Sang Lee, M.D.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Dr. Sang Lee is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presybterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is Vice Chief of Colon & Rectal Surgery. Dr. Lee is one of the nation's leading experts in laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery. He has performed more than 1000 laparoscopic colon and rectal surgeries. Dr. Lee has been invited to serve as a faculty member for laparoscopic colon surgery courses at numerous national and international meetings. Dr. Lee currently serves as the director of laparoscopic colon surgery courses at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lee has one of the largest experiences in performing single-incision laparoscopic colon surgeries in the country.
Dr. Lee along with other faculty members from colorectal division at Weill Cornell have developed a non-invasive surgical technique which removes large colon and rectal polyps not amenable for endoscopic removal, while avoiding bowel resection. Our center is one of the two institutions in the U.S., which routinely performs this technique.
Dr. Lee's clinical expertise include minimally invasive treatment of a wide variety of colon and rectal diseases, such as colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), diverticular disease, and rectal prolapse. He also treats benign conditions of the anus and rectum.
Dr. Lee has been recognized for his clinical excellence by being selected in 2014 by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors," and has been named a New York SuperDoctor the last three years in a row, an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.
Dr. Lee graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degree in biomedical engineering and obtained medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Lee then completed specialty training in laparoscopic surgery and colon and rectal surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell and Columbia Medical Center. Dr. Lee joined NYPH-Cornell as a full time faculty in 2001.
Dr. Lee is considered one of the leading experts in laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery. He has published more than 12 textbook chapters and 40 original articles on the subject of laparoscopic surgery in peer-reviewed journals. He has edited DVD series entitled "laparoscopic colon surgery: learn from the experts", which outlines techniques of laparoscopic colon surgery for practicing surgeons. Dr. Lee has been invited to serve as the course director and faculty for laparoscopic colon surgery courses at national and international meetings. He also serves as an ad hoc expert reviewer of submitted articles on the subject of laparoscopic colon surgery for several medical journals. Recently, Dr. Lee has collborated with the industry to refine and improve a minimally invasive method of performing surgical treatment of internal hemorrhoids.
He is a member of 8 prestigious medical societies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He served as the chair of the awards committee for the American Soceity of Colon and Rectal Surgeons from 2009-11.
Dr. Lee has won many awards for presentations at national meetings. In 2008, he won the department of surgery faculty teaching award.