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Rheumatologic disorders can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. I will be your guide and help you overcome the disease so that you can enjoy your life again. I spend a lot of time listening to my patients and educating them so that they can understand how to overcome the challenge and restore their health. You will never be left alone in the dark when you have me as your guide in the journey to health. 

As a triple-board certified phyisican in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Dermatology (dermatology board obtained in South Korea), I see the bigger picture of health issues and help you as a whole person rather than fixing just one disease. 

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SEUNG YOON CELINE LEE, MD, FACR

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ABOUT ME

​In medical school, education is primarily focused on teaching about various diseases and how to fix them. However, I quickly realized that knowing how to fix a disease is just a half of practicing medicine as a doctor. A good doctor does more than just fixing a disease.

In my journey as a doctor for the past 20 years, my mantra has been finding the root cause of the problem and helping my patients to achieve and maintain true health as a whole, rather than just fixing a disease. This mantra has led me to go deeper and deeper in my career as a doctor. 

As a board-certified dermatologist, I found that a lot of skin diseases were just a sign that signaled there was a bigger internal problem. A lot of these skin problems were from systemic rheumatologic disorders. I wanted to solve the root cause of these problems, which eventually led me to obtain double-board in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology after I moved to the United States.

Rheumatologic disorders are overwhelming to every patient. It is a very complicated concept and the medicines sound scary. For many, getting a rheumatologic dignosis is one of the major health problems in their entire life. My mantra tells me that prescribing a medicine to fix the rheumatologic disease is just half of the job. I believe that the other half comes from trusting relationship with my patients, great communication, education and empowerment. 

I feel privileged to be allowed to be with my patients in their most vulnerable moments of dealing with the disease. I want to hold their hands and become a guide in their journey of restoring their health. I listen very carefully to what my patients say. Most of the time, the answer is in the stories they tell. Not only treating their disease with a medicine, I will help you with every step toward restoring your health.   

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

March 1996 - February 2002

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE (M.D.)

Korea University, School of Medicine
Seoul, South Korea

March 2002 - February 2003

MEDICAL INTERNSHIP

Medical Internship training
Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea

March 2003 - Feb 2008

DERMATOLOGY RESIDENCY

Dermatology Residency with the last year served as the cheif resident 
Board certification in Dermatology
National Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea

March 2008 - June 2011

BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST

Worked as a board-certified dermatologist
Seoul, South Korea

July 2011 - June 2014

INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY

Internal Medicine residency training
Board certification in Internal Medicine
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 2014 - June 2016

RHEUMATOLOGY FELLOWSHIP

Fellowship training in rheumatology
Board certification in Rheumatology
UCLA Medical Center Department of Rheumatology, Los Angeles, California

July 2016 - July 2022

BOARD-CERTIFIED RHEUMATOLOGIST

Worked as a board-certified rheumatologist
Intermountain Healthcare Cottonwood Rheumatology clinic, Murray, Utah

August 2022 - Current

Founded Lotus Rheumatology & Wellness Clinic

I treat patients with autoimmune diseases in a comprehensive and holistic way, combining all my skills      and knowledge in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, Dermatology and Lifestyle medicine all backed by my four board-certifications. I also provide patients with nutrition couseling and evaluate their lifestyle and suggest changes that can help their autoimmune diseases. Additionally, I perform energistic treatment using acupuncture to normalize the flow of energy in the body and enhance organ functions. 

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PUBLICATIONS

I conducted several research and published papers in prestigious journals.

1)Wide-field imaging of birefringent synovial fluid crystals using lens-free polarized microscopy for gout diagnosis. Yibo Zhang, Seung Yoon Celine Lee, Yun Zhang, Daniel Furst, John Fitzgerald, Aydogan Ozcan. Scientific Reports (2016), doi:10.1038/srep28793


2) Junpaparp P, Romero-Corral A, Seung Yoon Lee, Witke C. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection: a rare cause of acute coronary syndrome. BMJ Case rep 2014 Mar; doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-203243


3) Gordon Dougal, Seung Yoon Celine Lee. Evaluation of the efficacy of low-level light therapy using 1072nm infrared light for the treatment of herpes simplex labialis. Clin Exp Dermatol 2013; 38(7):713-718.


4) Seung Yoon Celine Lee, In-Wha Seong, Ji-Seon Kim, Kyeong-A Cheon, Se Hun Gu, Hee Hwan Kim, Ki Ho Park. Enhancement of cutaneous immune response to bacterial infection after low-level light therapy with 1072nm infrared light: A preliminary study. J Photochem Photobiol B 2011;105(3):175-182.


5) Seung Yoon Celine Lee. Ch 3. Shedding light on acne: from myth to science (laser and light therapy for acne). In: Roth D, ed. Dermatology Research Focus on Acne, Melanoma and Psoriasis. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2009: 3-14.


6) Seung Yoon Lee, Ki-Ho Park, Jung-Woo Choi, Jung-Kyun Kwon, Doo Rak Lee, Mi Sun Shin, Jee Sung Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park. A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, and split-face clinical study on LED phototherapy for skin rejuvenation: Clinical, profilometric, histologic, ultrastructural, and biochemical evaluations and comparison of three different treatment settings. J Photochem Photobiol B 2007; 88:51-67.


7) Seung Yoon Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park. Blue and red light combination LED phototherapy for acne vulgaris in patients with skin phototype IV. Lasers Surg Med 2007; 39:180-188.


8) Seung Yoon Lee, Doo Rak Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park, Sook Ja Son. Folliculosebaceous cystic hamartoma on the nipple. Am J Dermatopathol 2006; 28: 205-207.


9) Seung Yoon Lee, Doo Rak Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park, Sook Ja Son. Autosensitization dermatitis associated with propolis-induced allergic contact dermatitis. J Drug Dermatol 2006:5;458-460.


10) Seung Yoon Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park, Hae Sun Yun, Sung Soon Kim. Invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the oral mucosa associated with HPV type 53. Ann Dermatol 2007; 19:19-21.


11) Seung Yoon Lee, Yu Sung Choi, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park, Sook Ja Son. A case of toxic epidermal necrolysis treated with intravenous immunoglobulin. Korean J Dermatol 2006;44:350-352.


12) Hye Sang Park, Seung Yoon Lee, Chung Eui You, Mi Youn Park, Sook Ja Son. A case of prurigo nodularis treated with narrow-band UVB and naltrexone. Korean J Dermatol 2005;43:1113-1115.


13) Hye Sang Park, Yu Sung Choi, Seung Yoon Lee, Chung Eui You, Sook Ja Son, Mi Youn Park. A case of epithelioid angiosarcoma on the back. Korean J Dermatol 2005;43:294-296.

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PRESENTATIONS

Oral and poster presentation in US and International conferences

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

1) American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA (2016). Computational Polarizing Microscopy: A Novel Method to Detect Birefringent Crystals Using Lens-Free On-Chip Microscopy.


2) SPIE Photonics West, San Fransisco, USA (2016). Wide-field synovial fluid imaging using polarized lens-free on-chip microscopy for point-of-care diagnostics of gout and pseudogout.


3) 27th ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery) Annual Conference, Grapevine, Texas, USA (2007). A controlled, double-blinded, split-face study on lightemitting diode phototherapy for skin rejuvenation: clinical, histologic, ultrastructural, biochemical evaluations and comparison of different settings (Selected as one of the Top 10 papers presented at the conference).


4) 17th Regional Congress of Dermatology, Bali, Indonesia (2006). Invited speaker. “LED phototherapy for skin rejuvenation: Clinical trial for the scientific evidences of its efficacy and for optimizing treatment protocols”, and “Combined blue and red LED therapy for acne vulgaris: Endogenous photodynamic therapy plus photobiomodulation therapy”.


5) 24th Symposium of Contact Dermatitis and Skin Allergy, Seoul, South Korea (2006). Autosensitization dermatitis associated with propolis-induced allergic contact dermatitis.


6) 58th Annual meeting of Korean Dermatological Association, Pusan, South Korea (2006). LED photoimmunomodulation in photodamaged skin.


7) 281st Conference of Seoul Branch of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2005). Folliculosebaceous cystic hamartoma on the nipple.


8) 57th Annual meeting of Korean Dermatological Association, Kyeong-ju, South Korea (2005). Pigmented basal cell carcinoma on the scalp.


9) 276th Conference of Seoul Branch of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2005). A case of toxic epidermal necrolysis treated with intravenous immunoglobulin.


POSTER PRESENTATIONS

1) G-CAN (Gout, Hyperuricemia and Crystal-Related Diseases) Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA (2016). Computational Polarizing Microscopy: A Novel Method to Detect Birefringent Crystals Using Lens-Free On-Chip Microscopy.


2) American College of Rheumatology annual conference, Boston, USA (2014). Yun Deng, Jennifer M. Grossman, Qiong Fu, William J. Martin, Judith A. James, Joan T. Merrill, Diane L. Kamen, Gary S. Gilkeson, Susan A. Boackle, Chaim Putterman, Jane E. Salmon, Vasileios C. Kyttaris, George C. Tsokos, C-Yung Yu, Matthew Quirk, Seema Kamble, Melissa Barcelona, Erika Magdangal, Lori Sahakian, Seung Yoon Lee, Tracy Y. Lin, Weiling Chen, Jennifer MP. Woo, Ornella J. Rullo, Deborah K. McCurdy, Bevra H. Hahn, Maureen A. McMahon, Sang-Cheol Bae and Betty P. Tsao. Functional Androgen Receptor Variants Associated With Increased Damage in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.


3) The 2011 American College of Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting, Wynnewood, PA, USA (2011). A Case of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy preceded by opioid withdrawal.


4) 30th ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery) Annual conference, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (2010). The efficacy of full-spectrum light generated by electrical discharge between two carbon arc rods for the treatment of acne compared to 1% topical clindamycin.


5) 16th EADV (European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology) Conference, Vienna, Austria (2007). Light-emitting diode phototherapy for skin rejuvenation: A randomized, controlled, and split-face clinical study with profilometric, histologic and biochemical evaluations.


6) 59th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2007). A case of Congenital Self-healing Reticulohistiocytosis (HashimotoPritzker disease).


7) 59th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2007). A case of stasis papillomatosis.


8) 59th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2007). A case of acquired reactive perforating collagenosis treated with lowdose allopurinol.


9) 58th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Pusan, South Korea (2006). A statistical analysis of cutaneous changes in patients with liver diseases.


10) 58th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Pusan, South Korea (2006). A case of Phakomatosis Pigmentovascularis (PPV) developed in brothers.


11) 58th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Pusan, South Korea (2006). A case of Aplasia Cutis Congenita.


12) 58th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Pusan, South Korea (2006). A case of Folliculosebaceous cystic hamartoma (FCH) on the nipple.


13) 57th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2005). A statistical analysis of nail changes in patients with systemic diseases.


14) 57th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2005). Combination LED phototherapy using blue (415nm) and red (633nm) ligth in the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. (Selected as the Best Poster Award at the conference)


15) 57th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Kyeong-ju, South Korea (2005). Clinical and laboratory characteristics of atopic dermatitis according to its severity.


16) 57th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Kyeong-ju, South Korea (2005). A case of tuberous sclerosis- associated angiomyolipoma that involved multiple organs.


17) 57th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Kyeong-ju, South Korea (2005). A case of toxic epidermal necrolysis treated with intravenous immunoglobulin.


18) 57th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Kyeong-ju, South Korea (2005). A case of invasive squamous cell carcinoma transformed from verrucous carcinoma.


19) 56th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2004). Statistical analysis of in-patient dermatological consultation in National Medical Center.


20) 56th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2004). Two cases of treating sebocytomatosis by minimal incision and removal of the cystic wall.


21) 56th Annual Autumn Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Seoul, South Korea (2004). Therapeutic effect of eradicating Malassezia furfur in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in the head and neck region.


22) 56th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Jeju, South Korea (2004). A case of cutaneous horn developed on Linear Verrucous Epidermal Nevus (LVEN).


23) 56th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Jeju, South Korea (2004). A case of Arsenic Keratosis associated with multiple skin cancers.


24) 56th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Jeju, South Korea (2004). Two cases of epithelioid angiosarcoma.


25) 56th Annual Spring Conference of Korean Dermatological Association, Jeju, South Korea (2004). A case of Nevus Lipomatosus Cutaneous Superficialis.

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AWARDS

2017

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run Physician Honoree

2016

Pfizer Fellow Research Award

2015

Recipient of the ASLMS Research Award

2014

Recipient of 2014 ACR Rheumatology Research Foundation Award

2007

One of the top 10 papers in the ‘Cutaneous Laser Surgery’ session of the 27th ASLMS Annual Conference

2005

Best Poster Award at the 57th annual meeting of the Korean Association of Dermatology

2004

“Best Doctor at National Medical Center” award presented by the Minister of Health and Welfare of South Korea

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CONTACT

166 E 5900 S Ste B111

Murray, UT 84107

Phone: 801-509-5722

Fax    : 801-743-7593

Email : info@lotusrheumatology.com

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