Renowned surgeon joins Hackensack University Medical Center to lead colorectal surgery

Dr. Steven Lee-Kong, a nationally recognized colorectal surgeon, has joined Hackensack University Medical Center as chief of colorectal surgery, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Lee-Kong is known for having one of the highest volume colorectal surgery practices in the New York City area, including complex reconstructions — many of which used minimally invasive, robotic-assisted techniques.

Lee-Kong completed his colorectal surgery fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. He had been a leading colorectal surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center since 2012, before joining the Hackensack University Medical Center team.

Lee-Kong was the first robotically trained colorectal surgeon at Columbia, and introduced this technology at the institution for the management of colorectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and pelvic floor disorders.

He is an expert in all types of colorectal surgical procedures, from the simplest to the most complex, operating through small incisions whenever possible so patients can heal faster and return to their regular activities sooner.

Lee-Kong’s arrival completes a “dream team” led by nationally renowned colon and rectal surgeon Dr. Howard Ross, who came to Hackensack University Medical Center as chair of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief in May 2021.

This fall, Lee-Kong and his surgical colleagues will be operating in the new Helen Theurer Pavilion, a nine-story, 530,000-square-foot facility that incorporates advanced technologies into a modern, thoughtfully designed working environment to provide an enhanced patient, team, and physician experience.