Ronald J. Lee, MD

Raised in a large family and on a small suburban farm in Phoenix, Arizona, my life

has included many activities and experiences that have drawn me to Family

Medicine. These activities, my academic training, and my international

experience have prepared me to make a meaningful contribution to the medical

profession.


My appreciation for hard work and perseverance began at home. My

responsibilities there included hauling hay, milking goats, extracting honey from

bee hives, and tending a small orchard and garden. While this work occupied

much of my time, I also found opportunity to participate in more broadening

endeavors. For example, I developed a love for music and sports. I learned to

sing and play the piano and french horn, and I participated in various

competitions in the United States. I was also a member of the Phoenix Boys

Choir. My training in music helped teach me to focus and concentrate.

Similarly, my participation in baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball

have provided me opportunities to develop discipline and stamina. I have

especially enjoyed basketball and was a starting player on the varsity team in

high school. During my senior year, I suffered a back injury during a game.

Discovering that my back was "broken," my physician limited my activity for six

months and prescribed the use of a back brace. Unfortunately, I missed the

playoffs, but because of my physicians competence and care, today I enjoy

playing basketball without discomfort or evidence of injury. My physicians

expertise and genuine concern for my well-being greatly impressed me, and in

hindsight was probably the beginning of my interest in becoming a physician.


My involvement in the Boy Scouts of America has also been instrumental in my

preparation for entering the medical field. I am an Eagle Scout. My scouting

experiences as both a youth and adult have provided unique service

opportunities as well as leadership training. More important than the skills I

learned as a scout have been the values that were reinforced in the scouting

program: of honor, doing my best, and being trustworthy in every

circumstance.


After my first year of college, I served as a volunteer representative of The

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For two years I lived in South

America performing ecclesiastical duties and giving humanitarian aid. This

experience exposed me to the harsh reality of life in an area with little access to

medical treatment. I often met people whose disabilities and illnesses might

have been avoided or mitigated with proper medical attention.


Upon returning to the United States, I resumed my studies at Brigham Young

University. I pursued a pre-med track, convinced that my talents and abilities

could be best applied in the medical profession in the service of others. I

chose Spanish Translation as my major to augment my understanding of the

language, fortify my fluency, and magnify a skill to be used in connection with

providing medical care to others.


Following graduation from Brigham Young University I applied and immediately was

accepted into the International Medical School of the Universidad Autónoma de

Guadalajara. I could not have asked for a better environment to learn the

healing art and practice of medicine. My experiences and preparation in both

medical and missionary service in Latin America have given me perspective and

training unparalleled from any other that I could have received.


After graduating from Medical School I completed my Internship in New York,

through New York Medical College. During that rigorous year of training I

witnessed first hand the tragedy and devastating events of 911. Following my

internship I moved back to Arizona to complete a three year Family Medicine residency program at Scottsdale Healthcare. At the beginning of my first year of residency I met my wife, and shortly thereafter we were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Today my beautiful wife and I enjoy the company of our five wonderful children. Furthermore, we enjoy the close proximity of both of our extended family. We are so glad that our children are being raised in an environment close to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My wife and I are so fortunate that Providence has given us each other and our family.