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Dr. K. Adam Lee

Dr. K. Adam Lee

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Adam Lee is the director of the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center of Excellence at the Jupiter Medical Center. He manages cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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About K. Adam Lee

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    Mesothelioma Pioneer

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    Robotic Surgery

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    Minimally Invasive Surgery

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    Pleural Mesothelioma

Lee oversees the top comprehensive program in the area dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care of patients with diseases of the lungs and the chest.

He has been a national pioneer in advancing minimally invasive thoracic surgery, utilizing and teaching others about the benefits of robotics in treating lung cancer and other malignancies of the chest.

His specialties include the robotic lobectomy for lung cancer and minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer and mediastinal disease.

Joined Jupiter Medical Center in 2011

Lee previously served as medical director of thoracic surgery and chief of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Institute in Annapolis, Maryland.

He joined the Jupiter Medical Center in 2011 and became the first physician in Florida to perform robotic-assisted thoracic surgery. He was one of the earliest to do a video-assisted thorascopic lobectomy.

His lung program in Jupiter is part of the Foshay Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission and American College of Radiology.

It includes a multidisciplinary thoracic clinic, a CT lung screening program, a lung nodule clinic and advanced imaging services.

The innovative use of robotics, which he first brought to South Florida, has helped make the Jupiter Medical Center a national leader.

The clinical research department at Jupiter is aligned with the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Believer in Multidisciplinary Approach

Although his work as a surgeon is critical, Lee is a strong believer in the multidisciplinary approach to treatment that can include radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for patients with mesothelioma.

Lee received his degree from New York Medical College. His residency in general surgery came from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He also did a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Massachusetts. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester.

Lee is a proponent of low-dose CT screening for those at risk for lung cancer, which is easier to treat if detected in the early stages.

The screening also is often advised for those with extensive occupational exposure to asbestos, which creates a higher risk for lung cancer when combined with smoking.

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Last Modified August 4, 2020

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