Lee C. Zhao, MD

  • Specialty: Urology
  • Languages: English, Mandarin
  • Phone: 646-754-2419

About Me

Prior to becoming a physician, I attended graduate school for biomedical engineering and volunteered in the Peace Corps. Combining my interest in fixing problems and my desire to help people was a natural fit. It led me to the field of urologic reconstructive surgery—a field that focuses on restoring a person’s quality of life.

My interest in reconstructive surgery led me to a fellowship in which I gained experience in performing hundreds of reconstructive procedures for repair of urethral strictures, urinary tract fistulas, ureteral injuries, and genital deformities. I also performed surgeries to restore erectile function and urinary continence. Many of these procedures focused on helping people who had previously had unsuccessful surgeries.

Since 2013, I have been practicing at NYU Langone, specializing in reconstructive surgery for reproductive organs and the urinary system. One of the focuses of my practice is managing urethral strictures, which is a narrowing of the tube that carries urine out of the body. Appropriate evaluation and diagnosis of a urethral stricture is critical, because it can make a difference between temporary relief and a definitive, long-lasting solution.

To treat people with urethral strictures, I perform urethroplasty, a procedure used to reconstruct the urethra. I am fortunate to have the training and clinical experience to be able to perform this technically demanding surgery on a regular basis.

Another focus of my practice is urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction, conditions that can result from injuries to the urinary tract. I offer a range of surgical treatments to restore urinary continence or erectile function when medications are unable to adequately address these issues.

To perform reconstructive procedures on the prostate, bladder, kidney, and ureter, I use the newest technology in minimally invasive reconstructive surgery, including the da Vinci® robotic system, which allows for three-dimensional, high-definition views and precise movements. I was one of the first physicians to use the da Vinci® system to treat people with ureter injuries by grafting tissue from another part of the body. My study on the procedure won the award for Best Laparoscopic and Robotic Paper at the 2015 World Congress of Endourology Meeting.

In addition to clinical care, I have authored numerous articles on trauma, urologic reconstruction, and surgical outcomes. As a member of the Trauma and Urologic Reconstructive Network of Surgeons (TURNS), I am actively involved in studying improvements in surgical outcomes and patient safety by participating in collaborative research with other prominent reconstructive urologists.


Conditions and Treatments

incontinence, male sexual dysfunction, reconstructive surgery, bladder diverticulum, urethral stricture, undescended testicle, ureteral stricture, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), urinary diversion, urethral fistula, erectile dysfunction, hypospadias, bladder reconstruction
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Credentials

Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Urology - Urology, 2015
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Reconstructive Surgery, 2013
  • Residency, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Urology, 2012
  • MD from Northwestern University, 2006
Departments

Locations and Appointments

63 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis Child Health
  • Fidelis Essential
  • Fidelis Exchange
  • Fidelis Family Health
  • Fidelis Medicaid
  • Fidelis Medicare
  • GHI CBP
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP EPO/PPO
  • HIP HMO
  • HIP Medicare
  • HIP POS
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Healthfirst
  • Healthfirst Essential
  • Hotel Trades
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Child Health
  • MetroPlus Essential
  • MetroPlus Exchange Plans
  • MetroPlus Family Health
  • MetroPlus Medicaid
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare Core and Charter
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
  • WellCare Child Health
  • WellCare Family Health
  • WellCare Medicaid
  • WellCare Medicare
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NYU Urology Associates

150 East 32nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

NYU Urology Associates

135 East 31st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

NYU Lutheran Associates - Medical Arts Pavilion

8714 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Contact

Phone: 646-825-6300

NYU Lutheran Associates

150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Contact

Phone: 646-825-6300

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Publications

  • Outpatient Ultrasound Urethrogram for Assessment of Anterior Urethral Stricture: Early Experience

    Bryk, Darren J; Khurana, Kiranpreet; Yamaguchi, Yuka; Kozirovsky, Mariana; Telegrafi, Shpetim; Zhao, Lee C
    Urology. 2016 Mar 15. ?-?

  • Penile intracavernosal pillars: lessons from anatomy and potential implications for penile prosthesis placement

    Pagano, M J; Weinberg, A C; Deibert, C M; Hernandez, K; Alukal, J; Zhao, L; Wilson, S K; Egydio, P H; Valenzuela, R J
    International journal of impotence research. 2016 Apr 7. 28 (3): 114-119

  • Intractable Hematuria after Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: Can Lessons Learned from Gastrointestinal Bleeding be Applied?

    Son, Andre; Zhao, Lee; Reyentovich, Alex; DeAnda, Abe; Balsam, Leora B
    ASAIO journal. 2016 Jan -0. 62 (1): e8-e12

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