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C.C. Lee
Patient Rating
4.5 / 5 (Based on 41 Reviews)

C.C. Lee, MD, FACS

Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Open Heart Surgery, and Vascular Surgery

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with C.C. Lee, please call 319-861-7200

Areas of Interest

Dr. Lee specializes in coronary bypass, heart valve, atrial fibrillation, open and endovascular aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular and endovascular surgeries, lung and mediastinal surgery, as well as vein therapy. Additional interests include interpretation of non-invasive vascular studies and initiating, developing and maintaining cardiovascular and thoracic surgery programming.

Year began practicing: 1995

Year joined staff: 2017

Year began practicing in specialty: 1995

Education and Training


Medical College of Virginia, Doctor of Medicine


George Washington University Hospitals, General Surgery, Senior Surgical Resident, Chief Resident in General/Vascular Surgery
University of Buffalo Hospitals, Chief Resident Cardiothoracic Surgery


Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Research Fellow in Cardiac Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Society of Vascular Surgery
  • Society of Midwestern Vascular Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Korean American Medical Association
  • American Association for Physician Leadership

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2019 Nominee for Mentor/Educator award, one of Mercy's Annual Provider Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical College of Virginia
  • Sigma Zeta Honorary Science Society
    Medical College of Virginia


Board Certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Personal Interests

Dr. Lee enjoys family gatherings and appreciates every moment spent with his wife and three children.

Additional Information

Mercy Medical Center welcomes C.C. Lee, MD, FACS, as Medical Director of Mercy’s Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Services to lead the progression of its open heart surgery program.

Dr. Lee 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.

Through diverse heart surgery experiences, Dr. Lee initiated, developed and maintained a state-of-the-art cardiovascular and thoracic surgery program. He launched an open heart program in Wisconsin, immediately developing it into one achieving stellar marks for quality measurements that far surpass national averages.

In addition to minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve therapies, Dr. Lee brings new procedures to the Cedar Rapids community, including surgical atrial fibrillation, complex aortic pathologies and robotic thoracic surgery, among others.

“I’m hopeful my experience will help build on the foundation of the comprehensive and strong heart program already in place at Mercy,” said Dr. Lee.

Dr. Lee sees patients at the Mercy Cardiothoracic & Vascular Clinic on the fourth floor of the 8th & 8th Medical Park building.

Read a profile on Dr. Lee from The Gazette, March 28, 2017. (PDF)

Patient Reviews

June 07, 2022
My original appt was with Jerud Cozine, ARNP and Dr Chong Lee. The Nurse called me and said they needed to reschedule my appt with just Dr Lee. Before my appt the nurse called and wanted me to come in a bit earlier, at 12:15pm because Dr Lee was in a surgical procedure and said he would be free then. I got to my appt on time to only sit in their waiting room for 2 1/2 hours!! I was not happy. Then when the nurse came to get me, she took me to a conference room NOT an exam room!! I sat their about 15 minutes, when Dr Lee came in he said, "Let me take a look at your leg", so I pulled my pants leg up, he said "you have Cellulitis and prescribed *IDENTIFICATION* 3 times per day for 10 days!! I told him I just got done taking an antibiotic for Cellulitis. As he was walking out of the room, I told him "I have May-Thurner Syndrome in my Left Leg with a stent placement in my Left Iliac Vein. Dr Lee said "That's what is causing your Cellulitis, and he could a surgery in the Groin area, if needed!! Then he left. I was NOT happy!!
May 09, 2022
January 08, 2021
really appreciated the info and especially including our family via conference call from my phone
October 12, 2020
EXCELLENT experience!
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Provider's Contact Information

Mercy Cardiothoracic & Vascular Clinic website


Patient Stories

"Mercy marks a first: CR Hospital launches open heart surgery program" (PDF) from The Gazette, Nov. 14, 2017.