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Melisa L. Wong, M.D., M.A.S.

Melisa L. Wong, M.D., M.A.S.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Medicine

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Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 885-3882 Appointments
(415) 353-7151 Clinic Fax
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  • Stanford University, B.A., Human Biology with Honors and Distinction, 2005
  • UCSF School of Medicine, M.D., 2011
  • UCSF Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research, M.A.S., 2017
  • UCSF, Internship in Internal Medicine, 2011-12
  • UCSF, Residency in Internal Medicine, 2012-14
  • UCSF, Fellowship in Medical Oncology, 2014-17 (2015 Quality Chief Fellow, 2016 Chief Fellow)
  • UCSF, Aging Research T32 Fellowship, 2015-17
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology Program
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Cancer outcomes research
  • Functional status
  • Geriatric oncology
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment toxicity

Melisa L. Wong, M.D., M.A.S. is a thoracic oncologist who treats patients with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Dr. Wong has a particular interest in caring for older adults with cancer. Her goal is to provide personalized cancer care based on patients' values and goals.

Dr. Wong completed medical school and training in internal medicine and medical oncology at UCSF. She also completed advanced research training as an Aging Research T32 Fellow in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Research in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Wong is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Cancer and Aging Research Group, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, International Society of Geriatric Oncology, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and American Geriatrics Society.

  • Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group Co-Chair, American Geriatrics Society, 2018
  • Junior Investigator Board, Cancer and Aging Research Group, 2018
  • Early Career Faculty Workgroup, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, 2018
  • Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH/NCI, 2017-2019
  • Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017-2018
  • Merit Award - Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017
  • Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017
  • SIOG Young Investigator Award, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), 2017
  • Merit Award - Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2016
  • Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2016
  • Butler-Williams Scholars Program, National Institute on Aging, 2016
  • Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow, UCSF, 2016
  • Hematology/Oncology Division Clinical Fellow Award, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2016
  • Award for Excellence in Fellowship Research, UCSF Hematology/Oncology Research Retreat, 2016
  • Cancer and Aging Research U13 Conference Young Investigator Travel Award, Cancer and Aging Research Group, 2015
  • Hematology/Oncology Quality Chief Fellow, UCSF, 2015
  • Department of Medicine Professionalism Award, UCSF, 2014
  • SOM Dean's Quarterly Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, UCSF, 2010
  • Bernard Osher Scholarship, UCSF, 2008-2011
  • SOM Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2008
  • Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Stanford University, 2005
  • Chappell Lougee Scholarship, Stanford University, 2003
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Dr. Wong's research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes in older adults with cancer. She is currently studying the impact of lung cancer treatment (such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy) on patients' functional status and quality of life. Dr. Wong also studies how symptoms change over time in older adults with cancer. 

Dr. Wong's forthcoming study, "Lung Cancer in Older Adults: Treatment Toxicity Through the Patient's Lens," will recruit UCSF lung cancer patients who are age 65 or older and starting a new chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy regimen. Dr. Wong and her research team will explore how lung cancer treatment impacts patients' functional status and quality of life.  

  • UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Career Development Program (CTSI KL2), 2017-20
  • UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Research Education Core Scholar Award, 2017-18
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award, 2017-18
Most recent publications from a total of 23
  1. Wong ML, McMurry TL, Schumacher JR, Hu CY, Stukenborg GJ, Francescatti AB, Greenberg CC, Chang GJ, McKellar DP, Walter LC, Kozower BD. Comorbidity Assessment in the National Cancer Database for Patients With Surgically Resected Breast, Colorectal, or Lung Cancer (AFT-01, -02, -03). J Oncol Pract. 2018 Sep 12; JOP1800175. View in PubMed
  2. Wong ML, Paul SM, Mastick J, Ritchie C, Steinman MA, Walter LC, Miaskowski C. Characteristics associated with physical function trajectories in older adults with cancer during chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Aug 22. View in PubMed
  3. Utne I, Løyland B, Grov EK, Rasmussen HL, Torstveit AH, Cooper BA, Mastick J, Mazor M, Wong M, Paul SM, Conley YP, Jahan T, Ritchie C, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct attentional function profiles in older adults receiving cancer chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Oct; 36:32-39. View in PubMed
  4. Wong ML, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Ngo S, Elicker BM, Brown JK, Hiatt RA, Tang VL, Walter LC. Age, comorbidity, life expectancy, and pulmonary nodule follow-up in older veterans. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0200496. View in PubMed
  5. McMurry TL, Stukenborg GJ, Kessler LG, Colditz GA, Wong ML, Francescatti AB, Jones DR, Schumacher JR, Greenberg CC, Chang GJ, Winchester DP, McKellar DP, Kozower BD. More Frequent Surveillance Following Lung Cancer Resection Is Not Associated With Improved Survival: A Nationally Representative Cohort Study. Ann Surg. 2018 Jul 12. View in PubMed
  6. Shi Y, Fung KZ, John Boscardin W, Ngo S, Freedland SJ, Wong ML, Walter LC. Individualizing PSA Monitoring Among Older Prostate Cancer Survivors. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 May; 33(5):602-604. View in PubMed
  7. Gajra A, Zemla TJ, Jatoi A, Feliciano JL, Wong ML, Chen H, Maggiore R, McMurray RP, Hurria A, Muss HB, Cohen HJ, Lafky J, Edelman MJ, Lilenbaum R, Le-Rademacher JG. Time-to-Treatment-Failure and Related Outcomes among 1000+ Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: Comparisons Between Older Versus Younger Patients. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 Mar 30. View in PubMed
  8. Miaskowski C, Wong ML, Cooper BA, Mastick J, Paul SM, Possin K, Steinman M, Cataldo J, Dunn LB, Ritchie C. Distinct Physical Function Profiles in Older Adults Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Sep; 54(3):263-272. View in PubMed
  9. Wong ML, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Levine JD, Conley YP, Wright F, Hammer M, Miaskowski C. Differences in Symptom Clusters Identified Using Ratings of Symptom Occurrence vs. Severity in Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Aug; 54(2):194-203. View in PubMed
  10. Wong ML, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Dunn LB, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Walter LC, Cartwright F, Miaskowski C. Predictors of the multidimensional symptom experience of lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2017 06; 25(6):1931-1939. View in PubMed
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