Darrell J. Lee
When Dr. Darrell Lee co-founded Pacific Endoscopy Center to bring quality gastrointestinal care to West O‘ahu, he had no idea it would lead to the creation of Hawai‘i’s largest group of GI centers. Starting with PEC in Pearl City, that group now encompasses three other centers in Honolulu and Hilo.
“We are the largest provider of GI services, and together we provide the best and most advanced GI care in Hawai‘i,” Lee says. Lee’s vision started years ago when he realized there was no full-time GI specialist on the West Side. Worse, the wait time for a routine colonoscopy—the most important tool in detecting and preventing colon cancer—was up to six months. Enter PEC. All its gastroenterologists are board-certified and use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, including the state’s only colonoscope with a 330-degree field of view, nearly double the traditional 170-degree view. Now patients can schedule exams usually within two weeks.
Lee’s commitment to serving the community goes beyond his work. Knowing the importance of selflessness and compassion, Lee and his wife, Cathy, taught their daughter those same values from a young age. Their guidance led to the creation and development of the nonprofit organization Kidz For A Cause, which has raised over $760,000 for various charities on O‘ahu. Additionally, Lee is paving the way for the next generation of local medical professionals: As the first person from our islands to be elected to Creighton University’s Board of Trustees, he is paying it forward with an endowment to help send Hawai‘i students to medical school at the university, ensuring quality care for all on O‘ahu for years to come.