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 (the area between the lungs). Dr. Lee is skilled in performing minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) through small incisions, called ports, instead of through a large traditional chest incision. Dr. Lee also utilizes The Valley Hospital’s robotic da Vinci® Surgical System to remove complex tumors of the lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum.
Dr. Lee received a 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 has been a member of The Valley Hospital Medical Staff since 2009.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Lee has been engaged in basic and clinical research to understand and improve the treatment of a variety of chest disorders and diseases, including lung cancer and esophageal cancer. He has presented his research to a number of groups, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Academic and Research Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, and the American Association for Cancer Research.
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