Sang H Lee, MD

Sang H Lee, MD
Medical Director

Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Regional received recognition as a member of the Healthgrades Top 50 CV programs in the United States. Our full service surgical program includes, but is not limited to – coronary bypass and minimally invasive valve repair/replacement, thoracic and aortic repair, pulmonary surgery, robotic assist, supported by the portable CardioHelp for pre- and post-patient care and transport as needed.  

Physicians at the Forefront of Heart Surgery Technique

Surgery remains a powerful tool for treating malfunctions and diseases of the heart. Regional physicians are on the forefront of new developments in minimally invasive heart surgery and employ new techniques for heart valve replacement.

In years past, the heart-lung bypass machine allowed patients to have life-saving "open heart" surgery with the heart stilled from beating as the surgeon made repairs. Today, new techniques allow the surgeon to make much smaller incisions without dramatically opening the heart - while operating on a beating heart.

The results are a dynamic growth in the alternatives available to a person with cardiovascular disease. The physicians at Regional have been at the forefront of many of these developments and offer patients throughout the region the very latest in safe and effective treatment options, including coronary artery bypass surgery, which can be performed by the traditional method of open-chest surgery or with the newer endoscopic, or minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Techniques used in heart valve surgery have improved in both the safety of surgical technology and in the prosthetic devices used when a heart valve must be replaced.

Health Library Resources

  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive "Mini-Maze" Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

CARDIOHELP Portable Heart-Lung Support System

Regional acquired the smallest, portable total support system which rounds off our heart/lung support.

Heart and Lung Assist Capabilities:

  • Respiratory failure - CARDIOHELP provides the oxygen supply
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) - Adult ECMO
  • Septic shock
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • As stand-by or prophylactic support during high risk Percutaneous Cardiac Interventions
  • As a bridging system (bridge to recovery, bridge to decision, etc.), e. g., for myocarditis, post massive heart attack