Blake Medical Center
December 08, 2021

Blake Medical Center is pleased to announce the hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) R. Lee Biggs, DO, MPH, CPE, FACOG. Dr. Biggs joined the hospital Monday, December 6.

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Biggs to our Blake family. His strong foundation of quality and clinical excellence, vision, and leadership will be tremendous assets to our collective work in providing the very best possible care for those we are privileged to serve,” says Steve Nierman, CEO and President of Blake Medical Center. 

Before joining Blake, Dr. Biggs served as the CMO of Trident Health in Charleston, South Carolina in HCA Healthcare’s South Atlantic Division. Prior to Trident Health, he served as CMO for HCA Healthcare’s Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Indiana.   

“Dr. Briggs is a well-respected physician executive with a strong track record of partnering with other physicians and caregivers to deliver superior patient care,” explains Sebastian Strom, MD, MBA, FACHE, HCA Healthcare West Florida Division CMO. “We are excited that he is joining our leadership team at Blake Medical Center.”

Dr. Biggs is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and had a 26-year career as a Captain in the U.S. Navy and practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist before joining HCA Healthcare. While in the Navy, he had assignments at sea and tours of duty in Italy, Virginia, South Carolina, Afghanistan, Guam, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

He attained his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from George Washington University, and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Dr. Biggs has maintained professional certification with the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (FACOG) and the American Association for Physician Leadership/American College of Physician Executives (CPE).

In his clinical and leadership roles he has served as a Chief Clinical Officer, Medical Staff President, Director for Surgical Services, and Department Chair of Obstetrics. He has championed and led innovation in physician development, process improvement, quality, and patient safety. In 2010, he received the Department of Defense Patient Safety Award for advances in Obstetrical and Team-Centered Care.

Dr. Biggs recently relocated to the Bradenton area with his wife Marie and their 12-year-old Airedale Terrier Aires. He and Marie have a son Sean who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a daughter Laura completing college at the University of California – San Diego.

Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, Level II Trauma Center and one of only six designated Burn Center programs in the state.  The hospital serves patients in Manatee County and along Florida’s West Coast with an array of services including a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Heart and Vascular Center, Complex Hand Repair and Microsurgery program, and Joint Replacement and Spine Center.  The hospital’s Graduate Medical Education includes Internal Medicine Residency and Transitional Year programs.