Surgical Artistry is run by Dr. Tammy Wu and Dr. Calvin Lee.  Located in Modesto, California, we offer services in Plastic Surgery, Botox, Acupuncture, and Veins (facial veins and leg veins)

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Tammy Wu, MD  |  Calvin Lee, MD  |  (209) 551-1888
Mon-Fri 8am -5pm    2336 Sylvan Ave. C, Modesto, CA 95355
(next to the post office)

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My Personal Continuing Medical Education
Calvin Lee, MD
Surgeon, Acupuncturist, Botox & Juvederm Injector, Cosmetic Vein Specialist

Because I care deeply for all my patients who have put their trust in me, I strive to hone my knowledge and skills to the highest level I can. Formal Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are measured in hours.  But there are also many other forms of medical education which do not have formalized CME credits, and I will list some of them here as well.

I've come to realize that I need to design and be in charge of my own continued education because my professional interests don't exactly follow the path of other established groups of physicians.

Most recent continuing education/self improvement activities on top of the list, and oldest on the bottom.  This list starts 3/19/2013.  This page is sort of an experiment.  I'm pretty sure that I can't list everything I do here.  But I'm using this page as a note pad in which I can refer back to.  There is no medical advice intended on the page.


Newer CME posts will be at my CME Blog


Subspecialty Lecture Series: Depression, Ovarian Cancer, Spine Pathology/Surgery

4/20/13 - lectures given by Dr. Grace Nadolny (Pharmacologist and Psychiatrist), Dr, Trung Nguyen (Gynecologic Oncology), Dr. Nguyen Do (Neurosurgery).  These are Sutter Gould Physicians working at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, CA.

4 hours of CME lecture credit given.

Reviewing the Academy of Dermatology position on Vitamin D
amended November 14, 2009, updated January 19

3/30/13 - link: Academy of Dermatology position paper on Vitamin D (2009), Update 2011


The Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend that the public obtain vitamin D from a healthy diet that includes food naturally rich in vitamin D, foods and beverages fortified with vitamin D, and/or dietary supplements. The Academy reaffirmed its position that vitamin D should not be obtained from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices, as UV radiation is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer.

Adults who regularly and properly practice photoprotection may also be at risk for
vitamin D insufficiency, and may be considered for a daily total supplementation dose of 1000 IU vitamin D

There is no scientifically validated, safe threshold level of UV exposure from the sun
or indoor tanning devices that allows for maximal vitamin D synthesis without
increasing skin cancer risk.

Many epidemiological studies suggest an association between low serum vitamin D
levels and increased risk of certain types of cancers, neurologic disease,
autoimmune disease and cardiovascular disease.  It should be emphasized that the causal relationship of vitamin D to these
diseases has yet to be demonstrated with clinical trials.

A blood test to measure serum vitamin D level, expressed as the 25-
hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], is widely available.  Further research is needed to determine the appropriate serum
concentration of vitamin Drequired for overall good health.

For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section on, a website developed by dermatologists that provides the public with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails. 


Two forms are important in humans: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants. Vitamin D3 is synthesized by humans in the skin when it is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from sunlight. Foods may be fortified with vitamin D2 or D3.

Reviewing the ingredients in sunscreens

3/27/13-3/30/13  I am writing an article about sunscreens:  Sunscreens to keep wrinkles away.  We carry sunscreens in our Modesto, CA office.


Sunscreening agents approved by the US FDA or other agencies



UVA: 400315 nm  UVB: 315290 nm  chemical agents unless otherwise noted



UVA filters

Avobenzone (Parsol 1789)  Bisdisulizole disodium (Neo Heliopan AP)  Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (Uvinul A Plus)  Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX)  Methyl anthranilate



UVB filters

4-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA)  Cinoxate  Ethylhexyl triazone (Uvinul T 150)  Homosalate  4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (Parsol 5000)  Octyl methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate)  Octyl salicylate (Octisalate)  Padimate O (Escalol 507)  Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (Ensulizole)  Polysilicone-15 (Parsol SLX)  Trolamine salicylate



UVA+UVB filters

Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S)  Dioxybenzone  Drometrizole trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL)  Iscotrizinol (Uvasorb HEB)  Octocrylene  Oxybenzone (Eusolex 4360)  Sulisobenzone  hybrid (chemical/physical): Bisoctrizole (Tinosorb M)  physical: Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide



A Visual guide to Low Back Pain

3/20/13  Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on

This presentation showed anatomical pictures of the sciatic nerve, and discussed bulging or ruptured discs causing sciatic pain.  It also discusses muscle strain.  There are also great anatomical slides showing herniated discs.  It defined spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord.  And spondylitis, chronic back pain and stiffness due to severe inflammation of the spinal joints.  It also discussed stretching, yoga, physical therapy, massage therapy (a study showed that after 10 weeks, people got benefits which lasted at least 6 months.  It mentioned that acupuncture results were mixed.  It also briefly described nerve root blocks, and of course mentions surgery: removal of a herniated disc, widening the space around the spinal cord, or fusion of two spinal vertebrae together.

My thoughts:  the pictures were beautiful.  It was good for me to read what the general public is reading about back pain.  For me, I wish there was more detail about just about every slide presented here.   There were about 25 slides in all.  Regardless it was a good introduction to the world of lower back pain, and I was introduced to the terms flexion exercises for the back vs. extension exercises for the back.


Highly Reliable Healthcare - the Science of Safety

3/19/13 (CME 1.5 hours)   Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, CA.  Talk by Kerry Johnson, Founding Partner and Chief Innovation Officer.  Phone 602-617-4261.  kerry [at] 

Topics included Principles of High Reliability Organizations (HROs).  Risk = Probability x Consequence.  We make about 20 mistakes per day.  Make patient safety a top priority and a core value. 

Great quotes from the talk "Stupidity should be painful."  "Don't expect, inspect."   "Turn Swiss cheese into American cheese" (this is about having holes in our defenses against mistakes).

My favorite take home application to what I do is to try to inspect more items and details and thus have greater results.


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