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Dr. Lee joins the Dignity Health team from private practice. After completing his undergraduate education in chemistry at Stanford University, he attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He returned to Stanford for his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology Fellowship and spent an additional year training with Dr. Geoffrey Hartzler, a pioneer in interventional cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. Dr. Lee started his cardiology practice in Bakersfield in 1990 and has been a leader in the medical staff since then. He is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, the Principal Investigator in numerous cardiovascular research projects conducted through the Central California Heart Institute, and the Course Director for the Annual Update in Cardiology Symposium in Bakersfield. Interventional cardiology fellows travel from UCLA to work with Dr. Lee and his colleagues at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital as part of their training.
While Dr. Lee is well-known in Bakersfield for his compassion and skills in cardiovascular medicine, he is equally passionate on the ice as his favorite sport is Ice Hockey. On most weekends, you can find him at the local rink, skating and sometimes even scoring. When not on the ice, he is looking for the steepest slopes on Mammoth Mountain with his snowboard. He and his wife Barbara are active in the local church and were presented with the Pusateri Service Award in 2014 from Catholic Charities. Dr. Lee immigrated to the United States with his family from Hong Kong at the age of seven and he is fluent in Cantonese.
Dr. Lee is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology. He believes the best care is provided when the doctor manages the patient through the entire illness. He sees patients in the office, hospital, and performs the indicated procedures in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
Click here to listen to Dr. Lee discuss COVID-19 and its effects on the heart on Dignity Heath’s Hello Healthy Podcast.
Dr. Armando Gonzalez received his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his residency, internship and fellowship at the University of Southern California. Dr. Gonzalez was in private practice in Los Angeles and Texas before joining Kaiser Bakersfield in 2007. He joined Golden Empire Cardiology in 2018 where he continues to serve the Bakersfield community in their cardiovascular needs. Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology and Cardiac CT. He is married with two children.
Dr. Roberts specializes in management of heart rhythm disorders. He is a board-certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist. He is also board-certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Adult Echocardiography, and Internal Medicine. Dr. Roberts is trained to perform complex ablations for arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (Afib), supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and ventricular tachycardia (VT). He also implants cardiac electronic devices to manage patients with conduction system disease or who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac devices that he implants and manages include: traditional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, subcutaneous defibrillators, and biventricular devices.
Dr. Roberts is a Bakersfield native, a CSUB graduate, and a decorated combat veteran. During his active duty time with the US Army he served as an Internal Medicine provider caring for active duty service members, veterans, and their families. He was also deployed in the role of Battalion Surgeon to an austere outpost in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Dr. Roberts is a firm believer in a “lifestyle as medicine” approach and often recommends regular exercise, heart healthy diets, and weight loss to his arrhythmia patients. Following his military service, he pursued additional training in Cardiology at the UCSF-Fresno Medical Education program. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Electrophysiology fellowship program where he learned from experts in his field (including several of the ACC/AHA guideline committee authors for SVT, VT, and Afib). After being away from Bakersfield for 16 years, he is excited to return home to care for the people (and hearts) of the Central Valley.
Click here to listen to Dr. Roberts discuss hearth rhythm disorders and treatment options on Dignity Health’s Hello Healthy Podcast.
Dr. Thompson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans. While at the Scripps Clinic, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, as well as a fellowship in Structural Heart Disease and Peripheral Vascular Interventions, receiving an additional year of formal training in transcatheter aortic valve replacement, Watchman left atrial appendage closure, ASD/PFO closure, mitral valve repair and peripheral vascular interventions. He is a past fellow-in-training member of the Interventional Scientific Council for the American College of Cardiology and is a current member of the Interventional Writing Group for the College. A native of the San Joaquin Valley, he enjoys backpacking, writing music, studying history and contemporary California art.
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