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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

Contact Information

Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 885-3882 Appointments
(415) 353-7151 Clinic Fax
melisa.wong@ucsf.edu
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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.

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  • Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group Chair, American Geriatrics Society, 2018-2020
  • Early Career Faculty Workgroup, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, 2018-2020
  • 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
  • Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH/NCI, 2017-2020
  • 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.  

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  • Advancing patient-centered decision making in older adults with lung cancer: Incorporating risk of functional decline into treatment discussions
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  • Adaptation of the Best Case/Worst Case communication tool to geriatric oncology: Improving patient-centered decision making for older adults with lung cancer
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  • Expanding the Definition of Treatment Toxicity in Older Adults with Lung Cancer
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    May 2020
    Principal Investigator
  • UCSF CTSI KL2 Career Development Award
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    May 2020
    KL2 Scholar
  • UCSF Older Americans Independence Center Research Advanced Scholar Award
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    Jun 2019
    Research Education Core Advanced Scholar
  • Characterization of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in older cancer survivors
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 42
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  1. Hwang JP, Feld JJ, Hammond SP, Wang SH, Alston-Johnson DE, Cryer DR, Hershman DL, Loehrer AP, Sabichi AL, Symington BE, Terrault N, Wong ML, Somerfield MR, Artz AS. Hepatitis B Virus Screening and Management for Patients With Cancer Prior to Therapy: ASCO Provisional Clinical Opinion Update. J Clin Oncol. 2020 Jul 27; JCO2001757. View in PubMed
  2. Gomes F, Wong M, Battisti NML, Kordbacheh T, Kiderlen M, Greystoke A, Luciani A. Immunotherapy in older patients with non-small cell lung cancer: Young International Society of Geriatric Oncology position paper. Br J Cancer. 2020 Jul 22. View in PubMed
  3. Loh KP, Xu H, Epstein RM, Mohile SG, Prigerson HG, Plumb S, Ladwig S, Kadambi S, Wong ML, McHugh C, An A, Trevino K, Saeed F, Duberstein PR. Associations of Caregiver-Oncologist Discordance in Prognostic Understanding With Caregiver-Reported Therapeutic Alliance and Anxiety. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul; 60(1):20-27. View in PubMed
  4. Cao X, Ganti AK, Stinchcombe T, Wong ML, Ho JC, Shen C, Liu Y, Crawford J, Pang H, Wang X. Predicting risk of chemotherapy-induced severe neutropenia: A pooled analysis in individual patients data with advanced lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2020; 141:14-20. View in PubMed
  5. Cao X, Ganti AK, Stinchcombe T, Wong ML, Ho JC, Shen C, Liu Y, Crawford J, Pang H, Wang X. Predicting risk of chemotherapy-induced severe neutropenia: A pooled analysis in individual patients data with advanced lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2020 Mar; 141:14-20. View in PubMed
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