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Hidden Talents: Calvin Lee


People normally know me as a… surgeon who does botox injections, filler implants, acupuncture and vein procedures. Or perhaps they know me as Tammy Wu’s (Modesto plastic surgeon) husband.

But what they don’t know is that I am a… a violinist. I have a passion for music and I feel that playing music has an ability to detoxify me. I think I have been given the gift of dexterity. Some of my violin technical challenges and practice techniques translate over to surgical skills for me.

I got started with my hidden talent when… I was 7 years old and I saw some of my friends in New York playing the violin. I asked my parents if I could participate. About 6 months later I had a solo (Vivaldi Violin Concerto) with an orchestra.

And someday I hope to… solo with an orchestra again. I had some great opportunities a few years ago to be the guest soloist with orchestras in Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong. Much of this was a result of some very nice and talented physicians from those countries who saw some of my YouTube videos.

The last book I read was… a plastic surgery textbook my wife left on the kitchen table. I started reading the chapter on face lifts. It was quite an exciting read for me.

People can see my violin playing… I have several violin appearances on YouTube and I have pieced together a few things at www.surgerytoday.com/music.

I also enjoy… the piano. I am currently teaching myself with the help of some friends and have been improving rapidly. Sometimes I wonder if music was the work I was supposed to do. At one point in my life, I had to decide on a career path. It took me over 40 years of my life to be able to say for certain that I am very thankful that I am a physician first.

Want to get started in… Violin? In my observation, the first thing you have to do is go back in time and start as a kid. Violin is a hard instrument to learn as an adult. I think that even I started too late at age 7. But as an adult learner, consider piano – it is extremely rewarding to at least get some notes out of the instrument.

If you have a hidden talent, submit to [email protected].

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