Lee Health Bolsters Innovative Robotics Program with New Medical Director

March 7, 2022 – As Lee Health continues to grow its robotic-assisted surgery program – which features the most advanced technology in the field of robotic surgery – the health system is announcing a new medical director of the innovative program.

Dr. Fia Yi, a leader in the robotics medical field with more than a decade of specialized surgical experience, has been tapped to serve as Lee Health’s medical director of System Robotics Program.

Yi comes to Lee Health from The Colorectal Institute, where she will continue to serve as a colorectal surgeon. Prior to that, Dr. Yi spent several years at Brooke Army Medical Center located in San Antonio, Texas, as the Chief of Colorectal Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Yi was appointed as the Colorectal Surgery Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force from 2018-2020. She completed her time in service as a Lieutenant Colonel.

In her new role, Yi will be responsible for Lee Health’s robotic surgery program, engaging with robotic surgeons to encourage their training and growth in robotic surgery, while determining and implementing best practices to ensure high quality robotic surgery is consistently performed.

“When we decided to expand our already successful robotics program, we knew we would need a dynamic physician leader with exceptional surgical experience,” said Dr. Jonathan Velez, chief physician and operations executive for Gulf Coast Medical Center. “With all of her experience and expertise, Dr. Yi was the perfect choice for this crucial role. I look forward to the program continuing to grow under her leadership. ”

Lee Health’s robotic-assisted surgery program features the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which is designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgeries, such as colorectal surgeries and unique surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, ear nose and throat and general surgery.

Since Lee Health began bolstering its robotics program, the health system has added da Vinci robots to all of its four acute-care hospitals, bringing the total number of machines from two to six.

Dr. Yi began her new role in late January.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.

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