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Melisa Wong, MD, MAS

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address1600 Divisadero
San Francisco CA 94115
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    UCSFAging Research T32 Fellowship2017Division of Geriatrics
    UCSFMaster's Degree Program in Clinical Research2017Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    UCSFMedical Oncology Fellowship2016Division of Hematology/Oncology
    UCSFInternal Medicine Residency2014Department of Medicine
    UCSFMD 2011School of Medicine
    Stanford UniversityBA2005Human Biology
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    International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)2017SIOG Young Investigator Award
    NIH/NCI2017  - 2019Loan Repayment Program Award
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO2017  - 2018Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO2017Merit Award - Annual Meeting
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO2017Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium
    National Institute on Aging2016Butler-Williams Scholars Program
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO2016Merit Award - Annual Meeting
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO2016Merit Award - Quality Care Symposium
    UCSF Department of Medicine 2016Hematology/Oncology Division Clinical Fellow Award
    UCSF Hematology/Oncology Research Retreat2016Award for Excellence in Fellowship Research
    UCSF2016Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow
    UCSF2015Hematology/Oncology Quality Chief Fellow
    2015Cancer and Aging Research U13 Conference Young Investigator Travel Award
    UCSF2014Department of Medicine Professionalism Award
    UCSF2010Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    UCSF2008  - 2011Bernard Osher Scholarship
    UCSF2011SOM Dean's Quarterly Research Fellowship
    UCSF2008SOM Dean's Summer Research Fellowship
    Stanford University2005Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology
    Stanford University2003Chappell Lougee Scholarship

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    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.


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    UCSF CTSI KL2 Career Development Award
    NIH/NCATS KL2TR001870Jul 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020
    Role: KL2 Scholar
    Expanding the Definition of Treatment Toxicity in Older Adults with Lung Cancer
    NIH/NIA R03AG056439Jul 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019
    Characterization of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in older cancer survivors
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
    UCSF Older Americans Independence Center Research Advanced Scholar Award
    NIH/NIA P30AG044281Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Research Education Core Advanced Scholar

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    1. Miaskowski C, Wong M, 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. PMID: 28716620.
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    2. Wong M, 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. PMID: 28533161.
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    3. Wong M, 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 Jun; 25(6):1931-1939. PMID: 28160076.
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    4. 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 Aug; 54(2):204-218.e2. PMID: 28063866.
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    5. 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. PMID: 27987578.
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    6. Pang HH, Wang X, Stinchcombe TE, Wong M, 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, et al. Enrollment Trends and Disparity Among Patients With Lung Cancer in National Clinical Trials, 1990 to 2012. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 19. PMID: 27646951.
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    7. Loh KP, Janelsins MC, Mohile SG, Holmes HM, Hsu T, Inouye SK, Karuturi MS, Kimmick GG, Lichtman SM, Magnuson A, Whitehead MI, Wong M, Ahles TA. Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment in older patients with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 Jul; 7(4):270-80. PMID: 27197918; PMCID: PMC4969145.
    8. Karuturi M, Wong M, Hsu T, Kimmick GG, Lichtman SM, Holmes HM, Inouye SK, Dale W, Loh KP, Whitehead MI, Magnuson A, Hurria A, Janelsins MC, Mohile S, et al. Understanding cognition in older patients with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 Jul; 7(4):258-69. PMID: 27282296; PMCID: PMC4969091.
    9. Tang VL, Shi Y, Fung K, Tan J, Espaldon R, Sudore R, Wong M, Walter LC. Clinician Factors Associated With Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening in Older Veterans With Limited Life Expectancy. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 May 01; 176(5):654-61. PMID: 27042937.
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    10. 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. PMID: 23399956.
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    11. 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. PMID: 22413863; PMCID: PMC3366583.
    12. 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 01; 30(13):1447-55. PMID: 22454424; PMCID: PMC3383118.
    13. Pierce RG, Wong M, Skalet AB. More to mutton than meets the eye. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep; 25(9):989. PMID: 20532658; PMCID: PMC2917650.
    14. 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. PMID: 20169402.
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    15. 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. PMID: 19630445.
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    16. 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. PMID: 16548023.
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