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Meet an Alumnus Clarence Marcus Lee Jr., MD, MBA

Clarence Marcus Lee Jr., MD, MBA

MD Program, Class of 2010; Drexel MBA Program, Class of 2014

Clarence, currently the founder and CEO of CMLEEJR Cos. and medical director of U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, was featured in "2016 40 Under 40" in Drexel Magazine's winter/spring 2016 issue.

My Greatest Accomplishment

Breaking the barriers of poverty in my mind as a child. Growing up, I saw what it meant to not have money to pay your bills or have new things. For many around me, this became the story they told themselves about how life would be for them. At the age of 10 I started to read biographies of people who had accomplished great things. In reading their stories I was able to elevate the possibilities for myself, first in my mind, and then in my actions. This laid the groundwork for every other goal I’ve reached for and achieved.

How Drexel Helped

Drexel has helped me in many ways, but the greatest was giving me an opportunity to study medicine at a great university and in a great city. My journey to medical school wasn’t a straight line at all. I was the first in my family to get a four-year degree, play basketball in college, become a military officer, become a doctor and graduate business school. After applying unsuccessfully to medical school four times, Drexel offered me an opportunity to study in a post-baccalaureate program called the Drexel Pathway to Medical School. That program ultimately gave me a seat in the 2010 class in the College of Medicine. Opportunity sums up what Drexel has done for me.

Where I’ll Be in Five Years

My five-year plan includes many things, but at the top of my list would be to grow my personal development company to a point of greater contribution in the space of educational advancement and workplace healthy living. This involves national training programs for corporations and for young, first-generation college students. I also will publish a few books. Lastly, I plan to continue to advance in my career as a health care executive to the C-suite of a national health care organization.

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