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Benjamin E Lee, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Personal Statement

Investing in the lives of my patients has truly been one of my life's greatest pleasures. As a thoracic surgeon, I specialize in the care of patients with benign and malignant diseases of the chest cavity and utilize cutting edge technologies, including robotic and VATS techniques, to offer my patients the best outcomes. Every day I look forward to provide personalized and precision medicine to my patients here at Weil Cornell.

Biographical Info

Benjamin E. Lee, M.D., is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders and diseases of the chest, including benign and malignant tumors of the lungs, esophagus, and the mediastinum. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and religious studies from Duke University in 1995. He completed his medical degree in 2001 at New York Medical College and his general surgery residency in 2007 at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. From 2004 to 2005, he completed a thoracic surgical research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and was awarded a Society of University Surgeons Traveling Fellowship Award in 2006. Following his general surgery residency, he returned to the east coast to complete a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian/Cornell Medical Center in 2009. He joined The Valley Hospital Medical Staff in 2009 prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weil Cornell Medical College.

Honors and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha, Junior – New York Medical College, 2000

Society of University Surgeons Traveling Fellowship Award, 2006



Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Clinical Expertise
Lung Cancer Surgery
Esophageal Cancer Surgery
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
Thorascopic Lung Surgery
Lung Cancer
Secondary Cancer of Lung
Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
Excision of Chest Wall Tumor
Resection, Tumor, Pancoast, Rib and Chest Wall
Management of Lung Nodules
Lung Cancer-Diagnostic Testing
Low Dose Computed Tomography of Lungs For Lung Cancer Screening
Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Surgery
Esophagectomy, Laparoscopic, Robot-Assisted
Excision, Esophagus, Combined Laparoscopic and VATS Approach
Benign Esophageal Disease
Hiatal Hernia
Repair, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic
Repair, Hiatal Hernia, Paraesophageal
Esophageal Diverticulum
Esophagomyotomy, Laparoscopic
Benign Tumor of Mediastinum
Malignant Neoplasm of Anterior Mediastinum
Mediastinal Mass Resection
Excision of Mediastinal Cyst
Excision of Mediastinal Tumor
Surgical Removal of Thymoma
Thymectomy With Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
Robot-Assisted Thymectomy
Hyperhidrosis, Focal, Primary
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Pectus Excavatum
Reconstructive Repair of Pectus Excavatum By Nuss Procedure Using Thoracoscopy
Chest Wall Deformity
Chinese (Mandarin)
  • M.D.
    New York Medical College
  • B.A.
    Duke University
  • Associate Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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