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David Cervantes, MD

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Clinical Interests:

Minimally invasive heart and lung surgery
Robotic heart and lung surgery
Transcatheter valve therapies
On- and off-pump coronary artery bypass
Mitral valve repair and replacement
Aortic valve replacement
Aortic surgery
Atrial fibrillation surgery
Mechanical circulatory support

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Dr. David Cervantes joined Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center from Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he completed a combined residency and fellowship training program, including advanced training in complex cardiac surgery, as well as heart failure and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Cervantes graduated with honors in Biology from the University of Iowa. He subsequently earned his Doctorate (PhD) in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where his research focused on the cell signaling pathways involved in heart failure. He then earned his Medical Degree (MD) from the University of Illinois. 

Dr. Cervantes is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and specializes in general cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive and robotic cardiothoracic surgery, complex cardiac surgery, transcatheter valve therapies, on- and off- pump coronary artery bypass, aortic surgery, and atrial fibrillation surgery. Dr. Cervantes has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in publications such as the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Circulation. 

To practice cardiothoracic surgery is a privilege, honor, and an amazingly rewarding experience. Dr. Cervantes is committed to delivering expert comprehensive, compassionate, and collaborative care to the people of Lee County.

Dr. Cervantes enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and daughter, as well as playing golf, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Meet the Doctor

Education & Training

Medical School:

Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.): University of Illinois College of Medicine Champaign, IL


Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency: Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA

Board Certification(s):

General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Graduate School:

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.): University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Champaign, IL

Patient Reviews

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  • 4.8out of 5 stars

    Explained Things Clearly

  • 4.7out of 5 stars

    Involved in Care Decisions

  • 4.7out of 5 stars

    Spent Enough Time

  • 4.8out of 5 stars

    Listened Carefully

  • 4.8out of 5 stars

    Showed Courtesy & Respect

  • 4.8out of 5 stars

    Likelihood to Recommend

4.8 out of 5 (134 ratings, 52 comments)

  • Feb 7, 2024

    Everyone was sooo nice and relieved my concern for my upcoming [ ].

  • Feb 7, 2024

    Entire staff were very professional keep up the great work

  • Feb 1, 2024

    Along with Dr. Certvantes, the nurse practitioner Carmen and the nurse Brianna were also extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The whole experience was great, starting with the receptionist at the front door and the receptionist who was at the front desk of Shipley.

  • Jan 24, 2024

    Very honest and caring doctor

  • Jan 18, 2024

    The nurses and front desk were both professional and caring. Dr Cervantes was forth coming and professional and has a great staff supporting him.

  • Dec 20, 2023

    He took the time Sunday evening to go look for some of my test results from another facility!

  • Dec 16, 2023

    All the people we came in contact with were "outstanding" !

  • Dec 13, 2023

    Great group everyone was very friendly and made you feel at ease. Blessed to have them taken care of me

  • Dec 2, 2023

    Everyone was friendly and caring. Suzanne helped me navigate my [ ].

  • Nov 22, 2023

    You are ALL fantastic!!

  • Nov 15, 2023

    The lady at front desk and they had all my info ready I got there

  • Nov 15, 2023

    It was a joy being there with all their kindness.

  • Nov 9, 2023

    The entire experience was excellent, from the receptionist office through the visit with the doctor and his staff. Very professional.

  • Nov 8, 2023

    Everyone was wonderful

  • Nov 4, 2023

    everyone I interacted with was extremely excellent at their job, knowledgeable and friendly.

  • Oct 28, 2023

    They were all very good at explaining procedures in layman terms

  • Oct 26, 2023


  • Oct 26, 2023

    Overall experience was very pleasant

  • Oct 25, 2023

    The receptionist and his P.A.were exceptionally friendly and informed when I asked questions. Dr. Cervantes is great !!!! Intelligent, friendly and he explained all of the system I will be going through, good and sometimes bad.

  • Oct 25, 2023

    The best

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