Physician’s Profile


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

Board Certificates
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • 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
  • Colon & Rectal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Small Bowel Resection
  • Cancer Care
  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Sphincter Saving Operations
  • Colonoscopy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Twisted Colon/Intestine
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Constipation
  • Diverticulitis
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ileostomy
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • 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