The Comprehensive Robotics and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

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Saddleback Memorial - Laguna Hills
Featured speaker:

Jeffrey D. Lee, MD

Medical Director, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Saddleback Memorial
  • Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery

“I chose to become a cardiothoracic surgeon because I wanted a career where I could help my fellow man in the most significant way possible. I always consider what is best for my patients and work collaboratively with them and their families to ensure they get the best care possible. My primary goal is to help them regain the energy and long-term health they desire.”

Dr. Lee grew up in New York and credits his hard-working parents for instilling in him his desire to help others and his work ethic.  He honors them by caring for all his patients as if they were his own parents.

Dr. Lee is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in 1996. After completing his residency programs, Dr. Lee moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. In Honolulu, he served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, and had a successful private practice performing cardiothoracic surgery for over 13 years. In addition, he served in major leadership positions, which included Vice Chairman of Surgery and Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  He has performed over 2,000 open heart surgeries.

In 2011, Dr. Lee decided to intensively pursue his lifelong passion for less invasive approaches to heart and vascular surgery. He completed an advanced clinical fellowship in endovascular surgery in Illinois, a robotic coronary artery bypass surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland, and a robotic and minimally invasive heart valve surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. His special interests include robotic and minimally invasive coronary, heart valve, and arrhythmia surgery. He is an avid enthusiast in physical fitness and healthy eating.

Podcast Summary

When you need cardiac surgery, robotic and minimally invasive surgery is often an option.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Lee explains the broad range of less invasive options now available to qualifying patients requiring heart bypass, heart valve, or aortic aneurysm surgery.