Dr. Tammy Wu Plastic Surgeon &
Dr. Calvin Lee (me), General Surgeon / Acupuncturist
The greatest sense of fine motor
control comes from playing a musical instrument. There
is nothing else that I know which develops as much
discriminating ability for the hands. Diligent and
purposeful practicing of musical instruments also allows one
to develop habits and strategies that last a lifetime when
it comes to perfecting other motor skills such as delicate
surgical maneuvers. Playing the violin and piano has
helped us become better surgeons. Dr. Wu plays piano,
and Dr. Lee plays violin (and now plays the piano).
Besides dexterity, music enhances the artistic capacities of
our minds and helps us realize the art in our surgeries.
Surgical Artistry, Inc. -
2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C, Modesto, CA 95355
Why "Rising Piano Fire"
"Rising Piano Fire" is derived from "Rising Liver Fire."
Rising liver fire is a condition in acupuncture and Chinese
medicine which leads to ringing in the ears, irritability,
muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders, rising blood
pressure, and insomnia. The piano has caused all these
things in my life. I'm an acupuncturist and general
surgeon - the piano has really brought more joy to me than
rising liver fire. I just really liked the term rising
liver fire. Plus, a grand piano sort of has a shape of the
My Music background
Started piano at age 5, quit at age 10.
Started violin at age 7.
Started tinkering with the piano again in 2006, current
piano teacher Yan Yan Chan.
I love music - it has done so
much for me and is a big part of my life. Around November
2006, we bought a piano, it was mainly for Tammy to play;
however, I got some piano time in as well, and decided to keep
International Van Cliburn
Amateur Piano Competition
For amateurs over the age of 35 who play piano. The
next one is to be held in the summer of 2011. I thought I
would try. One way to get into this competition in 2011 is
to be the winner of the YouTube amateur piano competition put on
by the Van Cliburn Foundation. It sounded like fun.
Here's the video I've
submitted to the YouTube contest
Click on the button
above (sometimes you have to click twice).
The two pieces are: Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1, and Debussy
My YouTube account is: RisingLiverFire (one word)
True, violin is my main instrument. I secretly took up
playing piano about 2 years ago (I played piano as a kid but
quit around age 10). Now I'm coming out with "I like piano
too." Here's a violin "video" It's mainly just
the sound. I added some pictures just so I can get it onto
Calvin Lee on the
Violin playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 1st movement (excerpt)
Picture Guide: 0:00 At McHenry Museum with
members of Modesto Symphony Orchestra
0:08 at the fat cat getting ready for heavy metal on two
0:16 with Rachel Barton Pine on stage
0:24 Rachel Barton Pine on stage flinging bow
0:32 with Rachel Barton Pine. Those are her CD's
0:40 with Rachel Barton Pine trying looking like metal heads
- not very successful
0:48 yes it was a big moment for me to play with famous
Rachel Barton Pine
0:56 another on stage rehearsal moment with Rachel Barton
1:04 in Turlock in front of Stan State
1:12 construction on my new office - Surgical Artistry, Inc.
1:20 the ceiling of my new office being constructed
1:28: More construction
1:36 more construction
1:44 getting closer to completion
1:52: Even closer to completion. We moved in
2:00 hand X-ray: This means that you're going to see
more clinical pictures.
2:08 Trauma pager 5:50 am. Ugh. My "shift" is
over at 6am. I took these pictures way after the
trauma - don't worry I have my priorities straight.
2:16 Trauma pager says: "mechanism gun shot"
2:24 ETA 2 minutes!
2:32 in the OR at Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
2:40 Random on stage picture at Stan State. I was
actually playing piano there, but I couldn't resist trying
out their Steinway D.
2:48 Other plastic surgeons that my wife knows
2:56 On TV talking about veins. Local TV.
3:04 Getting ready for Docs Play the Pops. Dr. Tom
Wallace saw my new Steinway didn't even take off his
motorcycle helmet. The power of a new Steinway.
He plays the piano very very well.
3:12 The Docs play the pops publicity photo - Docs play the
pops is a Doctor music recital and raises money for MJC
(Modesto Junior College) music education.
3:20 Me sitting at a desk
3:28 Picture in the plastic surgery photography room about 7
3:36 Picture at the steinway store where I bought my
steinway. With Piano professor Steve English
3:44 with Matt Haimovitz (famous cellist) and Tammy
3:52 with Chee Yun (famous violinist) and Tammy (Dr. Wu, the
4:00 Chee Yun playing on my violin
4:08 with Chee Yun and Tammy (Dr. Wu - not that easy for me
to say Dr. Wu when referring to her, but I'm getting better)
4:16 Charles and Cherrie's (they lent me their video camera
which I'm still hogging - I need to give it back soon,
because they have something new coming along in their lives)
wedding. I got to play violin briefly at their
wedding. They are the best friends one could have.
4:24 at some Bar. I don't even drink. Very very
4:32 template to place my piano after we had moved - I love
hard wood floors.
4:39 Piano at my old house. I took this picture,
emailed to Steinway guys, and they use it on their computers
as their background picture - I went to the piano store
recently and saw it on their computer screen background.
4:47 My violin gets to meet the new piano
4:55 Yan Yan Chan (my piano teacher) playing on Horowitz's
piano, me on the violin
5:04 my famous constipated look while playing violin
5:12 close up of the famous constipated look
5:20 Surgeon me at SSH
5:28 Surgeon (me) waving good bye after a case at Doctors
Medical Center, Modesto
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