Mercy Medical Center hires cardiothoracic surgeon

With the recent approval of Mercy Medical Center’s Certificate of Need (CON) application for an open heart surgery program, Mercy is announcing the addition of CC Lee, M.D., as the medical director of Mercy’s Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Services.

In his previous work, Dr. Lee initiated, developed and maintained a state-of-the-art, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery program. In addition to minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve therapies, he will bring new procedures to the community, including surgical atrial fibrillation, complex aortic pathologies and robotic thoracic surgery, among others.

“We are thrilled to welcome a surgeon with Dr. Lee’s background and experience,” Dr. Timothy Quinn, Mercy’s chief clinical officer, stated in a press release. “As the hospital that treats the most heart patients from Linn County, we are continually looking for ways to bring innovative care to our patients, and Dr. Lee is the perfect leader to help us continue toward that goal.”

Most recently, Dr. Lee was lead cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at the Eastern Division of Marshfield Clinic in Wausau, Wisconsin. He launched an open heart program in Weston, Wisconsin, immediately developing the program into one achieving stellar marks for quality measurements that far surpass national averages.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed multiple residencies at George Washington University Hospitals, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and University of Buffalo Hospitals, where he was the chief resident for cardiothoracic surgery.

His interests include coronary bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, atrial fibrillation surgery, open and endovascular aortic aneurysm surgery, peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery, lung and mediastinal surgery and vein therapy.

Starting in June, Dr. Lee will begin seeing patients at the Mercy Cardiothoracic & Vascular Clinic on the fourth floor of the 8th & 8th Medical Park building next to Mercy at 788 Eighth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.