C. Lee Jackson, M.D.
Dr. Lee Jackson is prostate cancer surgeon with CHI Memorial Robotics for Prostate Cancer. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then completed a general surgery internship and residency, urology residency and renal transplantation and renovascular surgery fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Jackson is board certified in urology and specializes in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci Surgical System.
“We pass very small instruments, literally the size of a match head, through puncture wounds rather than incisions. My fingers and hands fit into straps, and as I then make the motions of an operation these little instruments mimic those motions and carry out the operation without me ever touching the patient,” says Dr. Jackson. “If you can reduce a person’s recovery safety and effectively and allow them to get back to normal activity as quickly as possible – that’s the main advantage of this technology.”
Jeffrey K. Mullins, M.D.
Dr. Mullins is urologist with CHI Memorial Chattanooga Urology Associates. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in urologic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also completed a research fellowship in urology and a fellowship in endourology. Dr. Mullins is board certified in urology and specializes in minimally invasive surgery for urologic conditions, removal of the adrenal glands and bladder, and treatment of kidney stones.
“It’s important to have a wide range of options available to consider when approaching any urologic surgery. This range of tools means we can customize our approach to the specific needs of the individual,” says Dr. Mullins. “Although certain disease states and tumors must addressed through an open approach, minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery, is a great choice for many patients because of the reduced pain, surgical complications and recovery time.”
William M. Young, M.D.
Dr. Young attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. He completed an internship and residency training in urology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is a board certified urologist with CHI Memorial Chattanooga Urology Associates, and was the first to offer laparoscopic nephrectomy in Chattanooga.
“There are certain procedures where the da Vinci Surgical System offers clear advantages – like robotic pyeloplasty for reconstruction of obstructions in the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ), the space where the kidney meets the ureter. The tight space is perfectly suited for the small instrumentation the robot provides,” says Dr. Young. “It’s important to me to have the latest tools available for my patients, and robotic surgery is just one of the tools I use in my practice to manage urologic problems. My approach is to choose the best surgical technique and customize the procedure based on an individual’s specific needs.”