Lesley Park, PhD, MPH is a Senior Research Scientist (Epidemiology & Population Health) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the Executive Director of the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) consortium, an international collaboration of methodologists, clinicians, and trainees who utilize the rich and valuable data from the United States Veterans Health Administration to do impactful research. VACS has been at the forefront of research to understand aging with HIV to improve patient care, particularly with respect to alcohol and other substance use, physiologic frailty, and polypharmacy.

Previously, Dr Park was one of the leaders of the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS). PHS aims to improve the health of populations by bringing together diverse disciplines and data to understand and address social, environmental, behavioral, and biological factors. She oversaw all of the educational and training initiatives at PHS, was one of the founding directors of the PHS Data Center and PHS Postdoctoral Fellowship program, and helped facilitate Stanford’s international collaboration with the Born in Bradford research programme.

Dr Park is one of the co-founding directors of the Stanford Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEaD) summer research program for college students from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the health sciences.