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 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

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. 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 Sep; 54(3):263-272.
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  2. 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 Aug; 54(2):194-203.
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  3. 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 Jun; 25(6):1931-1939.
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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.
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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.
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  6. 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.
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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 ML, Ahles TA. Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment in older patients with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016 Jul; 7(4):270-80.
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  8. 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 Jul; 7(4):258-69.
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  9. 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 01; 176(5):654-61.
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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.
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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.
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  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.
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  13. Pierce RG, Wong M, Skalet AB. More to mutton than meets the eye. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep; 25(9):989.
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  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.
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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.
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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.
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