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Major Kenneth Lee, IV, MD, PhD

Major Kenneth Lee, IV, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Dr. Lee is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastrointestinal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Wall Surgery
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Biopsy
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Removal Surgery (Splenectomy)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lipoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
  • Pancreatic Tumors
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Varicose Veins
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination Standard Setting Committee, National Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, National International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association, International Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lee is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Zhang X, Siegelman ES, Lee MK 4th, Tondon R: Pancreatic schwannoma, an extremely rare and challenging entity: Report of two cases and review of literature Pancreatology 19 (5): 729-737,2019.

Newton AD, Predina JD, Shin MH, Frenzel-Sulyok LG, Vollmer CM, Drebin JA, Singhal S, Lee MK 4th: Intraoperative near-infrared imaging can identify neoplasms and aid in real-time margin assessment during pancreatic resection Annals of Surgery 270 (1): 12-20,2019.

Song Y, Tieniber AD, Vollmer CM, Lee MK, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC: Predictors and outcomes of jejunostomy tube placement at the time of pancreatoduodenectomy Surgery 165 (6): 1136-1143,2019.

Maggino L, Malleo G, Bassi C, Allegrini V, Beane JD, Beckman RM, Chen B, Dickson EJ, Drebin JA, Ecker BL, Fraker DL, House MG, Jamieson NB, Javed AA, Kowalsky SJ, Lee MK, McMillan MT, Roses RE, Salvia R, Valero V 3rd, Velu LKP, Wolfgang CL, Zureikat AH, Vollmer CM Jr: Identification of an optimal cut-off for drain fluid amylase on postoperative day 1 for predicting clinically relevant fistula after distal pancreatectomy: A multi-institutional analysis and external validation Annals of Surgery 269 (2): 337-343,2019.

Seykora TF, Maggino L, Malleo G, Lee MK 4th, Roses R, Salvia R, Bassi C, Vollmer CM Jr: Evolving the paradigm of early drain removal following pancreatoduodenectomy Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 23 (1): 135-144,2019.

Maggino L, Malleo G, Bassi C, Allegrini V, McMillan MT, Borin A, Chen B, Drebin JA, Ecker BL, Fraker DL, Lee MK, Paiella S, Roses RE, Salvia R, Vollmer CM Jr: Decoding grade B pancreatic fistula: A clinical and economical analysis and subclassification proposal Annals of Surgery : 2018 (Epub).

Concors SJ, Kirkland ML, Schuricht AL, Dempsey DT, Morris JB, Vollmer CM, Drebin JA, Lee MK: Resection of gallbladder remnants after subtotal cholecystectomy: presentation and management HPB (Oxford) 20 (11): 1062-1066,2018.

Newton AD, Predina JD, Shin MT, Frenzel-Sulyok LG, Drebin JA, Singhal S, Lee MK IV: Intraoperative near-infrared imaging with indocyanine green improves tumor visualization and margin assessment for pancreatic neoplasms during distal pancreatectomy Northeast Surgical Meeting, Philadelphia, PA : 2018.

Newton AD, Lee MK IV: Common bile duct exploration and choledochoscopy The SCORE Portal : 2018.

Newton AD, Sinnamon AJ, Lee MK IV, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE: Resection is more effective than ablation for early hepatocellular carcinoma: a matched-cohort analysis Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)