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Leaders in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Shipley Cardiothoracic Surgeons From Left to Right: Paul DiGiorgi, MD; David Cervantes, MD; Randall Buss, MD; Michael DeFrain, MDShipley Cardiothoracic Surgeons (From Left to Right: Paul DiGiorgi, MD; David Cervantes, MD PHD; Randall Buss, MD; Michael DeFrain, MD)

The Premier Location for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Located at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, FL, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center takes a revolutionary approach to improving healthcare in Southwest Florida. Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is the second-largest program in the state of Florida performing over 1,500 surgical cases annually. We are nationally recognized as an IBM Watson Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, and the only program in FL to receive this recognition for four consecutive years.

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Clinical Excellence

Our group has a long-standing reputation as a minimally invasive center of excellence. Beginning with valve surgery more than 10 years ago, our program has expanded to include robotic heart surgery, transcatheter valve repair and replacement and hybrid surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

We have developed unique working relationships with our referring physicians along with multidisciplinary treatment programs for valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation. Our volume continues to grow as the demographics of our area evolve.

But despite the growing volume, we have enhanced our quality and value metrics, increased educational opportunities, and expanded our concierge service for our patients. These efforts have resulted in increased cost savings and improved patient experiences.

Our Surgeons and Clinical Team

We invite you to learn more about our award-winning surgeons, who are not only highly skilled but also passionate about what they do.

Our care team is integral to your health


  • Kandy Dewitt, RN, BSN, MPA, CNOR

Advanced Providers

  • Joe Deily, PA-C
  • Jennifer Delong, APRN
  • Mike DePalma, PA-C
  • Dorene McCoy, APRN
  • Patrick Mora, PA-C
  • Catherine Murtagh-Schaffer, PA-C
  • Andrea Prewitt-Berecz, PA-C
  • Tyler Reed, PA-C
  • Nalani Yaeger, APRN
  • Carmen Ursitti, APRN

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is helping to shape the future of heart and lung surgery by spearheading cutting-edge research, advancing new surgical techniques, and providing outstanding training to surgical teams worldwide.

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Donor dollars saving lives

Much of Shipley Cardiothoracic Center's success is due to generous donations and philanthropy that have helped further our mission of providing the finest possible cardiac care. We are committed to using donations to fund positions and purchase equipment true to donor intent. As Shipley grows and patient volumes increase, so will the need for ongoing financial support. Our partnership with Lee Health Foundation allows us to create awareness of the need for philanthropic dollars for programs that will impact our community now and well into the future.

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