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Shipley Center to Provide Scholarships to FGCU Bioengineering Students

From Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center

At Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, we have a mission of promoting innovation, education and research within the Southwest Florida community.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that the Shipley Scholars program is donating $150,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University to support bioengineering students. The funds will be dispersed through the Lee Health Foundation over a period of three years, at $50,000 a year through student scholarships.

Our donation will be used to support FGCU bioengineering students in their junior and senior years. In addition to student scholarships, the funds will also be used to support the students’ professional development through conferences, travel, internships and other opportunities. The goal is to engage the students in the research, clinical delivery and community engagement that the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center participates in throughout the year.

FGCU is such an important community partner, and we are pleased to be able to provide this donation, which will create the Shipley Center Scholars Program Fund. We hope to gain insight from the students as they conduct research, gather data, observe cases, etc., while also hoping to inspire the students to continue in biomedical engineering careers and learn from the surgeons here.

The Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is Lee Health’s cardiothoracic surgery program. It’s the largest program in the region performing over 1,600 surgical cases annually. The Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is located within HealthPark Medical Center, which is recognized as an IBM Watson Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital. HealthPark is the only hospital in Florida to receive this recognition for four consecutive years.

In addition to providing high-quality care, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is dedicated to serving the community through partnerships with numerous local groups and organizations to bring awareness and education to the Southwest Florida region. The Shipley Cardiothoracic Center has had a long-standing partnership with FGCU that includes various educational projects and collaborative efforts with the university’s software engineering and bioengineering students, including an internship program called the Shipley Center Scholars.

To learn more about the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, visit On the HeartBeats section, you can listen to the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center’s podcast on the scholarship and other topics.

You can also visit for information on how to support this program.