Benjamin E Lee, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
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Benjamin E Lee, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish


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.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Thoracic Surgery


  • 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
  • Mesothelioma
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • 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


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

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 and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York Medical College, 2001
  • B.A., Duke University, 1995


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