Dr. Lee honored as ‘Faculty of the Year’

Special to the WJH General Surgeon Sigismund Lee, MD,  was named “Faculty of the Year” by the two doctors who just completed their residency at Memorial Satilla Health, Dr. William M. Cantrell and Dr. Sonya J. Chelliah. Both doctors recently completed their last two years of residency at the hospital through the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, which sponsors the Family Medicine Rural Residency Program. Since the hospital’s first class of graduating residents in 2000, the residency program has a tradition of honoring one physician per year. The senior residents select a specialty physician who has gone above and beyond the responsibilities of a supervising physician. The honored individual teaches more than just medicine and shows an avid interest in the residents’ future plans. Sharon Fulford, residency program coordinator, explained the honored physician shares knowledge about topics such as physician challenges, contract negotiations, career advancement, short- and long-term goals and work-life balance. “Aside from an utter lack of photogenics, I find myself the recipient of such an esteemed honor of ‘Faculty of the Year.’ Passing down the knowledge and certainly the art of medicine gives the physicians of our community purpose beyond our role in healthcare and being able to influence the minds of the next generation of doctors is a privilege unto itself,” said Lee. “I recall when we were novices as well, recipients of important wisdom, even mentored by the very staff that practices at our hospital this day.” Lee is a board certified general surgeon and the current president of the medical staff at Memorial Satilla Health. He completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his internship and residency in Atlanta “My path through medicine has been a difficult one, often with lessons taught beyond the walls of a lecture hall through tough experiences and struggles that I hope to help the residents avoid in turn to focus on the positive aspects of our craft,” Lee said. “The medical staff wishes the graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors and certainly prepare for the next class to join their ranks.” Memorial Satilla Health is a mission-driven, community-based health system with a 231-bed full-service hospital. Our tradition of care began more than six decades ago and continues today with more than 600 employees, physicians and volunteers. The hospital serves as regional referral center for more than 185,000 residents across nine counties in Southeast Georgia. Key services include a very busy ER where we treat more than 38,000 emergencies each year; our Heart, Cancer, Surgery, Rehabilitation, Sleep and Birthing Centers with specialists trained specifically for these needs; and an extensive Mental Health program for senior adults and those suffering with memory loss.  

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