Melisa Wong, MD, MAS, AGSF is a Research Scientist in the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Associate Adjunct Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Wong is a thoracic medical oncologist and geriatric oncology clinician-investigator. Her research program aims to transform cancer care for older adults — to help patients clarify their goals and values in the face of uncertainty and to support oncologists to keep these truths at the core of the care they provide. Dr. Wong is a National Institute on Aging Beeson K76 scholar and is especially interested in improving the care of older adults with lung cancer.
Dr. Wong completed medical school and training in internal medicine and medical oncology at UCSF. In addition, she 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. Nationally, Dr. Wong serves in a number of geriatric oncology leadership positions including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Geriatric Oncology Community of Practice and Geriatric Oncology Education Committee, Cancer and Aging Research Group Health Services Core, and Editorial Board for the Journal of Geriatric Oncology.
- Research Scientist II, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
- Associate Physician, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center
- Associate Adjunct Professor, Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Primary research interests
- Geriatric oncology
- Lung cancer
- Patient-centered outcomes and treatment tolerability
- Shared decision making and communication