Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD, FASCRS

Colon and Rectal Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Surgery (Board Certified)
Cancer Care
Office Phone: (212) 342-1155
One of America's Top Doctors

Biography

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 Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

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

Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]

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]

GHI [PPO]

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

Local 1199

MagnaCare

Medicaid [NY]

Medicare [Railroad]

Multiplan

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

POMCO

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

VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]

Education

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Publications

  • Lee-Kong SA, Lisle D. Surgical management of complicated colon cancer. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2015;28(4):228-233.
  • Lee-Kong SA, Kiran RP. Ongoing challenges and controversies in ulcerative colitis surgery. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Dec 16:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Pasam RT, Murray AC, Lee-Kong SA, Kiran RP. The minimally invasive approach is associated with reduced surgical site infections in obese patients undergoing proctectomy. Tech Coloproctol. 2015;19(12):733-743.
  • Esemuede IO, Murray AC, Lee-Kong SA, Feingold DL, Kiran RP. Obesity, Regardless of Comorbidity, Influences Outcomes After Colorectal Surgery – Time to Rethink the Pay-for-Performance Metrics? J Gastrointest Surg. 2014;18:2163-2168.
  • O’Donoghue JA, Guillem JG, Schoder H, Lee NY, Divgi CR, Ruby JA, Humm JL, Lee-Kong SA, Burnazi EM, Shangde C, Carlin SD, Leibold T, Zanzonico PB, Ling CC. Pilot study of PET imaging of 124I-iodoazomycin galactopyranoside (IAZGP), a putative hypoxia imaging agent, in patients with colorectal and head and neck cancer. EJNMMI Research. 2013;3:42
  • Lee-Kong S, Feingold D. The history of minimally invasive surgery. Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2013;24(1):3-6.
  • 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. 2013;12(1):23-27.
  • 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.
  • Steinhagen E, Shia J, Markowitz A, Stsadler A, Salo-Mullen E, Zheng J, Lee-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.
  • 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.
  • Hong A, Lee-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.

Book Chapters

  • Apakama  C and Lee-Kong SA: Diverticulitis, in Nandakumar G (eds): Textbook of GI and Hepatobiliary Surgery, 1st edition, in press. 
  • Lee-Kong SA, Feingold DF. Basic colonoscopic interventions: cold, hot biopsy techniques, submucosal injection, clip application, snare biopsy. In Advanced colonoscopy and endoluminal surgery. Lee SA, Ross H, Rivadeneira DE, Steele SR, Feingold DF (eds). In press.
  • Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Difficult colonoscopy: tricks and new techniques for getting to the cecum. In Advanced colonoscopy and endoluminal surgery. Lee SA, Ross H, Rivadeneira DE, Steele SR, Feingold DF (eds). In press.
  • Lee-Kong SA and Feingold DL:  Hand-assisted left colectomy, in Ross H, Lee S, Mutch M, Rivadeneira D, Steele S (eds): Minimally Invasive Approaches to Colon and Rectal Disease: Technique and Best Practices, 1st edition, 2015. 
  • Lee-Kong SA and Feingold DL:  Left hemicolectomy hand-assisted laparoscopic (HALS) technique, in Mulholland M, Hughes S, Hawn M, Sabel M, Albo D, Englesbe M, Dalman R (eds): Operative Techniques in Surgery, 1st edition, 2015.
  • Lee-Kong SA and Feingold DL: Laparoscopic management of sessile cecal polyps in The SAGES Manual of Strategic Decision Making, 1st edition, Carol Scott-Conner (ed), 2008. 

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Lisle D, Lee-Kong SA. Robotic versus laparoscopic lymph node dissection for colorectal cancer. Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Boston, MA. 2016.
  • Estrada D, Dalen A, Pasam T, Murray A, Rein J, Lee-Kong S, Feingold D, Kiran RP. Postoperative ileus is a significant problem after colorectal surgery even in an enhanced recovery protocol. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Boston, MA. 2015.
  • Murray A, Pasam TR, Estrada D, Feingold D, Lee-Kong S, Kiran RP. Risk of surgical site infection varies based on location of disease and segment of colorectal resection for cancer: time to adjust quality-monitoring metrics? American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Boston, MA. 2015.
  • Esemuede I, Lee-Kong S, Feingold D, Kiran RP. Influence of body mass index (BMI) on outcomes after colorectal surgery: underweight more of a problem than obesity? Digestive Disease Week. Chicago, IL. 2014. 
  • Esemuede I, Lee-Kong S, Feingold D, Kiran RP. Outcomes after laparoscopic colectomy in the “real world”: real and sustained benefit? American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Hollywood, FL. 2014.
  • Esemuede I, Feingold D, Lee-Kong S, Kiran RP. The minimally invasive approach maximally benefits patients at the highest risk for complications. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Hollywood, FL. 2014. 
  • Esemuede I, Lee-Kong S, Feingold D, Kiran RP. Robotic colorectal surgery experience in the first year of practice. Tripartite Colorectal Meeting. Birmingham, UK. 2014.
  • Esemuede I, Lee-Kong S, Middlesworth W, Feingold D, Kiran RP. Laparoscopy and reduced surgical site infection (SSI) after colorectal surgery: delayed presentation rather than actual reduction? American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Hollywood, FL. 2014.
  • 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

  • Department of Surgery Start-up Research Grant, 2015
  • Super Doctors, Rising Stars Edition, New York, 2015