Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Surgery (Board Certified)
Cancer Care
Office Phone: (212) 342-1155


Steven Lee-Kong, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, is trained in all aspects of colon and rectal surgery. With a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, he is the only surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia trained to perform robotic colorectal surgery, and he is responsible for evaluating and adopting new technologies for use in the Colorectal Surgery Division.

Dr. Lee-Kong is also highly trained in advanced surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has performed a high volume of surgeries on patients with Crohn’s disease, many of whom require removal of the colon, rectum, or anus.

Dr. Lee-Kong completed almost all of his medical and surgical education at NYP/Columbia, including his medical degree in 2004 and residency in general surgery (2004 to 2011. He completed a research fellowship in colorectal surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 2007-2009, where he studied rectal cancer and hypoxia and early-age-of-onset colorectal cancer. After completing general surgery residency, he completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at a joint program between Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Amida Care

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]


Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Local 1199


Medicaid [NY]

Medicare [Medicare, Railroad]


Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


  • Lee-Kong S, Feingold D. The history of minimally invasive surgery. Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2013;24(1):3-6.
  • Lee-Kong S, Ruby J, Chessin DB, Pucciarelli S, Shia J, Nitti D, Guillem JG. Hypoxia-related proteins in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant combined modality therapy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Sep;55(9):990-995.
  • Guillem J, Lee-Kong S. Autonomic Nerve Preservation During Rectal Cancer Resection. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010;14(2): 416-422.
  • Launch C, Forde K, Lee-Kong S et al. Sessile Right Colon Polyp. The Sages Manual of Strategic Decision Making. Springer, New York. 2008.
  • Steinhagen E, Moore HG, Lee-Kong SA, Shia J, Eaton A, Markowitz AJ, Russo P, Guillem JG. Patients with colorectal and renal cell carcinoma diagnoses appear to be at risk for additional malignancies. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2012 Sep 28. Epub ahead of print.
  • Steinhagen E, Shia J, Markowitz A, Stsadler A, Salo-Mullen E, Zheng J,┬áLee-Kong S, Nash GM, Offit K, Guillem J. Systematic immunohistochemistry Screening for Lynch Syndrome in Early Age-of-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgical Resection. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;214:61-67.
  • Lee-Kong S, Shia J, Markowitz A, Glogowski E, Papadopoulos C, Stadler Z, Weiser MR, Temple LK, Guillem JG. Prospective Immunohistochemical Analysis of Primary Colorectal Cancers for Loss of Mismatch Repair Protein Expression. Clinical Colorectal Cancer. 2010. Oct;9(4): 255-259.
  • Hong A,┬áLee-Kong S, Iida T. Sugimura I, Lilly MA. The p27 cip/kip ortholog dacapo maintains the Drosophila oocyte in prophase of meiosis I. Development. 2003;130:1235-1242.

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Lee-Kong S, Feingold D. Posterior Approach to a Retrorectal Lesion. Video presentation. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Annual Meeting. June 2011. Vancouver, BC
  • "Hypoxia and Rectal Cancer." Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Columbia University Medical Center. June 25, 2009.
  • Lee-Kong S, Chessin D et al. Modulation of Hypoxia-Related Proteins in Rectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Preoperative Combined Modality Therapy. Poster Presentation. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Annual Meeting, May 2009. Hollywood, Florida
  • Lee-Kong S, Shia J, et al. Prospective Immunohistochemical Analysis of Primary Colorectal Cancers for Loss of Mismatch Repair Protein Expression. Poster Presentation. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Annual Meeting, June 2008. Boston, MA.
  • Lee-Kong S, Feingold D et al. Use of an Energy Device is Associated with Longer Specimens in Altemeier Operations. Poster Presentation. American College of Surgeons, Annual Meeting. October 2009. Chicago, Illinois.

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC