About Me

Lee Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, which provides training resources, educational and networking events and a collaboration platform for health care professionals who want to safely and effectively apply social and digital strategies to fight disease, promote health and improve health care.

By night, Lee is Chancellor of Social Media University, Global (SMUG), a free online higher education institution that provides practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners. He has been inducted into the Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame, and HealthLeaders Media named him to its list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” In 2014 he was appointed to a two-year term on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Social Media, and in 2016 he was appointed to WEF’s Global Future Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment. He was elected to Mayo Clinic’s Voting Staff in 2016.

Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, Lee spent more than a decade in political and government communications at the local, state and federal level.


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27 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Lee — you and i have a lot in common, as i am the husband of 6 and father of one — “one mayo clinic” that is!!!

    yours truly

  2. I’m at a reunion right now with my five wives. I’m twittering from the couch. Soon I’ll be twittering from the kitchen. I happened upon your facebook site and just had to enter this conversation. Actually I’m in jail right now, polygamy charges. Are you the same Lee Aase who used to work with the governor of Minnesota?

  3. I stumbled on this site – it has a wealth of information!
    I am looking for case studies or information on INTERNAL government blogs. Any chance you might be able to point me to some information in this topic?

  4. I can say that domain names with dashes like your’s “social-media-university-global” treated by Google and others like spam domains…

  5. That’s interesting. I don’t think that’s correct, because if you search for Blue Shirt Nation in Google, for instance, a post I wrote comes up in the top 5. The post by one of the guys actually responsible for Best Buy’s Blue Shirt Nation is lower than mine. And if you search for Best Buy Blue Shirt Nation I come up #3. So I’m going to do a post about this and invite feedback from others to see if they can confirm what you’re saying.

  6. Absolutely amazing, Lee! I somehow stumbled upon this site this afternoon. Very impressive, Great work!

  7. Wow Lee this is great i hope to keep more intouch with you and the family this way. I did just like you said and googled your name and im glad i did. i just want to say wow

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