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Melisa Wong, MD, MAS
M_MED-HMON-CORE-ONCO-GEN
Assistant Professor

1600 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-502-3014

Melisa L. Wong, MD, MAS 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's research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes in older adults with cancer. She and her research team study the impact of lung cancer treatment on patients' functional status and quality of life.

In 2005, Dr. Wong earned her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with Honors and Distinction at Stanford University. She then completed medical school and training in internal medicine and medical oncology at UCSF. Dr. Wong also completed advanced research training as an Aging Research 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.


Dr. Wong was a National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholar in 2016 and received four Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards (2016 and 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, 2016 and 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting). In 2017, she also received a Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award, UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Research Education Core Advanced Scholar Award, UCSF CTSI KL2 Career Development Award, and NIA GEMSSTAR R03.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
UCSF Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics 2017
UCSF Aging Research T32 Fellowship Division of Geriatrics 2017
UCSF Medical Oncology Fellowship Division of Hematology/Oncology 2016
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Department of Medicine 2014
UCSF MD School of Medicine 2011
Stanford University BA Human Biology 2005

Awards and Honors

2017   Merit Award - Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017
2017   Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH/NCI, 2017-2019
2017   Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017
2017   Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2017-2018
2016   Merit Award - Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2016
2016   Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, 2016
2016   Butler-Williams Scholars Program, National Institute on Aging, 2016
2016   Hematology/Oncology Division Clinical Fellow Award, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2016
2016   Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow, UCSF, 2016
2016   Award for Excellence in Fellowship Research, UCSF Hematology/Oncology Research Retreat, 2016
2015   Hematology/Oncology Quality Chief Fellow, UCSF, 2015
2015   Cancer and Aging Research U13 Conference Young Investigator Travel Award, 2015
2014   Department of Medicine Professionalism Award, UCSF, 2014
2011   SOM Dean's Quarterly Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2011
2010   Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, UCSF, 2010
2008   Bernard Osher Scholarship, UCSF, 2008-2011
2008   SOM Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2008
2005   Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Stanford University, 2005
2003   Chappell Lougee Scholarship, Stanford University, 2003

Recent Articles (17)

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 Jul 14.

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 May 19.

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 Feb 03.

Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Topp K, Smoot B, Abrams G, Chen LM, Kober KM, Conley YP, Chesney M, Bolla K, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wong M, Schumacher M, Levine JD. Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jan 04.

Wong ML, McMurry TL, Stukenborg GJ, Francescatti AB, Amato-Martz C, Schumacher JR, Chang GJ, Greenberg CC, Winchester DP, McKellar DP, Walter LC, Kozower BD. Impact of age and comorbidity on treatment of non-small cell lung cancer recurrence following complete resection: A nationally representative cohort study. Lung Cancer. 2016 Dec; 102:108-117.

Pang HH, Wang X, Stinchcombe TE, Wong ML, Cheng P, Ganti AK, Sargent DJ, Zhang Y, Hu C, Mandrekar SJ, Redman MW, Manola JB, Schilsky RL, Cohen HJ, Bradley JD, Adjei AA, Gandara D, Ramalingam SS, Vokes EE. Enrollment Trends and Disparity Among Patients With Lung Cancer in National Clinical Trials, 1990 to 2012. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 19.

Karuturi M, Wong ML, Hsu T, Kimmick GG, Lichtman SM, Holmes HM, Inouye SK, Dale W, Loh KP, Whitehead MI, Magnuson A, Hurria A, Janelsins MC, Mohile S. Understanding cognition in older patients with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 Jun 7.

Loh KP, Janelsins MC, Mohile SG, Holmes HM, Hsu T, Inouye SK, Karuturi MS, Kimmick GG, Lichtman SM, Magnuson A, Whitehead MI, Wong ML, Ahles TA. Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment in older patients with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 May 12.

Tang VL, Shi Y, Fung K, Tan J, Espaldon R, Sudore R, Wong ML, Walter LC. Clinician Factors Associated With Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening in Older Veterans With Limited Life Expectancy. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 May 1; 176(5):654-61.

Wong ML, Clarke CA, Yang J, Hwang J, Hiatt RA, Wang S. Incidence of non-small-cell lung cancer among California Hispanics according to neighborhood socioeconomic status. J Thorac Oncol. 2013 Mar; 8(3):287-94.

Flygare JA, Beresini M, Budha N, Chan H, Chan IT, Cheeti S, Cohen F, Deshayes K, Doerner K, Eckhardt SG, Elliott LO, Feng B, Franklin MC, Reisner SF, Gazzard L, Halladay J, Hymowitz SG, La H, LoRusso P, Maurer B, Murray L, Plise E, Quan C, Stephan JP, Young SG, Tom J, Tsui V, Um J, Varfolomeev E, Vucic D, Wagner AJ, Wallweber HJ, Wang L, Ware J, Wen Z, Wong H, Wong JM, Wong M, Wong S, Yu R, Zobel K, Fairbrother WJ. Discovery of a potent small-molecule antagonist of inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins and clinical candidate for the treatment of cancer (GDC-0152). J Med Chem. 2012 May 10; 55(9):4101-13.

Wang S, Wong ML, Hamilton N, Davoren JB, Jahan TM, Walter LC. Impact of age and comorbidity on non-small-cell lung cancer treatment in older veterans. J Clin Oncol. 2012 May 1; 30(13):1447-55.

Pierce RG, Wong M, Skalet AB. More to mutton than meets the eye. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep; 25(9):989.

Wong M, Ratner J, Gladstone KA, Davtyan A, Koopman C. Children's perceived social support after a parent is diagnosed with cancer. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Jun; 17(2):77-86.

Wong ML, Cavanaugh CE, Macleamy JB, Sojourner-Nelson A, Koopman C. Posttraumatic growth and adverse long-term effects of parental cancer in children. Fam Syst Health. 2009 Mar; 27(1):53-63.

Wong M, Looney E, Michaels J, Palesh O, Koopman C. A preliminary study of peritraumatic dissociation, social support, and coping in relation to posttraumatic stress symptoms for a parent's cancer. Psychooncology. 2006 Dec; 15(12):1093-8.

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