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.
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.
Updated Dec. 6, 2012