Heather Yeo, M.D., M.H.S.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Heather Yeo, M.D., M.H.S.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Gender: Female
Language: English
Insurance: 39 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



  • Colon-Rectal Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Surgery, Colon and Rectal


  • Rectal Surgery
  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Cancer of Colon With Rectum
  • Cancer of Colon
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Cancer and Polyps
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Cancer
  • FH: Bowel Obstruction
  • Obstruction of Bowel
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Anal Fistula
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancy
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Anal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer


Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Surgery, Colon and Rectal

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Healthcare Policy and Research/Clinical Evaluation - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.H.S., Yale University, 2008
  • M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2004
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, 1998


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Personal Statement

My goal, as a colon and rectal surgeon and as a surgical oncologist is to help my patients make informed decisions in their care and understand their disease process and treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical.  I hope to help my patients find a better quality of life and to help them through their surgical experience (when necessary).  I am lucky to work with a world renowned group of multidisciplinary specialists to help promote a multifaceted treatment plan for my patients, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists,  radiologists,  pathologists, gastroenterologists, pelvic floor specialists, urologists, and interventional radiologists. 

Dr. Heather Yeo Appointed Co-Chair of the Association of Women Surgeons Communications Committee (click for more info)

Dr. Yeo is a Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator and focuses on improving the quality of life of cancer patients using mobile tech (click for more info).


Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology. Dr. Yeo specializes in the comprehensive care of colorectal cancer patients as well as those patients with benign colorectal disease.

Click here to see Dr. Yeo's CBS-TV interview on new studying showing aspirin can reduce risk of GI and colon cancer

Because of her specialized training as a surgical oncologist, Dr. Yeo, is involved with her cancer patients throughout the course of their therapy and will help them to understand all of their treatment options.  She works with a world renowned group of multidisciplinary specialists to help promote a multifaceted treatment plan for her patients, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists,  radiologists,  pathologists, gastroenterologists, and interventional radiologists. 

Dr. Yeo has expertise in minimal access techniques, including laparoscopic, needlescopic, colonoscopic-assisted and robotic surgery.  In addition, she has special interests in sphincter preserving surgery (helping rectal cancer patients avoid a permanent ostomy), maintaining fertility in cancer patients, and improving quality of life and bowel function after rectal surgery. Most recently, Dr. Yeo has adopted use of the endoluminal surgical platform, commonly known as the DiLumen, allowing some complex procedures to be accomplished using an endoscope and without external incisions.

Dr. Yeo’s clinical research focuses on the whole patient and improving the surgical experience.  She has studied patient quality of life and outcome measures and believes incorporating those factors into her treatment decisions is very important.

Dr. Yeo has written extensively and published in many major journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Yeo completed her general surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital , and her Surgical Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  She has a Masters in Health Service Research from Yale University.

Dr. Yeo is actively involved in many national Surgical and Oncologic Societies, including the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncologists, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, and Association of Academic Surgery. 


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Ira S. Goldenberg Award, Intern of the Year, 2005

Bridgeport Hospital Trauma Resident of the Year, 2009

Bridgeport Hospital John H. Palmer award for outstanding resident citizenship, 2010

OSHE Research Grant, 2006 and 2010

Association for Academic Surgery Travel Grant Recipient, 2012

AACR/ASCO Vail Clinical Trials Course Participant, 2013

Association of Women Surgeons Foundation and Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc. Fellowship, 2013-2014

Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Grant, 2014-2016

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of all New York physicians