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David Cervantes, MD

Accepting New Patients



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.

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):

Board Eligible - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Graduate School:

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