“Smartphones have fundamentally changed how we live and their functionality has had many positive impacts on our lives. However, at no phone zone we are also aware of the negative impact that smartphones can have on our lives and that there should be boundaries in place to protect our own and our children’s health.”
Dr Martin Lee, Managing Director, No Phone Zone
Dr Martin Lee is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Associate Senior Clinical Lecturer currently working for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals and Newcastle University. He has a specialist interest in Young Adult and Adolescent care.
Dr Lee has published more than 40 papers and abstracts on topics including adult and adolescent rheumatology, sleep and smartphone overuse in a number of peer-reviewed journals including New Scientist, The British Medical Journal and Rheumatology. He is Deputy Chair of the Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR) and Co-Chair of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Special Interest Group (BSR-BSPAR-SIG). He is also a non-executive director of ‘Arthur’s Place’, an online support platform for young adults with inflammatory arthritis.
In 2012 Dr Lee performed a solo kayak circumnavigation of the UK in order to raise money for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS). He is currently a medical advisor for NRAS and in 2016 was presented with a Health Care Champion Award by Rt Hon Theresa May and Ailsa Bosworth MBE (CEO NRAS) in Westminster.
Dr Martin Lee created the concept of No Phone Zone in 2016 based on his reflections that the overuse of smartphones (particularly at bedtime and during the night) was having negative effects on his patients’ sleep hygiene, mental and physical wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, productivity and online safety.
Dr Lee lives in Tynemouth, Newcastle with his wife, Jen and his young daughter, Orla.