Physician’s Profile

Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Board Certificates: 
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Anorectal Surgical Procedures
Rectal Cancer
Biofeedback Therapy
Rectal Carcinoma
Bowel Cancer
Rectal Surgery
Rectovaginal Fistula Repair
Small Bowel Cancer
Colon & Rectal Cancer
Colon Cancer
Small Bowel Resection
Cancer Care
Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
Sphincter Saving Operations
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Twisted Colon/Intestine
Complex Anal Fistula Disease
Genital Warts
Intestinal Obstruction
J Pouch
Laparoscopic Colectomy
Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
Laparoscopic Colon Resection
Laparoscopic Proctectomy
Min Invasive Colorectal Surgery
Minimally Invasive Colon Surgery
Minimally Invasive Rectal Surgery
Ostomy Reversals
Abscess Drainage
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic Floor-Muscle Rehab
Anal Fistula
Pilonidal Cyst/Abscess
Anal Sphincter Incontinence
Rectal and Anal Surgery
Anal Warts
Rectal Bleeding
Colorectal Surgery
Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery
Anal Fissure and Fistula
Fecal Incontinence
Hemorrhoid Surgery
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Ostomy Creation, Care and Revision
Rectal Prolapse
Robotic Surgery
Small Bowel Disease
Sphincter Sparing Surgery
Diverticular Disease
Crohn's Disease
Anal Cancer
Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
Colon and Rectal Disease
Colon Polyps
Colorectal Cancer
Ulcerative Colitis

Department of Surgery Start-up Research Grant, 2015

Super Doctors, Rising Stars Edition, New York, 2015


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 introduced robotic colorectal surgery to NewYork-Presbyterian and routinely uses the technique for a variety of different conditions. 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 his medical degree in 2004 and general surgery residency (2004 to 2011) at NYP/Columbia. He did 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 finishing his general surgery residency, he completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at a joint program between Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Dr. Lee-Kong also has an interest in surgical education, and serves as the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program at our institution. He actively participates in both medical student and resident education, and received the Department’s 2018 Teaching Award in Surgery for his teaching and mentoring efforts.

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.
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. 
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.