“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.
This physician is a member of MemorialCare Physician Society which drives clinical outcomes and performance for MemorialCare Health System.
This physician uses an electronic medical record system.
This physician uses myMemorialCare to access and store patient health information via the Epic ambulatory electronic medical record system. Patients of this practice may also securely view their health information online via myMemorialCare (MyChart), Epic’s patient portal.
- Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery
Types of Care
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Cardiac Tumor (Atrial Myxoma) Removal
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Congenital Heart Surgery
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Heart Surgery
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Direct CAB Surgery
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Maze Surgery
- da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Surgery