Melisa Wong Yajima, MD, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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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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    Cancer and Aging Research Group2018Junior Investigator Board
    American Geriatrics Society2018Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group Co-Chair
    Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center2018Early Career Faculty Workgroup
    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
    Cancer and Aging Research Group2015Cancer 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 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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    Advancing patient-centered decision making in older adults with lung cancer: Incorporating risk of functional decline into treatment discussions
    NIH/NIA K76AG064431Jul 15, 2019 - Feb 29, 2024
    Adaptation of the Best Case/Worst Case communication tool to geriatric oncology: Improving patient-centered decision making for older adults with lung cancer
    Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center-Mount Zion Health Fund Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    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, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    UCSF Older Americans Independence Center Research Advanced Scholar Award
    NIH/NIA P30AG044281Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Research Education Core Advanced Scholar
    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

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    1. 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 Feb 13. PMID: 32061833.
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    2. 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. PMID: 31926983.
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    3. Wong ML, Lichtman SM, Morrow GR, Simmons J, Hargraves T, Gross CP, Lund JL, Lowenstein LM, Walter LC, McDermott CL, Mohile SG, Cohen HJ. Geriatric oncology health services research: Cancer and Aging Research Group Infrastructure Core. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Jul 17. PMID: 31326392.
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    4. Utne I, Løyland B, Grov EK, Paul S, Wong ML, Conley YP, Cooper BA, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Co-occuring symptoms in older oncology patients with distinct attentional function profiles. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Aug; 41:196-203. PMID: 31358253.
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    5. Kotwal AA, Presley CJ, Loh KP, Huang LW, Lam V, Wong ML. Geriatric oncology research at the 2019 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) annual meeting: Joint perspectives from the Young International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) and AGS Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Nov; 10(6):994-997. PMID: 31272896.
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    6. Adjei A, Buckner JC, Cathcart-Rake E, Chen H, Cohen HJ, Dao D, De Luca JE, Feliciano J, Freedman RA, Goldberg RM, Hopkins J, Hubbard J, Jatoi A, Karuturi M, Kemeny M, Kimmick GG, Klepin HD, Krok-Schoen JL, Lafky JM, Le-Rademacher JG, Li D, Lichtman SM, Maggiore R, Mandelblatt J, Morrison VA, Muss HB, Ojelabi MO, Sedrak MS, Subbiah N, Sun V, Tuttle S, VanderWalde N, Wildes T, Wong ML, Woyach J. Arti Hurria, M.D.: A tribute to her shining legacy in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Jun 11. PMID: 31201095.
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    7. Magnuson A, Li D, Hsu T, Loh KP, MacKenzie A, Presley CJ, Krok-Schoen JL, Subbiah IM, Williams GR, Wong M, Soto-Perez-de-Celis E, Sedrak MS. Mentoring pearls of wisdom: Lessons learned by mentees of Arti Hurria, MD. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 May 31. PMID: 31160209.
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    8. Huang LW, Smith AK, Wong ML. Who Will Care for the Caregivers? Increased Needs When Caring for Frail Older Adults With Cancer. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 May; 67(5):873-876. PMID: 30924526.
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    9. Wong ML, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Abrams G, Topp K, Kober KM, Chesney MA, Mazor M, Schumacher MA, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Age-related differences in patient-reported and objective measures of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy among cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Oct; 27(10):3905-3912. PMID: 30770977.
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    10. Russell J, Wong ML, Mackin L, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Lung Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 May; 57(5):909-922. PMID: 30768960.
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    11. Loh KP, Wong ML, Maggiore R. From clinical trials to real-world practice: Immune checkpoint inhibitors in older adults. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 May; 10(3):384-388. PMID: 30745116.
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    12. Wong ML, Cohen HJ. Going Far Together: A Tribute to Arti Hurria, MD. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Mar; 67(3):620-621. PMID: 30707760.
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    13. 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 10; 268(4):632-639. PMID: 30004919.
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    14. 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 10; 14(10):e631-e643. PMID: 30207852.
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    15. 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 11; 56(5):678-688.e1. PMID: 30144536.
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    16. 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. PMID: 30322507.
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    17. 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. PMID: 30044854.
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    18. 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 05; 33(5):602-604. PMID: 29417461.
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    19. 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 (Alliance A151711). J Thorac Oncol. 2018 07; 13(7):996-1003. PMID: 29608967.
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    20. 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 09; 54(3):263-272. PMID: 28716620.
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    21. 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 08; 54(2):194-203. PMID: 28533161.
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    22. 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. PMID: 28160076.
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    23. 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 08; 54(2):204-218.e2. PMID: 28063866.
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    24. 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 12; 102:108-117. PMID: 27987578.
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    25. 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 11 20; 34(33):3992-3999. PMID: 27646951.
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    26. 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 07; 7(4):270-80. PMID: 27197918.
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    27. 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 07; 7(4):258-69. PMID: 27282296.
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    28. 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 05 01; 176(5):654-61. PMID: 27042937.
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    29. 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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    30. 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.
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    31. 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.
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    32. Pierce RG, Wong M, Skalet AB. More to mutton than meets the eye. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep; 25(9):989. PMID: 20532658.
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    33. 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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    34. 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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    35. 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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