Calvin Lee, MD
Written for Del Rio Magazine (Modesto, CA).
One of Dr. Calvin Lee’s goals is to continually improve Modesto. He is proud to help start the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon in 2009 and be a founder of the Gallo Center for the Arts. Recently, he was involved with starting Modesto Moves and Ripon-Manteca Moves – training groups for runners. Soon there will be a new half marathon called Ripon’s Run, and he is proud to be able to be the initial title sponsor along with DMC. Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified General Surgeon who lives with his Plastic Surgeon wife, Dr. Tammy Wu, in Rancho Del Rio. He came to Modesto in 2003, joining the McHenry Medical Group as a trauma and general surgeon. In 2006, he formed Surgical Artistry with his wife. Now at Surgical Artistry, his practice involves a specialty of needles – for acupuncture, Botox and cosmetic injections.
With acupuncture he specializes in treating back pain. His Botox practice is at the “Top 500 level”, a designation given by the manufactures as one of the busiest 500 accounts in the country out of an estimated 30,000. With Botox he specializes in cosmetic injections, injections for plantar fasciitis, sweating under the arms, muscular trigger points, and headaches. With fillers, he enjoys working under the eye lid area, an area called the tear trough. He considers acupuncture, Botox, and cosmetic filler implants to be surgical procedures.
Most Surgical Artistry patients are not from Modesto. It’s an honor to have patient traffic come to Modesto. After visiting our office, many of our recurring patients tell us that they like coming here to shop because of the relatively lower tax rate – especially the patients from San Francisco.
Dr. Lee was born in New York City and had the honor of being accepted to all the Ivy League Schools and Stanford. He decided to enroll at Brown University where he met his wife in 1989. They were both part of a eight-year program which combined undergraduate with medical school. After that he went to Case Western Reserve and Southern Illinois University for Surgery training for the next 6 years.
He is also a violinist. He was soloist and concertmaster of orchestras at Brown and Harvard Universities and various orchestras in New York. He has played at Carnegie Hall twice on the violin. In 2009, YouTube in conjunction with the San Francisco Symphony had a contest and he one of two non-professional violinists who won a spot in the YouTube Symphony. This resulted in world wide media attention. He also toured as a violin soloist throughout parts of Asia. He thought about becoming a professional violinist, but in college, he developed a hearing problem; thus he decided that it was a sign that he needed to dive in wholeheartedly into medicine. He is teaching himself piano these days. Recently he participated in a piano competition in Beverly Hills which involved competing with piano teachers, and he won and performed a Beethoven Concerto with orchestra in Los Angeles. He loves his Los Angeles audience and plans to perform in Los Angeles again next year. He has a violin recital lined up in Modesto in September with music professors at Modesto Junior College.
For fun he enjoys making websites, blogging, spending time on FaceBook, marketing, eating vegan, and running.