Renowned surgeon joins Hackensack University Medical Center to lead colorectal surgery department


HACKENSACK, NJ, September 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD, a nationally recognized colorectal surgeon, has joined Hackensack University Medical Center as Chief of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Lee-Kong is known for having one of the largest colorectal surgery practices in the world. New York City field, including complex reconstructions – many of which use minimally invasive robot-assisted techniques.

Dr. Lee-Kong received his medical degree from Colombia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he also completed his surgical residency. He completed his colorectal surgery fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Lee-Kong was one of the leading colorectal surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Colombia University Irving Medical Center since 2012 before joining the team at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Lee-Kong was the first robotic-trained colorectal surgeon at Columbia and brought this technology to the institution for the management of colorectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and pelvic floor disorders. . He is board certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery and was appointed to Castle Connolly America’s best doctors since 2015.

He is an expert in all types of colorectal surgery, from the simplest to the most complex, operating through small incisions whenever possible so patients can heal faster and return to regular activities sooner. Dr. Lee-Kong has particular expertise in treating all types of anorectal disorders, complex enterocutaneous fistulas (an abnormal connection that develops between the intestine and the skin), pelvic organ prolapse, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, and rectal cancer, using sphincter-sparing techniques where appropriate. He is also dedicated to educating the community about colorectal health, improving disparities in colorectal cancer care, and training surgical residents and medical students.

The arrival of Dr. Lee-Kong completes a “dream team” led by a nationally renowned colon and rectum surgeon Howard M. RossMDwho came to Hackensack University Medical Center as director of the department of surgery and chief surgeon at May 2021. “I am excited to expand on the work that Dr. Ross began a year ago, with a focus on minimally invasive robotic surgery and the latest technologies,” said Dr. Lee-Kong. “I look forward to working on the ground floor of the region’s most incredible colorectal surgery division and taking the best care of our patients.”

This fall, he and his fellow surgeons will operate in the new Helen Theurer Paviliona nine-story, 530,000 square foot facility that integrates state-of-the-art technology into a modern, carefully designed work environment to provide an enhanced experience for patients, teams and physicians.

“People with colorectal cancer and non-cancerous colorectal disorders do not need to go to New York City for university-level surgical care, because it’s right here Hackensack“, added Mark Sparta, President, Northern Region, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Lee-Kong on our team so that we can expand the exceptional surgical services we provide to the people of New Jersey.”


Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was Bergen County first hospital founded in 1888. It was also the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a magnet®-Hospital recognized for excellence in nursing, receiving its sixth consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report 2022-2023 in four specialties, more than any other hospital New Jersey. The hospital is home to the only nationally ranked urology, neurology, and neurosurgery programs in the state, as well as the top cardiology and cardiac surgery program. It also offers patients nationally ranked orthopedic care and one of the leading cancer centers in the state (John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center). Hackensack University Medical Center also ranked among the top performers in conditions such as Acute Kidney Failure, Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD), diabetes and stroke. As well as high performance in procedures such as Aortic Valve Surgery, Cardiac Bypass Surgery (CABG), Colon Cancer Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, Replacement hip and knee replacement. This award-winning care is delivered on a campus that houses facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, home to Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the region of the mid-Atlantic in the US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. In addition, the children’s nephrology program ranks among the top 50 United States. Hackensack University Medical Center is also home to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and is on the Green Guide’s list of the top 10 green hospitals in the United States. Our comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. The hospital embarked on the largest health care expansion project ever approved by the state: construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a nine-story, 530,000 square foot building, which began in 2019. A $714.2 million effort, the pavilion is one of the largest healthcare capital projects in New Jersey and will house 24 state-of-the-art operating theaters with intraoperative MRI capability, 50 intensive care beds and 175 medical/surgical beds, including a 50-room musculoskeletal institute.

SOURCE Hackensack University Medical Center


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