Physician’s Profile


Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD, FASCRS

Department of Surgery
Division of Colorectal Surgery

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 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.

Board Certificates
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ileostomy
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Proctectomy
  • Megacolon
  • Min Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Colon Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Rectal Surgery
  • Ostomy Reversals
  • Abscess Drainage
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Adhesions
  • Pelvic Floor-Muscle Rehab
  • Anal Fistula
  • Pilonidal Cyst/Abscess
  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence
  • Rectal and Anal Surgery
  • Anal Warts
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Anorectal Surgical Procedures
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Rectal Carcinoma
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Colectomies
  • Rectovaginal Fistula Repair
  • Colitis
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Bowel Resection
  • Colon & Rectal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Sphincter Saving Operations
  • Cancer Care
  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Twisted Colon/Intestine
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Constipation
  • Diverticulitis
  • Genital Warts
  • 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
Honors & Awards:

Department of Surgery Start-up Research Grant, 2015

Super Doctors, Rising Stars Edition, New York, 2015


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