About Tammy Wu, MD, Modesto Plastic Surgeon


Tzuying Tammy Wu, MD

Plastic Surgery

  • Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Co-founded Surgical Artistry with her husband.
Dr. Tammy Wu is a member of the ASPS

Dr. Tammy Wu is a member of the ASPS

Educational Institutions

  • Woodward Academy – boarding pre college years in Georgia.  Formerly known as Georgia Military Academy
  • Brown University Biochemistry Degree – Program in Liberal Medical Education
  • Brown University Medical School – graduated #1 in her medical school class
  • Southern Illinois University Integrated Residency in Plastic Surgery – under the guidance of Dr. Elvin Zook.

Plastic Surgery Publications

  • Wu T-Y, Brown RE. “Antegrade venous drainage in a reverse radial forearm flap” Accepted, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Brown RE, Wu TT. “Use of ‘Spare Parts’ in Mutilated Upper Extremity Injuries”. Hand Clinics 19 (1):73, 2003.
  • Russell RC, Bueno RA, Wu TT. “Secondary Procedures Following Mutilating Hand Injuries”. Hand Clinics 19(1):149, 2003.

Plastic Surgery Research

Creating an new external ear using techniques of tissue engineering and cultured cells in an animal model. The presentation of this research won first place at the Illinois American College of Surgeons Conference in Galena, IL.

 Hospital Privileges


Besides constantly thinking about how to improve upon plastic surgical procedures such as Tummy Tucks, she has other activities that helps her lead a balanced life.

  • Practicing good health
  • Gluten Free Baking
  • Learning more about Buddhism
  • Piano
  • Marathon Running – she helped to start the Annual Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

About the Genesis of Surgical Artistry and Life in Modesto

The page above is all serious, and now visit this page for a more fun look at our lives and our careers as surgeons in Modesto, CA.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888

Modesto Hospitals where we perform Tummy Tuck Surgeries

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Modesto Area Hospitals for our Tummy Tuck Surgeries

We perform our Tummy Tuck surgeries at hospitals.  And most of them are outpatient procedures – meaning that patients go home the same day.

These costs for the facility (hospital) fee and the anesthesia fees are passed through to our patients without any markups from us.  In fact the patients usually pay the facility and the anesthesiologists directly.  The patients choose their facilities and there are different prices set by these facilities.  Our surgeons fees however, remain the same regardless of location.  For more information about the cost of Tummy Tuck surgeries, please follow the link.

If a patient requests to stay overnight, arrangements can be made at the hospitals.  Stanislaus Surgical Hospital has been the choice of most of our patients who choose to stay overnight, and the special tummy tuck over night rate is that of a high end hotel.

Pictured above is Doctor’s Medical Center in Modesto, CA.  Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto plastic surgeon, has operative privileges at these hospitals listed above.

Dr. Tammy Wu on Google+

About Us

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Who are we?

Sometimes I wonder myself about that question.  Are we from outer space?

I am Dr. Calvin Lee, and I’m writing this section.  Dr. Tammy Wu, my wife doesn’t like to talk about herself much and says that her “results speaks for themselves.”  Therefore she thinks that this section doesn’t need to be written.  But I’m of the believe that the more you know about us, the more at ease you’ll feel if you picked us to be your surgeons.

Dr. Wu may have graduated #1 from Ivy League Medical School, but I got this award, ha!

Dr. Wu may have graduated #1 from Ivy League Medical School, but I got this award, ha!

First, yes we’re married.

We get that question once in a while.  Or people act surprised when they find out that we’re married.  We love working together and have no problem seeing each other every waking moment.  But that doesn’t actually happen because I’m usually on one side of the office and Dr. Tammy Wu is on the other side of the office.  Plus she has her own procedures and I have my own procedures too.  We will come together and do one of our favorite procedures:  The Tummy Tuck.  This is a procedure where I get to be an assistant to the surgery.  And if you pick Dr. Tammy Wu to be your surgeon, you’ll get another surgeon to be your assistant (this is special) – no, not for free, but it’s at a good price – you shall see.  Normally you’ll get a nurse or a tech as an assistant, but for the Tummy Tucks, I like to help.

But I understand, perhaps our different last names threw you off.  But here’s my take on it.  Do you really want another “Dr. Lee” to confuse you?  So we are Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu – and hopefully you won’t get confused.

Secondly, yes, I’m a man, and my wife is a woman.

What? That’s my reaction too.  But I hear our team members on the phone saying this.  Yes, Dr. Lee is a man.  I had to think about this for a while.  Why are they saying this to the patients?  It must be because the patients are confused.  You know I have a deep voice (have you heard my Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon radio announcements?), and I have short hair.  So there should be no confusion.  But alas, I think I figured it out.  There is a neighboring town very close to Modesto, CA called Turlock, CA.  In Turlock there is another physician group of a husband and wife and they are in Family Medicine.  Guess what their names are?  It’s Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu also, but the Dr. Lee is the wife in that case and Dr. Wu is the husband.  I heard they have a good reputation so it’s all good if they got us confused, but the male/female husband/wife thing is different when you go from the Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu of Modesto to the Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu of Turlock.  Okay?  So Dr. Lee, me, is a man in this case.  And you should know that my wife’s full name is Dr. Tzuying Tammy Wu.  I think Tammy gives it away that she’s a woman.  But if we went by “Tzuying” – it would be harder to pronounce, plus it would add further to the gender confusion.

So in summary, Turlock has a Dr. Lee/Wu group and they are a Family Practice Physician and their genders are reversed from us.   We are the Dr. Lee/Wu group of Modesto and we are Surgeons.  Dr. Tammy Wu (my wife) is a plastic surgeon, and I’m (Dr. Calvin Lee) a general surgeon.  I’m sure this is clear now.  Or clear as mud so they say.

Did we go to School?  Harvard or Brown?

Well, I’ve never gotten this question before, but if you look at Dr. Tammy Wu, it seems as if she was born a surgeon.  She operates like she was born to do it and was a natural throughout her training.  But that might be the case.  Look at her family, she comes from a family of 16 doctors (including cousins).  Some of these guys are big wigs at Harvard University.  Her father was a Gynecological Surgeon.  Her brothers are anesthesiologist and musculoskeletal radiologist

Did I mention she graduated #1 from her Ivy League Medical School?  Let me back up a second.  I met Dr. Tammy Wu because we were both in the same program at Brown University.  It was called the Program in Liberal Medical Education.  They prided themselves in a broad based curriculum – drawing from all different types of knowledge – not just focused narrowly on biology.  Well, this program is very competitive and they take 60 or less folks per year (from around the world) to enroll at Brown University for this type of medical training.  For 8 years, I hung around these same 60 genius students, and we’ve become very close because the training was 8 years to become a physician.  Of those 60 folks, 3 in our class (yes Dr. Wu and I were in the same class and we met Freshman year) got the ability to boast that they turned Harvard down to go to this program at Brown University.  I was one of those 3.  But in the end my wife graduated on top of the class and got the honors for doing that.  We are very grateful for Brown for the opportunity for a great medical education which helped us challenge the norm, and helped us think independently and as people call it “outside the box” for unique and challenging medical situations.  After those 8 years at Brown.  Dr. Wu and I went to surgery training programs for another 6 more years for a total of 14 years after high school.  Dr. Wu went to Southern Illinois University (Springfield) for her dream plastic surgery training.  Some of the best plastic surgeons have emerged from that program, and she did the research and wanted to go there. I went to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland initially for my general surgery training.  Eventually, I was given the opportunity to transfer to be at the same program as Dr. Tammy Wu.  Coincidentally, my initial program in Cleveland opened up a spot for her so she could join me, so we had flexibility in options, but we chose for me to transfer to be closer to her.

Are we board certified?

Dr. Tzuying T. Wu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  You have to search her name in the board certified website via Tzuying Wu.  And I (Dr. Calvin Lee) am board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  In the end, our own take on this – we are all continually improving ourselves, and board certification for us is the minimal standard for ourselves in our field of aesthetic medicine and surgery.  So we continue to learn from our patients and improve.  We feel that our patients are the best teachers we’ve ever had.

Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee operating together in Modesto, CA

Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee operating together in Modesto, CA

Tzuying Tammy Wu is a woman plastic surgeon

Yes, now that we’ve established that Dr. Wu is a woman.  Did you know that there are only 668 women plastic surgeons in the US as of May 2012 according to ASPS membership.  ASPS is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Basically women make up 13% of plastic surgeons in the ASPS.  Dr. Wu herself is a consumer of plastic surgery and for certain aspects of plastic surgery, women plastic surgeons bring some unique perspectives to the field.  We think that this is an advantage.

2012 data reveals 668 women plastic surgeons

My sacrifice in residency allowed us to land in Modesto in  2003

Sacrifice? Well, it wasn’t really that severe.  I left my cozy comfortable surgical residency in Cleveland to join her in her hard core Southern Illinois University program.  When we finished our 6 years of surgery training, she stated that I should choose where we wanted to live next and that she would just follow.  Wow, how nice.  I am originally from New York City and I wanted to get away from City life and try my hand at country living.  So I initially chose a small wonderful town in Kansas, a town of about 10,000 people.  I was all ready to sign the generous contract from that very friendly town and Dr. Wu was all ready to let me sign the contract.  Then her wise family got involved and had me think about the benefit of having family close by.  The family plan was to get all the Wu siblings into Los Angeles.  Because I am flexible and want everyone to be happy.  I started the search again for a place to practice in Los Angeles.  I actually got job offers in Los Angeles and San Diego, but for some reason I didn’t like those areas (I’m starting to wonder now, if I’d like those areas – but that was back in 2003 when I was making these decisions).  Crazy that I turned down a job in San Diego right?  Well, the medical recruiter thought so too, as did the program in San Diego who basically slammed the phone down on me after telling me that they had 100 applicants for that position.  Oops, I think he got angry.

Then I looked at a town called Reedley and Selma, but I set the hotel on fire (for real) while interviewing and thought that was a bad omen, and broadened out my search, and finally found a wonderful general surgery/trauma surgery job in Modesto, CA.  Modesto was a great place for trauma surgery.  I was happy with the job, and Dr. Tammy Wu grew her base of patients rapidly in Modesto.  And we’ve been happy in Modesto.  Because my wife has an extensive list of doctor relatives, we eventually found out that our closest relative (who happens to be a doctor) is in Stockton, California.  But alas, no relatives in Modesto, CA.  But really, our patients and our team at Surgical Artistry is our extended family.

Almond Orchards in our Backyard in Modesto, CA

We still visit the rest of Dr. Tammy Wu’s family in Los Angeles often.  In fact, we even got some jobs with a medically related company in Los Angeles.  Dr. Wu became board of directors of the Cooperative of American Physicians, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, and I got a job in that company too (doesn’t sound as impressive as board of directors – but my position suits me well, I think).  In fact, we have a following of Los Angeles patients who come to our office – so that’s great – it’s quite a drive and we require a 1 week hotel stay afterwards, but perhaps they think it’s worth it, and if they do come, we will definitely make it worth it.  All the patients and their families that have stayed in Modesto for a week after their surgery think, like we do, that Modesto is a great place.

Christopher Columbus landed in America in 1492 and we landed in Modesto in 2003.  There are plenty of strange places in this world to explore and Modesto is our home now.

Where are you from?

No, we really are not from outer space.  At least we don’t think so.  I’m (Dr. Calvin Lee) from New York.  I was born in Queens New York.  Dr. Tammy Wu was born in Taipei Taiwan, then came to boarding school in what used to be known as Georgia Military Academy – later named for one of the most influential US generals, Woodward Academy.  Then we eventually met at Brown University in 1989.  Brown University is in Providence, Rhode Island, part of the New England area of the United States.

I can’t believe you read all the way down here!

Or did you just skip a whole bunch of stuff in the middle.  Perhaps Dr. Tammy Wu is right, our rich academic history doesn’t matter, our “results should speak for themselves.”  I think it’s also good practice to admit that the wife is right.

We have the highest educational background one could wish for – so we’re thankful for that, and we hope to pass on our educational royalty on to our patients.

Contact us: (209) 551-1888 www.SurgeryToday.com

Side note: Surgery Today is actually a international surgery journal.  However I got to the domain name first way back in the 1990’s, so I’m using it for myself.  I had no idea that there was a journal named Surgery Today.  I just thought it was a good name for our website.


What is the cost of a Tummy Tuck procedure?

How much for that tummy tuck?

We are often asked why there’s a range for the prices for a Tummy Tuck.  There are many variables and we want to charge a fair price for the amount of work which is needed and every patient is different.  Full vs. Mini becomes one of the reasons for a price range differential.  Plus the duration of the surgery becomes another variable.  Thus it isn’t like buying a one-size fits all product.

We are located in Central Valley, California, specifically Modesto, CA.  Our fees for the tummy tucks which includes the Surgeons Fee, Anesthesia Fee, and Hospital Fees usually range from $6000 to $10,000.  We have occasionally seen less and have also seen more for our own patients.  Dr. Tammy Wu is a board certified plastic surgeon.  We have seen tummy tucks advertised by other specialties, we however, feel that a board certified plastic surgeon offers the best training and experience for a tummy tuck procedure.

National Average Surgeon’s Fee for Tummy Tuck

According to ASPS (Dr. Tammy Wu is a member), the national average surgeon’s fee for a tummy tuck in 2012 was $5,241.  This does not include the anesthesia or operating room fees.

The cost of a tummy tuck surgery involves these components:

  • Plastic Surgeon’s Fee
  • Hospital (facility) Costs
  • Anesthesia Costs
  • Prescription costs or medicine costs
  • Post Surgery Compressive Garments
  • Medical Tests
  • Optional Pain Pump
  • Optional stay at the hospital (inpatient instead of outpatient procedure)

There may be other fees in involved, but for the most part, the above lists covers it.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888

Office in Modesto, California, USA

Located next to the Post office on Sylvan Ave.  Nearest cross street is Oakdale Road.

This is our old office. Located next to the Post office on Sylvan Ave. Nearest cross street is Oakdale Road. Our new office is on Dale Road (4754 Dale Road) in Modesto.

The picture of our office and Sylvan location is out of date.  We are no longer on Sylvan Ave.  We moved to 4754 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356.

We specialize in Tummy Tuck surgeries and we are providing this educational resource about Tummy Tucks.  Abdominoplasties is another name for Tummy Tuck.  Dr. Tammy Wu is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing Plastic Surgery in Modesto, CA since 2003.  This office building has been in place since 2006.  There is ample free parking space around this structure.  Please use door #C for your entrance.  Click on the picture above for a larger view.

Currently we do our abdominoplasties at hospitals and not at an office based surgery center.  We use fully trained anesthesiologists to put you to sleep for your cosmetic abdomen surgery, and we put them in charge of keeping you comfortable and safe throughout your surgery.  And Dr. Tammy Wu and her assistants concentrate on performing your tummy tuck.

Call Us to consider Tummy Tuck: (209) 551-1888
or visit us on the web www.SurgeryToday.com

Our address: 4754 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888


Happy with Breast Reduction from Tammy Wu, MD

a review from C.A  in Modesto, CA on 12/30/12.

“I just had breast reduction surgery two weeks ago with Dr. Tammy Wu of Surgical Artistry in Modesto, CA. Dr. Wu and everyone that I have had any contact with at Surgical Artistry have been highly professional, encouraging and genuine in their concern for their patients. I first met with Dr. Wu about a year ago and immediately knew she was the right surgeon for my procedure. I had suffered from upper back and neck pain for years but always let the fear of surgery keep me from having the corrective procedure that would help. She eased my fears with what I found to be a highly skilled professional that took time to give me a very thorough view of expectations both of the surgical experience and the realistic outcome that would result from the procedure. She listened to me and not only relieved me of the weight causing strain but used procedures that resulted in a very improved cosmetic appearance. Her high level training and skill as a surgeon, combined with her very warm demeanor, makes her a uniquely wonderful doctor. I can’t say enough good about her and the practice at Surgical Artistry. I would recommend her to any family member or friend. Thank you Dr. Wu !!!!!!”

Angie’s List Review for Dr. Tammy Wu regarding Breast Reduction


Angie’s List wrote us email to tell us that we got this review (thank you very much – we are not members of Angie’s List, but I guess people could still write reviews on us):

“I saw Dr. Wu for a breast reduction and lift following a large weight loss. Dr. Wu was very easy to talk to and explained all the risks and benefits to me in detail. She also was not put off by the amount of online research I had done into the various procedures and techniques, in fact she seemed pleased that I had done my homework and could ask intelligent questions. When I was adamant about nipple placement, she made sure I was really aware of the look I would be receiving and was sweet enough to tell me afterward that I was right in being so persistent, as they look great , even now after 5+ years and -30 more pounds.

If I had the money to “fix” some of my other problems right now, I would go back to her in a heartbeat. She is expensive, but very much inline with what is being charged in the area for similar procedures. Dr. Wu is very busy, so if you even think you want to see her, make the appointment now, as she gets booked up to months in advance.”

Happy with Breast Reduction with Dr. Tammy Wu, response to above review

a facebook comment from JD 11/14/12 in response to the review above

While this isn’t my story (see above), my encounter was very similar. When my insurance would not pay for my reduction, I worked a lot of OT and paid cash, and I’m glad I did because I was able to choose who did my procedure. I knew I wanted the ONLY PS in the area that I hadn’t heard ANY negative feedback about – Dr. Wu. She truly is a treasure to our valley.


Spanish Review of Tummy Tuck Surgery

4-29-10 from Mrs. P

Estimada Dra. Tammy Wu & Staff

Sólo quiero decir muchas gracias por hacer de mi cirugía una experiencia tan agradable! Realmente fue mucho más fácil de lo que esperaba debido a que te transmite mucha confianza y seguridad en la calidad de su trabajo y mis resultados son aún mejores de lo que crei! Dr. Wu es realmente una doctora talentosa y muy minuciosa en el desarrollo de su procedimiento de trabajo;incluso la considero la única cirujana capaz de realizar un gran cambio excelente en tu fisico; es por eso que la recomiendo a toda mi familia y amigos hispanos . Muchas gracias por todo.

Mrs. P


English translation:

Dear Dr. Tammy Wu & Staff

I just wanted to say thank you so much for making my surgery experience so pleasant! It really was a lot easier than I was anticipating and my results are even better than expected! Dr. Wu, you are a very meticulous and talented doctor and consider you to be a very capable surgeon. You have done excellent job transforming my body. I am so pleased, that I am recommending you to my family and Hispanic friends in the community. Thank you so much for all ..

Mrs. P

Happy with Tummy Tuck and Eye Lid Surgery with Dr. Tammy Wu

a review from S. 2/27/10

I’ve visited several plastic surgeons in my life. I have to say that I am most impressed with Dr. Tammy Wu. I had two completely different plastic surgeries with her. She did my revision tummy tuck and a second staged procedure to touch up the corners of the tummy tuck. I’m now extremely proud of my body. The she also worked on my eyes (my lids were sagging) – scars are completely invisible – just perfect cosmetically! and the Latisse (lash growing drug) adds to the finishing touch. I only have the best things to say about Dr. Wu. I LOVE the compliments I get every day and I hope to send a TON of patients to Dr. Wu.

Comparisons to other plastic surgeons

Anonymous review 8/16/2007

Wonderful. I am very pleased. Knowledgeable staff. The best plastic surgeon I’ve met. I’ve had serial plastic surgery done and have had comparisons. You won’t go wrong with Dr. Tammy Wu.

Acupuncture Review of Dr. Calvin Lee

a review from SB in Modesto, CA 10/20/10

I was actually referred to Dr. Lee for a throat problem and was skeptical as I was not familiar with acupuncture.  He took the time to sit and talk with me about my problems and concerns and felt he could help me. As fate would have it, I mentioned that I had been having hip and leg pain for 5-6 weeks (probably siatica) and had been to a chiropractor 5 or 6 times without much relief.  He gave me my first treatment, which was really painless, left me to relax in a calm atmosphere for about 20 mins.  That was on a Tuesday.  The following Thursday morning, I got up and realized I barely had a twinge in the hip and leg that had been killing me for weeks.  It had to be the treatment I had just received. I returned for other treatments and have had no more hip or leg pain.  Unfortunately, the treatments may have helped some but have not really resolved the problems I am having.  His staff is very friendly. He is very easy to talk to.  Even though he is an out of service provider for us, I continue to go to him for treatments.  Highly recommend.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.   www.SurgeryToday.com (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888