Lee Jennings, MD, MSHS

Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1122 N.E. 13th Street, ORB 1200
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-8558 X31387

JenningsLee OUMedicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative

Brief Bio
Dr. Jennings is a geriatrician and health services researcher whose work focuses on improving care delivery and health outcomes for persons with dementia and their caregivers and developing patient goals as patient-centered outcome measures for dementia care. Her work is supported by a clinician scientist development grant from the Presbyterian Health Foundation, and she is a co-investigator on projects funded by PCORI, NIA, and the Hartford Foundation. She is PI and Director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a program funded by the Reynolds Foundation that provides community health education for older adults and caregiver training at 5 centers across the state. She is also active in the American Geriatrics Society and serves as the 2018-19 junior faculty representative on the AGS Research Committee and co-chair for the Women in Geriatrics Special Interest Group. Clinically, she specializes in comprehensive geriatric assessment and cognitive/dementia evaluation and sees patients at the OU Senior Health Clinic and the Oklahoma City VA Health System.


MD 2006, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Internal Medicine Residency 2006-2010, University of California, San Francisco
Geriatric Medicine and Health Services Research Fellowships 2010-2013, University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Science in Health Services 2013, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Research interests

Improving care delivery and quality of care for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Goal-directed care
Community education and outreach for persons living with dementia and their family caregivers
End-of-life care for persons living with dementia

Selected Current Projects

  • The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. The Reynolds Foundation (PI: Jennings) (01/01/17-12/31/20).
  • Statewide program which aims to improve the health of older Oklahomans through community health education and caregiving training.  www.ohai.org
  • Piloting Goal-Attainment Scaling in Dementia Care. Presbyterian Health Foundation (PI: Jennings) (07/01/17-06/30/19)
  • Aims to determine the feasibility of using goal-attainment scaling in dementia care to measure personalized goal achievement in primary care.
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Health System-based vs. Community-based Dementia Care. PCORI (PI: Reuben) Role: Co-investigator (04/01/18-03/31/23)
  • Multisite pragmatic trial compares the effectiveness of health-system vs. community-based dementia care management.


  • Caregiver Outcomes of an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. NIA 1R21AG054681-01A1 (PI: Reuben), Role: Co-investigator (07/01/17-06/30/19)
  • Aims to determine the characteristics of caregivers who benefit from comprehensive dementia care management.
  • Impact of POLST Adoption & Financial Incentives on Care Receipt and Intensity of Care Preferences in Nursing Home Patients. NIA R01 AG055751-01A1 (PI: Zingmond) Role: Co-investigator (03/01/18 – 02/28/22)
  • Dissemination of a Comprehensive Dementia Care Program. John A. Hartford Foundation (PI: Reuben), Role: Co-investigator (01/01/19-12/31/21).
  • Aims to disseminate a nurse practitioner co-management model for comprehensive dementia care.
  • Developing Person-Driven Outcome Measures for Older Adults with Long Term Services Needs. National Committee for Quality Assurance (PI: Giovannetti) Role: Consultant (01/01/18-12/31/19)
  • Explores feasibility of two approaches to patient-driven outcome measurement among older adults with long-term care needs.