Dr. Paul Chinfai Lee MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Paul Lee is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in New York, New York. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including New York Hospital Queens and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 19 years. Dr. Lee accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 4 doctors at New York Hospital Queens and one of 31 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital who specialize in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery. He also speaks multiple languages, including Chinese (Cantonese) and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon: General Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery, Adult Cardiac Surgery, Aortic

Hospital Affiliation

New York Hospital Queens

New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Ranked #3 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Education & Medical Training

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Residency, General Surgery, 1995 - 2001

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Class of 1995

Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 2002

UPMC Medical Education Prog
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 2003

Harvard College
Other Training, Chemistry and Physics Concentration, 1987 - 1991

University Health Center of Pittsburgh
Internship, General Surgery, 1995 - 1996

University Health Center of Pittsburgh
Residency, General Surgery, 1996 - 1998

University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship, Surgery, 1998 - 1999

Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Other Training, Executive MPH in healthcare management, 2013

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Surgery
Certified 12 years in Surgery

American Board of Surgery
Certified 12 years in Surgery, Certification

American Board of Surgery
Certified 4 years in Surgery, Recertification

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Certified 10 years in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery


Awards, Honors & Recognition

America’s Top Surgeons, Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2008

Castle Connolly Top Doctor, New York Metropolitan Area, 2006

New York Super Doctor, New York Times Magazine

Research Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery Foundation, 1998

First Place Winner, The 19th Annual William J. von Liebig Foundation Residents & Fellows Award

First Place Winner, 7th Annual Fellows’ Research Day, American Heart Association Western PA District

Scholarship, Harvard College, 1988

Semi-finalist, Westinghouse Science Research

Publications & Presentations

Diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer.

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of lung and esophageal cancer.

Role of esophagectomy for esophageal cancer.

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Anthem HealthKeepers HMO/POS
  • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
  • Coventry Virginia - HMO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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