Sang W. Lee, MD FACS, FASCRS, is the Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Professor of Clinical Surgery at University of Southern California/ Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is one of the nation’s leading experts in laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic colon and rectal surgeries. Dr. Lee has one of the largest experiences in performing sing incision laparoscopic colon surgeries in the country. He has pioneered a non-invasive surgical technique called CELS (Combined EndoLaparoscopic Surgery), which removes large colon and rectal polyps not amenable for endoscopic removal, while avoiding bowel resection. Dr. Lee also developed a less invasive way to surgically treat Crohn’s and other benign rectal strictures. Dr. Lee has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly and as one of New York’s “Best Doctors” by New York Magazine and Super Doctors.
Dr. Lee’s clinical expertise includes 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), rectal strictures, rectal prolapse, and benign conditions of the anus and the rectum.
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 at Weill-Cornell in 2001 and served as the Vice-Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery before joining USC / Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Lee is considered one of the leading experts in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery. He has edited three textbooks, published over 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous book chapters. He also served as course director and faculty for advanced laparoscopic colon surgery courses at national and international meetings. Dr. Lee is a member of 10 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 Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Bachelor’s: Johns Hopkins University
Doctor of Medicine: New York University School of Medicine
Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School
New York Presbyterian / Cornell and Columbia Medical Center