Joon Hee Lee, DAOM, LAc

Assistant Professor


Joon Hee Lee completed his master's degree at Samra University of Oriental Medicine and doctorate at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He started teaching at NCNM in 2011 as an adjunct faculty and joined as full-time faculty in 2012.

Courses taught:
•    CCM511/521/531 Herbs I, II, III
•    CCM710 Survey of Classical Texts
•    CCM719 Classical Case Studies I
•    CCM981/982/989 Mentorship Tutorial
•    CCM978E/979E/961E Classical Texts V, VI, VII

Joon Hee Lee studies and applies (in clinic) Chinese classical texts including Shanghan Lun, Jingui Yaolue and Huangdi Neijing — the very foundation of Chinese medicine. His quest for finding the root and truth of Chinese medicine began when he realized that the reality of long Chinese medical history up to present day is merely the different interpretations of and extensions from those experienced, formulated and written during the antiquity. He believes that the accurate understanding of the root can ensure one’s ability to identify the benefits and shortcomings of later interpretations and developments, hence the improvement in clinical application and efficacy.

Fluent in classical literary Chinese, Joon Hee Lee is also accessible to the medical literature written in Korean and Japanese language, which enabled him to explore medical knowledge and techniques developed in a broader geographical area of East Asia.

Besides medical classics, he reads Confucian classics and early historical texts to better understand the antiquity and its language. He likes to incorporate pedagogical insights from Confucius and Mencius in his teaching to encourage students to cultivate virtue and classical Chinese scholarship.

Curriculum Vitae

DAOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR 2010
MSOM, Samra University of Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 2004
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)  2004 – present
Licensed Acupuncturist, California 2004 – present 
Licensed Acupuncturist, Oregon 2004 – present
Full-time Faculty, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  2012 – present
Adjunct Faculty, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  2011 – 2012
Private practice, Portland, OR 2012 – present
Private Practice, Hillsboro Acupuncture & Herb Clinic, Hillsboro, OR  2004 – 2012 
•  Hierarchy of Patterns in the Clinical Application of Zhang Zhong Jing’s Formulas: An Empirical Approach. 
    Journal of Chinese Medicine. No 95. February 2011.
•  The Origin of Yoshimasu Todo’s Medicine. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. No 51. March 2011.
Abdominal Diagnosis for Chinese Herbal Medicine, OCOM 2009
Clinical Application of Zhang Zhong Jing Formulas, OCOM 2010
Hierarchy of Pattern in the Application of Zhang Zhong Jing Formulas, OCOM 2010
Chinese Medicine, Dept of Environmental Study (guest lecturer), Pacific University 2010
Classical Chinese Texts II (Huangdi Neijing, Suwen), NCNM 2011
Classical Chinese Texts IX (Jingui Yaolue), NCNM 2011
Classical Chinese Texts VII (Shanghan Lun, part 1), NCNM 2011
Classical Chinese Texts VIII (Shanghan Lun, part 2), NCNM 2012
Herbs I, NCNM 2011
Herbs II, NCNM 2012
Herbs III, NCNM 2012
Mentorship Tutorial, NCNM 2012
Survey of Classical Texts, NCNM 2012
•  Clinical application of Chinese medical classics  
•  Shanghan Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage)    
•  Jingui Yaolue (Essentials from Golden Cabinet)  
•  Classical herbal formulas  
•  Abdominal diagnosis for classical herbal formula prescription  
•  Chinese, Korean and Japanese developments and approaches of herbal medicine  
•  Korean Sa Am acupuncture  
Chinese classical texts  
Medical: Shanghan Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage)   
              Jingui Yaolue (Essentials from Golden Cabinet)   
              Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic)  
              Nanjing (Classic of Difficulty)  
              Various Materia Medicas   
Non-medical: Confucian classics including Shijing (Classic of Poetry), Shujing (Classic of History), 
                       Lunyu (Analects) and Mengzi (Mencius)   
                       Shiji (Records of Historian)   
                       Other pre-Qin and Han dynasty texts  
•  Profound knowledge of classical literary Chinese  
•  Fluent knowledge of modern medical Chinese, Korean and Japanese literature  
•  Fluent knowledge of written and spoken Korean  
•  Basic knowledge of spoken Chinese and Japanese   
•  Tai Ji: Yang style long form and sword, Chen style old frames, Jing Gong 24 forms  
•  Kendo second dan black belt  

Updated Dec. 6, 2012