Shipley Cardiothoracic Center at HealthPark Medical Center

Center Information

Jane Wernow RN, MSN, CCRP
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Research Coordinator
Shipley Cardiothoracic Center at HealthPark Medical Center
9981 S. HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-343-5535 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Genetic Disease

Center Overview

Located at HealthPark Medical Center, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center provides a contemporary approach to the surgical treatment of the heart and lungs. Lee Health System has been caring for patients in Southwest Florida for 100 years and providing state-of-the-art cardiothoracic surgery for more than 40 years. Founded in 2014 from a generous grant, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center delivers programs of innovation, education and research to the patients we serve through collaborative partnerships with referring physicians, industry, community leaders and CROs.

Performance Metrics

EDC Capabilities: Yes

ACRP Certifications

Clinical Research Experience

  • Lee Health System Internal Review Committee meets monthly.
  • Lee Health System has been conducting research for 20 years.
  • Shipley has been conducting research since 2014 with CRO data scorecard compliance of 99.48% with IDE protocol.
  • List of Sponsors/CROs:
  • Medtronic
  • AtriCure
  • NephroCheck
  • Facility Description

    HealthPark Medical Center - 415 bed hospital ranked in the top 100 of cardiology hospitals in the United States. The surgeons clinic is located within the medical center. Clinic is offered five days/week.

    Surgical services include:

    • 14 operating rooms (5 designated open heart operating rooms)
    • 2 special procedure/hybrid operating rooms
    • TAVR volumes: 10% annual growth
    • General thoracic volumes: 17% growth

    Investigator Experience

    Our group of surgeons and staff have a long standing reputation as a minimally invasive center of excellence. Beginning more than 10 years ago with minimally invasive valve surgery, our experience has expanded to include robotic heart surgery, transcatheter valve therapies and hybrid surgical programs.


    1. Dr. Randall Buss, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    2. Dr. Michael DeFrain, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    3. Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    4. Dr. Brian Hummel, M.D., F.A.C.S.

    Staff Expertise

    Jane Wernow RN, MSN, CCRP - Clinical Specialist, Study Coordinator for Shipley Cardiothoracic Center. SOCRA Certified.

    Former employment includes 25+ years experience for the device industry as a clinical applications specialist , to include clinical research, research monitoring and support of surgical device cases.

    All staff members of Shipley Cardiothoracic Center are GCP and Human Subjects certified.

    Patient Demographics

    Patient population includes male and female 18 years and above.

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