Lee Richstone, MD


Lee Richstone, MD is Chief of Urology of the North Shore University Hospital and Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology. Dr. Richstone served as the past Director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery and is a leader in robotic radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, robotic radical cystectomy for bladder cancer, and robotic partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer. He is the first to perform robotic radical cystectomy on Long Island. Dr. Richstone has perfomed hundreds of robotic prostatectomies, with a special focus on nerve sparing prostatectomy to preserve urinary continence and sexual function, but is also an expert on "watchful waiting" for patients with low risk prostate cancer. Dr. Richstone has also pioneered Laparoendoscopic Single Site Surgery (LESS), where entire laparoscopic and robotic operations are performed only through the umbilicus ("belly button"), with no other scars. The Smith Institute for Urology was the first center in New York performing such surgery. In fact, Dr. Richstone is one of only two surgeons in the United States to have performed single site radical prostatectomy. Dr. Richstone has lectured and performed such surgery internationally, teaching advanced robotic and laparoscopic techniques in Europe, South America, and India.

After completing his residency training at the New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Richstone completed advanced fellowship training in urologic laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Richstone’s research interests include the development of novel methods to assess surgeon competency for credentialing and resident education. He has been awarded two Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Grants to pursue this work. He has been published in leading national and international journals including The Journal of Urology, Urology, The British Journal of Urology, The Journal of Endourology, Cancer, and Cell.

Dr. Richstone completed his medical school training and residency at Weill-Cornell University Medical College in New York City. There he won early acceptance into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the most prestigious national medical honor society. At Cornell, Dr. Richstone was the recipient of several awards, including the E. Darracott Vaughan Prize for Excellence in Urology (2000), The Ferdinand C. Valentine Urology Essay Prize (First Place, 2005), The American Urological Association-Ambrose Reed Socioeconomic Essay Contest (First Place, 2005), and the Weill-Cornell Distinguished House Officer Award (2005). Dr. Richstone was awarded the Stryker and Nagamatsu Fellowship (2007), and won first prize at the Endourology Society Fellowship Research Paper competition the same year.

Most of all, Dr. Richstone treats patients with a human touch, believing that the most important part of taking care of the patient is caring for the patient. He takes the time to treat each patient as an individual and explain the details of their medical condition and all of the available treatment options.


Adrenal Tumors
Bladder Cancer
Enlarged Prostate
Kidney Cancer
Kidney Stones
Prostate Cancer
Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery
Testicular Cancer
Ureteral Cancer
Ureteral Obstruction

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