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
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 physician’s competence and care, today I enjoy
playing basketball without discomfort or evidence of injury. My physician’s
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
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.