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.
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.