Physician’s Profile

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

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Affiliations: 
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
Board Certificates: 
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Surgery
Expertise: 
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
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
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: 

Department of Surgery Start-up Research Grant, 2015

Super Doctors, Rising Stars Edition, New York, 2015

About: 

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 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.

Publications: 
Suradkar K, Lebwohl B, Kiran RP, Lee-Kong S. The Effect of Midyear Report Cards on Colonoscopy Quality Measures. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2019.
Raab GT, O’Neil DS, Kiran RP, Feingold DL, Lee-Kong SA, Horowitz DP, Neugut AI. Elevation of serum CEA in Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus. Cancer Invest. 2019;37(7): 288-292.
Hyde LZ, Kiely JM, Al-Mazrou A, Zhang H, Lee-Kong S, Kiran RP. Alvimopan significantly reduces length of stay and costs following colorectal resection and ostomy reversal even within an enhanced recovery protocol. Dis Colon Rectum. 2019; Feb18.
Cooper CR, Scully BF, Lee-Kong S. Colorectal Sarcoma: more than a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018;3:42.
DiCaprio D, Lee-Kong S, Stoffels G, Shen B, Al-Mazrou A, Kiran RP, Korelitz B, Swaminath A. Management of iatrogenic perforation during colonoscopy in ulcerative colitis patients: a survey of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. Int J Colorect Dis. 2018; Jul 5. Epub ahead of print.
Davis BR, Lee-Kong SA, Migaly J, Feingold DL, Steele Sr. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Hemorrhoids. Dis Colon Rectum. 2018;61(3):284-292.
Charak G, Kuritzkes BA, Al-Mazrou A, Suradkar K, Valizadeh N, Lee-Kong SA, Feingold DL, Pappou EP. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2018;33(3):311-316.
Suradkar K, Pappou E, Lee-Kong S, Feingold DL, Kiran RP. Anal canal squamous cell cancer: are surgical alternatives to chemoradiation just as effective? Int J Colorectal Dis. 2018;33(2):181-187.
Al-Mazrou AM, Kiran RP, Lee-Kong S, Feingold D, Pappou E. Robotic right hemicolectomy with intracorporeal anastomosis using V-Loc – a video vignette. Colorectal Dis. 2017;19(7):696.
Al-Mazrou AM, Kiran RP, Pappou E, Feingold D, Lee-Kong S. Robotic ventral mesh rectopexy – a video vignette. Colorectal Dis. 2017;19(7):695.
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. 2016;10(2):187-191.
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
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. Clin 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.
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.
Lee-Kong SA and Feingold DL: Laparoscopic management of sessile Book Chapters    cecal polyps in The SAGES Manual of Strategic Decision Making, 1st edition, Carol Scott-Conner (ed), 2008. 
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.
Apakama  C and Lee-Kong SA: Diverticulitis, in Nandakumar G (eds): Textbook of GI and Hepatobiliary Surgery, 1st edition, 2017.
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). 1st edition, 2017.
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). 1st edition, 2017.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Appendectomy pathology report returns adenocarcinoma, carcinoid, or appendiceal mucinous neoplasm. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: normal appendix during appendectomy. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. During sigmoid resection for diverticulitis, the patient is found to have diffuse diverticulosis. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Intraoperatively the patient is found incidentally to have colon or small bowel inflammation. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpected Findings: Intraoperatively suspected colon cancer turns out to be rectal cancer. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpected Findings: Cant find the colon lesion. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: The “Malignant Polyp”. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: Positive air leak. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: Anastomotic “donut” problems – incomplete or missing donuts with a negative leak test. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: Locally advanced rectal cancer. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Feingold DF, Lee-Kong SA. Unexpecged Findings: Locally advanced colon cancer. In Colorectal Surgery Consultation. Lee SW, Steele SR, Feingold DF, Ross HM, Rivadeneira DE (eds). 1st edition, 2019.
Lisle D, Lee-Kong SA. Robotic versus laparoscopic lymph node Poster presentations 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.