University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Melisa Wong, MD, MAS

Melisa Wong, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

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.

Education

Stanford University, BA 06/2005, Human Biology (Honors)
University of California, San Francisco, MD, 06/2011, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 06/2014, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 06/2017, Medical Oncology
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow,06/2017, Aging Research (NIA T32)
University of California, San Francisco, MAS, 06/2017, Clinical Research


Professional Experience

  • 2005-2007
    Research Assistant, Genentech, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, South San Francisco, CA
  • 2011-2014
    Internal Medicine Residency, Department of Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014-2017
    Medical Oncology Fellowship, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015-2017
    Aging Research T32 Fellowship, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015-2017
    Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research, Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
  • 2017-present
    Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2003
    Chappell-Lougee Scholarship, Stanford University
  • 2005
    Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Stanford University
  • 2006
    Genentech Recognition Award, Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2007
    School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 2007
    Ethel O. Gardner Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholarship
  • 2008
    School of Medicine Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, UCSF
  • 2008-2011
    Bernard Osher Scholarship, UCSF
  • 2010
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member, UCSF
  • 2011
    School of Medicine Dean’s Quarterly Research Fellowship, UCSF
  • 2014
    Department of Medicine Professionalism Award, UCSF
  • 2014
    Resident Research Travel Award, UCSF
  • 2015
    Cancer and Aging Research Group U13 Conference Young Investigator Award
  • 2015
    Hematology/Oncology Quality Chief Fellow, UCSF
  • 2016
    Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow, UCSF
  • 2016
    Hematology/Oncology Award for Excellence in Fellowship Research, UCSF
  • 2016
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award,
  • ASCO Quality Care Symposium
  • 2016
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, ASCO Annual Meeting
  • 2016
    National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholars Program
  • 2016
    Hematology/Oncology Award for Best Fellow Poster, UCSF
  • 2017
    Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, ASCO Quality Care Symposium
  • 2017
    International Society of Geriatric Oncology Young Investigator Award

Selected Publications

  1. 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; (In press).
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  2. 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 Jul 01.
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  3. Arti Hurria, M.D.: A tribute to her shining legacy in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Jun 11.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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 Feb 15.
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  7. 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 Feb 13.
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  8. Loh KP, Wong ML, Maggiore R. From clinical trials to real-world practice: Immune checkpoint inhibitors in older adults. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Feb 07.
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  9. Wong ML, Cohen HJ. Going Far Together: A Tribute to Arti Hurria, MD. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Mar; 67(3):620-621.
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  10. 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 Oct; 268(4):632-639.
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  11. 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 Oct; 14(10):e631-e643.
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  12. 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 Nov; 56(5):678-688.e1.
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  13. 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.
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  14. 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.
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  15. 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.
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  16. 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 Jul; 13(7):996-1003.
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  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 09; 54(3):263-272.
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  18. 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.
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  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 06; 25(6):1931-1939.
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  20. 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.
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