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Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Lee Health

Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA

Dr. Scott Nygaard serves as Chief Operating Officer for Lee Health. In his role, Dr. Nygaard is responsible for all clinical operations throughout the health system, including all hospitals, ambulatory, post-acute and ancillary services. Dr. Nygaard joined Lee Health in 2010 as the Chief Medical Officer for Lee Physician Group. He was later promoted to Chief Medical Officer for the health system and then Chief Medical and Clinical Integration Officer. During his time at Lee Health, Dr. Nygaard has spearheaded several key initiatives, including the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the community.

Professional Experience

Before joining Lee Health, Dr. Nygaard served as the senior vice president for Corporate Services at Via Christi Health System in Wichita, Kan., where he had responsibility for Human Resources, Supply Chain, Quality, Outreach Services, Legal Services, Compliance, Information Technology and physician relations. He also served at Affinity Health System in Appleton, Wis., where he served as the CMO responsible for Affinity Medical Group (a 230-physician multispecialty group practice), community physician relations and medical management for Network Health Plan.

Dr. Nygaard graduated from the University of Iowa, where he completed training in internal medicine in 1990 and completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine in 1993.


Dr. Nygaard is a Minnesota native who received his Bachelor of Science from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and graduated in 1987. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, in 2004.