Introduction of course chairman: Tsun-Nin Lee, M.D
Dr. Lee, after obtaining a BA degree (chemistry) from Columbia College (1966) and an MD degree from New York University
School of Medicine (1970), received his post-graduate training in medicine at the University Hospital of Jacksonville,
Florida. He then became a diplomate of Advanced Acupuncture of the Hong Kong Acupuncture Institute and was certified
by the Chinese Medical Institute in 1975. He was subsequently awarded honorary directorship of the Cultural Center of
Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong. Since 1978, he has been the director of the Academy of Pain Research, which offered the
very first comprehensive training course for physicians on acupuncture in North America. For more than four decades,
he maintained a unique clinical practice integrating modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, including
acupuncture and herbal medicine. He was also the program director of a number of major national conferences on the
multidisciplinary approach to pain management since 1978.
He is the proponent of the Thalamic Neuron Theory (TNT) (three installments in the span of approximately 25 years,
see "sample publications of Dr. Lee" below) which offers a scientific basis of explanation for the mechanisms of
various alternative and complementary medical modalities, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Over
the past 30 years, Dr. Lee has been intimately involved in the teaching and training of hundreds of physicians
looking to incorporate acupuncture and the principles of traditional Chinese medicine into their medical practices.