Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named Chair of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Senior Vice President of the Surgical Service Line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She joined the Dartmouth faculty officially on October 26.
Dr. Wong will oversee 13 specialty sections within the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Dr. Wong is a nationally recognized authority in the management of soft-tissue sarcomas, melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and gastrointestinal cancers. Reflecting her skills and commitment as an educator, she received medical student teaching awards (2009, 2011) and the resident teaching award (2011) from the University of Michigan. With current funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Cancer Society, her current work is examining variation in treatment intensity for poor-prognosis cancers. She also studies prognostic modeling for melanoma, socioeconomic disparities, and factors related to the quality of cancer care. Dr. Wong has expertise in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and advises on health policy and technology evaluation nationally.
Dr. Wong serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgical Oncology and Journal of Surgical Oncology and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Oncology Practice. She holds or has held leadership positions in several national professional societies, including ASCO, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Wong served as Associate Chief of Staff for the University of Michigan Health System. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University. Dr. Wong completed her general surgery residency at the University of Louisville and a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she served as the Chief Administrative Fellow. ■