Dr. Carmen Fong, MD, FACS

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Author of Constipation Nation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2024)

Double-board certified general & colorectal surgeon

Writer, artist, & medical consultant

About Me

Dr. Carmen Fong (she/her/they), Your Friendly Neighborhood Colorectal Surgeon (TM), 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 national committees and has presented scholarly work at society 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. They also have two baby daughters. In her role as Co-Director of Hemorrhoid Centers of America, she sees patients with anorectal issues.

Constipation Nation

My book about the history and science behind constipation will

be published in late 2024 by Rowman and Littlefield.

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Doximity Op-Meds


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#IMMO (IN MY MEDICAL OPINION), where I publish unedited versions of my Op-Meds for readers who are not on Doximity

(Click on image) This link will take you to an external site, Baseline Med, where I wrote posts for aspiring BIPOC docs.

Published Writing

(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

"Free99Fridge”, GoatPol.com

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)


Mixed-media Paintings

Life in the time of coronavirus

A Graphic Novel (created during COVID-19)

Other cartoons & PAINTINGS

Digital, pen and ink works


Avocado Toast with Fried Egg and Leafy Greens


Food in a Bowl


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For writing or speaking inquiries, or website issues, please email:


Agent: Trinity McFadden at The Bindery

FOr medical issues, please do not email. call my office (LINK) or call 911.

DUE to the volume of requests, i cannot respond to medical issues over email, sorry!

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