Research Summary

Sunny Wang is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF and Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS). She has an active clinical and research interest in lung, head/neck, and prostate cancer, with a focus on clinical trials and outcomes research.


Harvard University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1997, History and Science
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, M.D., 2002, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Internship and Residency, 2005, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship, 2009, Hematology/Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 1993
    Westinghouse Semi-Finalist
  • 1999
    American Society of Hematology Summer Medical Student Award (Declined in favor of NIH grant)
  • 1999
    NIH Cancer Short-term Training Grant
  • 2003
    Intern of the Year Award, Department of Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2005
    Chief Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2012
    Oncology Faculty Teaching Award, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Berchuck JE, Meyer CS, Zhang N, Berchuck CM, Trivedi NN, Cohen B, Wang S. Association of Mental Health Treatment With Outcomes for US Veterans Diagnosed With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2020 07 01; 6(7):1055-1062.  View on PubMed
  2. Zuniga KB, Borno H, Chan JM, Van Blarigan EL, Friedlander TW, Wang S, Zhang L, Kenfield SA. The Problem of Underrepresentation: Black Participants in Lifestyle Trials Among Patients with Prostate Cancer. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 10; 7(5):996-1002.  View on PubMed
  3. Vella M, Meyer CS, Zhang N, Cohen BE, Whooley MA, Wang S, Hope MD. Association of Receipt of Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Mortality in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 11 01; 2(11):e1915828.  View on PubMed
  4. Jacob E Berchuck, Craig Meyer, Ning Zhang, Neil Trivedi, Beth Cohen, Sunny Wang. Disparities in lung cancer outcomes for veterans with comorbid mental disorders. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2019 May 20; 37(15_suppl):6577-6577.  View on PubMed
  5. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 07; 133:32-37.  View on PubMed
  6. Wang S, Drye BD, Cornett PA. The Team Approach to Advanced Cancer Care-Redefining the Gold Standard. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 08 01; 176(8):1062-3.  View on PubMed
  7. Melisa L. Wong, Sunny Wang, Ying Shi, Curtis J Wozniak, Louise C Walter. Impact of comorbidity and age on survival among older veterans with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2014 May 20; 32(15_suppl):7540-7540.  View on PubMed
  8. 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.  View on PubMed
  9. 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.  View on PubMed
  10. Ponzo F, Zhuang H, Liu FM, Lacorte LB, Moussavian B, Wang S, Alavi A. Tc-99m sulfur colloid and Tc-99m tagged red blood cell methods are comparable for detecting lower gastrointestinal bleeding in clinical practice. Clin Nucl Med. 2002 Jun; 27(6):405-9.  View on PubMed

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