Sang W. Lee

Professor of Clinical Surgery Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
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Areas of treatment:

Anal Fissures
Anorectal Disorders
Colorectal Diseases/Illnesses
Benign and Malignant Anal Neoplasm
Colon Cancer
Colonic Obstruction
Colorectal Adenomas
Crohn’s Disease
Diverticulitis
Hemorrhoids
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
Polyps
Rectal Cancer
Ulcerative Colitis

Specialties:

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Department:

  • Department of Surgery

Sang W. Lee, MD

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • USC Healthcare Center 4
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Sang W. Lee is a nationally recognized and well-established colorectal surgeon and teacher. Dr. Lee commenced his academic-surgeon career by first being appointed as an assistant professor of surgery at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York in 2003, a position he held for the subsequent 6 years during which he also had an appointment as an Adjunct Instructor in Surgery with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2003 to 2006. In 2009, Dr. Lee was promoted to associate professor of clinical surgery at Weill-Cornell, followed shortly by an appointment as associate professor of surgery in 2010 which he held until accepting a professorship with the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2015.

As his peers can attest to, Dr. Lee’s expertise and acumen has proven essential to the programs he’s been involved in, displaying quite a degree of excellence in leading and designing courses, case studies and research projects. He is a well-respected nationally and internationally renowned surgeon for his work at Cornell, particularly due to an early and robust venture into exploring the feasibility and efficacy of performing colorectal surgery using minimally invasive-laparoscopic techniques.

Dr. Lee is author to over 60 influential-in-colorectal surgery-specialty peer reviewed articles, culminating most recently in publication of a well-received textbook by Springer (Minimally Invasive Approaches to Colon and Rectal Disease: Techniques and Best Practices), which he co-authored with several distinguished peers.

Education:

BS, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989
MD, New York University School of Medicine,1993

Internships:

Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Surgery, 1993-1994

Residencies:

Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Surgery, Boston, MA, 1999-2001
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Surgery, New York, NY, 1995-1996
Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Surgery, Boston, MA, 1994-1995

Fellowships:

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center Columbia University P&S, Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2002-2003
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, Laparoscopic Fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2001-2002
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Research Fellowship in Laparoscopic Physiology, 1996-1999

Certifications:

Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2004 (recertified 5/2013)
General Surgery, 2003 (recertified 2/2013)

Professional society memberships:

The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 2013 – present
New York Surgical Society, 2012 – present
American College of Surgeons, 2008 – present
Society of University Surgeons, 2010 – present
Association of Academic Surgeons, 2006 – present
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Fellow (2005-Present) & Member (2006-Present)
New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, 2006 – present
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 2005-present
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (NCI), Enrolling Physician (36431), 2004-present
American Medical Association, 2003 – present

Awards:

Best Doctors in New York list, New York Magazine, 2014
The Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for Best Resident Podium Presentation at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2012
US News & World Report, Top Doctors, 2012
New York Metro Area Top Doctor, Castle Connolly, 2011
Who’s Who in America, 2011
Guide to America's Top Surgeons - Consumers' Research Council of America, 2010
Patients' Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor's Award by Vitals.com, 2010
Super Doctors of New York, 2010
Excellence in Research Award, American College of Surgeons Meeting, 2010
Best Doctors of America, 2009
Bart Hoexter Best Video Award at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, Hollywood, FL, 2009                                                                     
Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical College, 2008
Piedmont Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for Podium Presentation at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, St. Louis, MO 2007    
Poster of Distinction Award at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Meeting, Dallas, TX 2006
Best Poster Presentation at New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, New York, NY 2005
Best Resident Abstract at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2000
Best Poster Presentation at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 1999
Second Prize for Podium Presentation at New York Society of Colon and Rectal, Surgeons Meeting, New York, NY 1998  
New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for Best Poster Presentation at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, Philadelphia, PA 1998
Best Podium Presentation at New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Meeting, New York, NY, 1996
Honors in Basic Science Research, NYU School of Medicine, 1993
General Honors, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989
Biomedical Engineering Departmental Honors, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), The Johns Hopkins University, 1989