In 2011, Dr. Lee was selected to be a
regional speaker for Allergan (covering northern and central
California). Allergan is the makers of
Latisse, Botox, and Juvederm.
Dr. Lee was awarded
the 2009 Patient's Choice Award.
Of the nations 720,000 active physicians, less then 5 % were
accorded this honor by their patients in 2008. The award is voted
on by patients across the U.S. who provide online feedback about
their experiences with their doctors and is tabulated by MDx
Medical, Inc. throughout the year.
Dr. Calvin Lee
traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to perform at the Taipei National Concert
Hall. In the video below, he was guest
concertmaster of the Taipei Civic Orchestra and soloed the Schindler's List Theme:
Dr. Calvin Lee
is mainly a surgeon and acupuncturist, but now he is one of the
winners in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra contest. He performed at Carnegie Hall with the orchestra on April 15, 2009. Michael Tilson
Thomas of the San Francisco Symphony conducts this orchestra and has selected Dr. Lee as
one of the participants through a series of rounds including
audience voting of video auditions. Here is one of the videos from Dr. Lee's YouTube Symphony
Thank you, YouTube/Google for this wonderful opportunity.
I moved my YouTube
Symphony media whirlwind (TV News, Newspapers, etc) right below the next section
scroll about halfway down
Calvin Lee, MD is a
board certified General Surgeon who has a separate
practice dedicated to acupuncture. He has been
trained in acupuncture with courses affiliated with
Stanford University and relatives and friends
trained in acupuncture from China, Taiwan, and Los
Dr. Calvin Lee is Board
Certified by the American Board of Surgery
As a surgeon, Dr.
Calvin Lee brings to acupuncture a deeper
understanding of acupuncture anatomy - having
operated in many of the areas which involve
acupuncture needles. Acupressure is also a modality
used instead of or in conjunction with acupuncture
needles depending on the situation. Dr. Lee also
brings surgical dexterity to acupuncture maneuvers.
Countless hours in the operating room performing
trauma surgeries, vein procedures and breast
surgeries such as sentinel lymph node biopsies and
modified radical mastectomies allow for anatomical
experience and surgical dexterity. There are many
reasons for a surgeon to practice acupuncture
besides anatomy and dexterity. Acupuncture allows
Dr. Lee to take care of post operative discomfort
(such as nausea) and problems (such as slowed
gastrointestinal tract) with our
surgical patients. In many respects, acupuncture
can be considered a surgical specialty, but the
treatment isn't so much an anatomical treatment, but
one that affects the energy flow through your body.
With his expertise
with needles, Dr. Lee branched out in 2006 to
complement his wife's cosmetic practice by
performing Botox and Filler injections. On a
routine "acupuncture day", Dr. Lee carefully inserts
about 400-500 needles per day.
Dr. Calvin Lee, MD
was born in New York City and grew up in Rockland
County, New York. He gradually made his
way to Brown University (he was accepted to Harvard,
Stanford, and many other universities) where
he received an undergraduate degree in
Neurosciences. He also performed brain related
research during his years in medical school which
was also at Brown University. He met his wife, Dr.
Tammy Wu at Brown University. His neuroscience
background brings a scientific background to
acupuncture. After medical school he pursued
General Surgery training at Case Western Reserve
and Southern Illinois University. While at Southern
Illinois University, he received a teaching award
for teaching medical students and surgical
residents. Formal medical acupuncture
training was obtained subsequently at Stanford
University with Joseph Helms, MD leading the
courses. He is currently an assistant professor at UC Davis for teaching surgery to family practice
residents, physician assistants, and medical
students. He was given a teaching award in 2006
for teaching UC Davis students. Besides
acupuncture, Dr. Lee has an active general surgery
practice which includes a comprehensive treatment of
veins. He is board certified in General Surgery by
the American Board of Surgery. He came to Modesto
in 2003 and worked with the McHenry Medical Group
and served as a Trauma Surgeon for Doctor's Medical
Center (DMC) Modesto. He started his own practice
in Modesto in 2006. Surgical Artistry, Inc, is the
name of his practice with Dr. Tammy Wu.
His other activities include
running, playing piano, violin, making web pages, and search
Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL
Case Western Reserve University
of Dr. Lee's accomplishments
As a medical doctor &
National Scholar, Brown University (top 1% of
in General Surgery by the American Board of
Hospital VNA Doctor's Day Award 2006
Worked as a
General Surgeon for the McHenry Medical Group
Awarded the 2009
Patient's Choice Award: an honor that
reflects the difference a doctor made in
peoples lives through the exceptionally high
praise granted to a doctor by patients.
Every month, more
than 40,000 patients across the U.S. provide
online feedback about their experiences with
their doctors. They rate various components such
as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time,
degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff,
and overall opinions. While physicians generally
receive positive reviews from their patients,
only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews
across the board. Of those that receive rave
reviews, only the few physicians with near
perfect scores have been voted by their patients
for this honor. Of the nations 720,000
active physicians, less then 5 % were accorded
this honor by their patients in 2008.
As a medical
professor and teacher:
Center Stanislaus Family Practice Residency, UC
Davis Outstanding Community Faculty Physician
teach at Brown by the Center for Advanced
College Teaching 1994
Head teaching assistant:
Introduction to Medicine, Brown Summer School,
assistant Brown University Medical School:
As a web coder/designer:
created by Dr. Calvin Lee were mentioned in U.S.
News and World reports, 1999
Created what was
considered by researchers to be the most
online breast cancer support group, 1997.
This may have been the first of its kind.
This group has moved around on the internet and
now exists on Yahoo Groups, moved in 1998.
first Plastic Surgery web page for Brown
University, 1996. The website has
since been changed/updated. The link is to
the historical website, not the current website.
Many of the original scans / artwork remain the
same to this date. Many people believe
that this may be the first plastic surgery web
page ever made on the internet.
Background music piano
and violin played by Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee on Piano (Chopin/Debussy):
my 2 minutes of fame
MAGAZINES click on picture
to see the text from Strings Magazine September 2009
VIDEOS (TV News Programs) FOX 40 3/15/09
more detailed interview by Bethany Fox Good Day Sacramento 3/11/09 (Live) FOX 40 3/10/09 Live interview by Bethany
Fox KCRA 3 3/6/09 Photo-journalism by
CBS 13 KOVR
interview by Ed Aguilar & Tony Lopez, door opens... ABC San Francisco 3/3/09 Dan Ashley of ABC 7, "Not too shabby"
FILM Harmony Film
- Harmony: The Road to Carnegie Hall (filming in
progress - New York, England, Spain so far -
Click on the picture above to get a larger one in case you want
to read the Chinese. There's a few things wrong with this
article. It was my first interview in Chinese and if you
thought I was rusty with violin, I was even more rusty with Chinese.
Mr. Kai Ping Liu wrote that I was a internal medicine doctor - I'm a
surgeon, and they wrote Dr. Tammy Wu's name wrong in Chinese.
Regardless, I'm happy for spreading the news about classical music
and YouTube. I am most appreciative.
about Surgical Artistry, Inc?
General Surgery, Acupuncture, Veins - all related at
Surgical Artistry, Inc.
Artistry, Inc. is led by a husband-wife team of
dedicated, friendly, Ivy League trained
surgeons who provide services in Plastic Surgery,
General Surgery, Acupuncture, and Vein Procedures. On
the topic of educational background, Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu
were accepted by several excellent educational
facilities including Stanford and Harvard, they chose
Brown University as their institution for college and
medical school. Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified
General Surgeon who specializes in acupuncture, veins,
gallbladders, hernias, and breast cancer. Dr. Tammy Wu
is a board certified Plastic Surgeon (by the
American Board of Plastic Surgeons) who specializes in
breast and body contouring surgeries such as tummy tuck
and liposuction. They have been practicing surgery in
Modesto since 2003. Under the same roof, Botox, dermal
fillers, lasers, microdermabrasion, facials, compression
stockings and skin care products are available.
addition to superb surgical skills, our focus is
communication. Many of our consultations take an
hour or more to ensure that we become partners in your
surgery and that we share the same goals. In addition,
our surgical patients have access to our cell phones
to call with any questions, and emailing is also
very comfortable with advanced technology.
Our technological advantage also helps us in your
surgical / medical care. We use only the highest grade
technology and the best materials in our
practice. Our high quality standards and accepting
nothing but the best is our philosophy for our family,
for our lives, and for our patients.
many other advantages of having a plastic surgeon &
general surgeon working together. The practice receives
a fusion of ideas and techniques which benefit
our patients. For example, for breast cancer, Dr.
Calvin Lee and Dr. Tammy Wu frequently work together to
remove the cancer and then reconstruct the breast with
plastic surgical techniques. The doctors are always
discussing ways to combine their talents.
synergy of acupuncture, general surgery and plastic
surgery is very unique and found very rarely in
this world. We are right here in Modesto, California.
are committed to self improvement and excellent
health; Surgical Artistry is committed to helping you
achieve your goals.
We're located next to the
post office on Sylvan Ave, Modesto, CA
Calvin Lee and Dr. Tammy Wu (yes, they're married) came
to Modesto in 2003. Dr. Calvin Lee worked with the
McHenry Medical Group as one of six general surgeons of
that group. Dr. Tammy Wu became the only plastic
surgeon at the time for Sutter Gould Medical Group.
In January 2006, Dr. Tammy Wu had a vision to create a
plastic surgical center of excellence. A few
months later, Dr. Calvin Lee joined her venture.
Sometimes we get asked "how come Dr. Lee's name isn't on
the wall of the building?" We joke that "nobody
wants to see Calvin Lee, MD hemorrhoid surgery on the
building, Tammy Wu, MD Plastic Surgery works better."
The real reason was that the signs were cleared by the
City of Modesto and placed on the walls before Dr. Lee
decided to come aboard.
was initially hesitant, because he chose to come to
Modesto so that he could practice broad and diversified
general surgery. Larger cities are full of
surgical specialists and this would leave little room
for general surgeons to practice the full scope of their
training. When he was with the McHenry Medical
Group, he fulfilled his purpose of a varied practice
consisting of pediatrics, vascular, thoracic, cancer,
endocrine, abdominal and trauma surgery. He firmly
believes that a broad experience leads to even greater
expertise in one's chosen field. After having such
great experiences, he chose to start focusing his
general surgery expertise to veins, breast cancer,
gallbladder surgery, and hernias. While
transitioning over to a focused and limited general
surgery practice, he decided to become an acupuncturist
by taking classes supported by Stanford University.
While taking these classes, he came up with the idea to
call the Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence, "Surgical
Artistry, Inc." Thus, the name of the company was
changed from "Tzuying Tammy Wu, MD Inc." to "Surgical
from the very start, Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee were very busy
with patients as they had already developed a solid
reputation. Dr. Tammy Wu is board certifed in
Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
and Dr. Calvin Lee is board certified in General Surgery
by the American Board of Surgery.
Calvin Lee, MD General Surgeon
Tammy Wu, MD
Dr. Tammy Wu for your plastic surgery?
consultations for many surgeries are very
detailed, they can last from 1 hour to 1.5
hours. This is direct one-on-one contact
with Dr. Tammy Wu, the Plastic Surgeon, not
with a representative.
We do not
have any exclusive contracts with any of the
breast implant makers (such as Mentor or
Allergan/Inamed), prosthesis, or meshes. She
only chooses with our patients what is
considered the best products for the patient and
his/her unique goals - without regard to
contracts or quotas.
Dr. Wu is a
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon by the
American Board of Plastic Surgery.
She is a top
intellectual and extremely skilled with her
dexterity, and has extremely high standards for
herself. She graduated
from her medical school (Brown University, Ivy
League), scored over 95th percentile on several
national tests for plastic surgeons, and
graduated from a top Plastic Surgery training
program (Southern Illinois University), where
graduates have become chairmen at Harvard
University Programs and Presidents of the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Formerly
as a runner, she has won many races in her age
She is a
gifted communicator. Language skills is her
talent. Besides being fluent in English,
Chinese, and Taiwanese - Dr. Tammy Wu
participated in a national French language
competition (before medical school) and she
placed 2nd in the United States for speaking
French. She has also worked as a reporter for a
radio station at Brown University. And
currently she has been seen with multiple
appearances on Modesto television stations
discussing plastic surgery and breast
She is a
teacher: She is currently on the staff of
UC Davis as a Volunteer Assistant Professor.
She has also taught several rotating medical
students, physician assistant students, and
nursing students while working in Modesto. She
runs a program called Surgical Artistry Academy
which teaches the community about medicine in
general and cosmetic surgery.
She is a
musician and pianist: She is mainly self
taught on the piano. It gives her a chance to
improve on her dexterity skills which translate
into extreme precision in the operating room
when performing breast augmentations. She is an
active supporter of the performing arts,
especially via the Modesto Symphony and Gallo
Center for the Arts.
She is an
athlete: Formerly as a runner, she has won
many races (mostly 5k's) in her age group. She
has run 2 marathons in the past, several 10K's
and half marathons. With her interest in
athletics, she is well qualified to discuss any
changes or concerns in chest muscles function
with breast augmentation, liposuction, or tummy
tuck surgeries. Visit her popular website for
running with breast implants - a
runner's guide to choosing and maintaining
She is an
expert with all aspects of breast surgery.
She performs not only breast augmentation
surgery and breast augmentation revisions, she
also performs breast reductions, breast cancer
reconstructions, and nipple reconstructions.
Access to a
general surgeon (Dr. Lee) for hernias discovered
during tummy tuck. General Surgeons
specialize in repairing hernias. Dr. Wu has
easy access to Dr. Lee's expertise for hernias
if they are found during your tummy tuck. If we
suspect a hernia prior to surgery we make plans
to have your abdominal hernia surgery done at
the same time. If we discover the hernia during
the tummy tuck surgery, we will consider fixing
your hernia and make arrangements to bill your
surgeons take care of you. Dr. Lee is
always available to offer his surgical skills
(Trauma Surgery and General Surgery) in addition
to Dr. Wu's plastic surgery expertise. Many
plastic surgery offices have medical assistants
(we have those too), we have Dr. Lee to help in
your surgeries and recovery.
She is very
experienced. See the next section on
profile of Dr. Tammy Wu's practice. Plus she
has been an investigator for the new silicone
breast implants. She has been practicing
plastic surgery since 1997, and has been
practicing plastic surgery in Modesto since
2003. When she came to Modesto, she worked at
Sutter Gould as their only plastic surgeon. She
frequently saw 40 patients per day. She started
her own practice (Surgical Artistry, Inc) in
February 2006 and was joined by her husband, Dr.
Lee in June 2006.
She is a busy
surgeon. We believe that surgery is a
performance art. This means that large volumes
of quality work (surgeries) lead to better
results. See the statistics right below in this
pink box (Dr. Wu's one year practice profile).
Has been a
patient herself. She has been a consumer of
plastic surgery procedures.
safety is of highest concern: She operates
at hospital affiliated surgery centers and uses
board certified anesthesiologists. This way she
has access to all the equipment and expertise
available to a hospital, rather than have the
operation be office based.
accessibility: Patients can receive access
to Dr. Wu 24/7 via cell phone. Dr. Lee is also
reducing pain: She has ready access to pain
reducing techniques. Dr. Lee works in the
office and routinely performs pain reducing
acupuncture on many other patients. Dr. Wu's
brother is an anesthesiologist in Los Angeles,
and has given much advice on pain management
during and after surgery. And she routinely
uses long acting pain medicines (such as
marcaine) injected into the surgical sites and
at times will use pain pumps.
augmentation surgeon's fee and for other
procedures are competitively priced. Plus
she has negotiated lowered rates at the hospital
and with anesthesiologists. Her surgeons fee as
of 6-23-08 (not including hospital or anesthesia
or implants): ranges from $3200 - $4400 (prices
will change, please call our office:
209-551-1888, we can give you the ranges of the
entire operation with implants included which
currently ranges from $5000 to $7500 for saline
implants.) There are certain cost advantages to
having your surgery done in the Central Valley,
California rather than in more expensive coastal
areas. She also does not mark up the cost of
the breast implants nor does she mark up
anesthesia or hospital fees. These are all
"pass-thru" costs to her patients.
Wu's one year practice profile 10-23-06 to 10-23-07:
Exact number of
new patients seen in this one year period
(October 06-07): 678
of patient visits over the one year period:
Range in number
of new patients seen over one month: 40-80
Range in number
of patient visits over one month: 200-450
Range in number
of breast surgeries per month: 14-22
surgeries performed in that one year period
Number of years
since graduation from medical school: Over 12
Number of years
in Modesto, CA: Over 6 years
Number of full
time employees in Modesto: 5
Total number of
Days per week
worked: 5-7 days per week.
Surgery days per
week: 2-5 days per week.
hospital privileges: Yes. Several
hospitals: Doctors Medical Center Modesto.
Doctors Medical Center Manteca. Stanislaus
Surgical Hospital Modesto, Memorial Medical
hospitals: Yes. Doctors Medical Center,
Modesto and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto.
Before and after
pictures: Yes. Free viewing in the office.
Not on websites for patient privacy. Call our
office to make an appointment to see our before
and after book.
above provided by our EMR Software PrognoCis.
Statistics performed on 10-23-07.
Our procedures and
(This list includes both doctors)
Spider veins: Face
Spider veins: Legs
Legs, Hands, Chest
Laser with the Dornier
940 nm diode laser
Laser of spider veins
Laser of greater
saphenous veins and lesser saphenous veins for varicose
Sclerotherapy for spider
veins and varicose veins
tiny incisional surgical procedures to remove varicose
Stockings 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg
Vein ultrasound exams
Acne - other forms of
skin care acupuncture is also offered
Allergies - Allergic
rhinitis (pollen, etc)
Bell's Palsy (partial
Acupuncture: sometimes called acupuncture facelift
- can soften wrinkles, and lift certain parts of the
face - ie. brows, cheeks, bags under the eyes, double
chin. The cost for this is separate from the usual
acupuncture visits offered.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Headache and Migraines
Hot flashes / Menopause
Sinusitis (related to
Tinnitus (ringing in the
Weight loss acupuncture
for obesity (speeds up metabolism and diminishes
treatments are available, call to ask ...
procedures / Post Gastric Bypass procedures, ie.
Thigh lifts / Buttock
Visia Digital Facial
Our mission is to constantly improve ourselves, our
company and our clients. We aim to provide the best and
safest medical results. We utilize only the highest
grade medical products and technology. We are committed
to providing top notch customer service. We welcome our
clients to be part of our medical family, and we
communicate with them often. In addition to being a
medical facility, we are an educational resource. We
will actively pursue opportunities to provide
education. We believe in practicing what we preach,
thus our healthy and aesthetic goals for our clients
start with ourselves. We endeavor to make our
office feel comfortable like home and encourage each
other to be happy and healthy. The five key ingredients
of Surgical Artistry, Inc. are constant self
improvement, superior medical results, outstanding
customer service, providing education, and practicing
what we preach.
Inc. 2336 Sylvan Ave.
Ste C, Modesto, CA 95355. (209) 551-1888