and behavioral science concepts. And she easily integrated principles and theories into applications for patient medication use.”