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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 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
  • 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
  • Loan Repayment Program Award
  • NIH/NCI
  • 2017 - 2020
  • 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
  • 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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    ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6390-6959 Additional info
    • 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 53
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    1. Wong ML, Shi Y, Smith AK, Miaskowski, Boscardin WJ, Cohen HJ, Lam V, Mazor M, Metzger L, Presley CJ, Williams GR, Loh KP, Ursem CJ, Friedlander TW, Blakely CM, Gubens MA, Allen G, Shumay D, Walter LC. Changes in older adults’ life space during lung cancer treatment: A mixed methods cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021; (Accepted). View in PubMed
    2. Presley CJ, Gomes F, Burd CE, Kanesvaran R, Wong ML. Immunotherapy in Older Adults With Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Jul 01; 39(19):2115-2127. View in PubMed
    3. Presley CJ, Arrato NA, Janse S, Shields PG, Carbone DP, Wong ML, Han L, Gill TM, Allore HG, Andersen BL. Functional Disability Among Older Versus Younger Adults With Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 06; 17(6):e848-e858. View in PubMed
    4. Presley CJ, Arrato NA, Janse S, Shields PG, Carbone DP, Wong ML, Han L, Gill TM, Allore HG, Andersen BL. Functional disability among older vs younger adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021; (In press). View in PubMed
    5. Presley CJ, Gomes F, Burd CE, Kanesvaran R, Wong ML. Immunotherapy in older adults with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2021; (In press). View in PubMed
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