Carmen Fong, MD, FACS
Writer, artist, double-board certified surgeon
& medical market consultant
Your Friendly Neighborhood Colorectal Surgeon (TM)
Dr. Carmen Fong (she/her/they) is a Chinese-American writer, artist, and surgeon. She is double-board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Fong earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed a general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, after which she completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital/NYU Winthrop. Dr. Fong serves on multiple committees and has presented scholarly work at national conferences.
At Sarah Lawrence College, she studied creative writing under William Kelley. She was a Stony Brook Children’s Literature Fellow and writes poetry, young adult, and adult fiction. She has been published online in The Apothecary and The Bookends Review, amongst others, and won a Shtorytime! short story award. She blogs about healthcare and surgery on BaselineMed.com and is a Doximity Op-Med Fellow. She is working on a book of non-fiction and is represented by Trinity McFadden at The Bindery. Find Carmen on Substack, Instagram, Facebook, Medium, and Twitter.
During the pandemic, she was deployed to busy emergency rooms in Brooklyn and Queens to treat COVID-19 patients.
She recently moved to Atlanta, GA, from New York City, with her wife and two cats.
(Links Coming Soon)
“To Save, To Salve”, Poetry of the Pandemic: Vol 1, Ariel Publishing LLC
“Color.Full (2017)”, The Apothecary
“Civil War of 2020”, “Cancer Doesn’t Wait”, Resistance Poetry
“Father’s Day”, “Dough”, Without Borders
"Getting Peaches for Father’s Day”, Illumination
"The Four Horsemen of This Apocalypse”, The Friday Fix
"All Zoomed Out”, Literary Impulse
“Please Wear A Mask”, The Bookends Review
"My Grandmother’s Math”, Inspiration in Isolation
"Al’s Redemption”, 1st Prize Shtorytime! short story
"It was the Best Day, and the Worst Day”, 3rd prize Shtorytime! short story
“Jaxe, Another Kind of Monster Hunter”, 2nd prize Shtorytime! short story
Tupelo Press, 30/30 writer, January 2023- 30 Post-partum poems
In Print: “Friday Afternoon Freedom”, Written Tales III
In Print, Forthcoming: “One Night in the Time of Coronavirus”, Herstory anthology
Forthcoming: ‘Ten Bodies”, Poetry of the Pandemic: Vol 3, Ariel Publishing LLC
Guest blogger BaselineMed.com
Selection of Scholarly Works
Fong CF, Corman ML. History of right colectomy for cancer. Ann Laparosc Endosc Surg 2019;4:49. doi: 10.21037/ales.2019.05.05
Fong CF, Abbadessa B. “Colonic Conditions: Toxic Colitis”. Clinical Decision Making in Colorectal Surgery. Edited by Maykel, JA, Wexner, SD, Steele, SR. ePublished ahead of print, Sept 2018. eISBN 978-3-319-65942-8
Pechman, D, Fong, CF, Thodiyil, P. Laparoscopic versus open emergent ventral hernia repair: outcomes analysis using the ACS-NSQIP database. Surg Endosc. 2018 Dec;32(12):4999-5005. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6312-z. Epub 2018 Jun 29.
Fong, CF, Agnew, J, Martz, J, Bloom, N. Abdominotranssacral resection: Single-stage, two-phase technique for en bloc composite resection of locally advanced or recurrent rectal cancer. World Journal of Colorectal Surgery. Accepted for publication, April 2018.
Agnew JL, Strombom PD, Fong CF, Kelly TJ, Martz JE. Perianal pyoderma gangrenosum after excision and fulguration of anal condyloma acuminatum. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015;17:51-4. Epub 2015 Oct 23. PMID: 26547888
25+ abstracts and presentations published.
MEDIA LINKS (Coming soon)
Interviews on Hey Poopy! podcast and Tabooty
As seen on YouTube
Buzzfeed, Reuters and other media outlets
ART (Coming soon)
Life in the time of coronavirus
A Graphic Novel (created during COVID-19)
Other cartoons & PAINTINGS
Digital, pen and ink works
REcipes (COMING SOON)