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Charlene Wong, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Email address: charlene.wong@duke.edu

I specialize in adolescent and young adult medicine and health services research.  Clinically, I love serving as both a primary care physician to young people ages 12-26, while also providing specialized care to this population. The types of care I specialize in include addressing young people's reproductive health concerns (for example, menstrual or contraceptive issues), chronic illnesses, behavioral challenges, and developmental difficulties. My focus is on providing high quality medical care to youth through respect for each individual, support of their physical and emotional growth, and education to empower them to be thriving, independent adults. I also spend a substantial amount of my time being an advocate for young people through health policy and research.

In my health services research, I study behavior change and health engagement, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy.  My research is based out of the Department of Pediatrics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.  I direct health behaviors and needs research in the Duke Children's Health & Discovery Initiative and am the Associate Program Director for the National Clinical Scholars Program at Duke.  I am also a faculty member in the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my husband and two children.

Education and Training

  • Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014 - 2016
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2013 - 2015
  • Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2010 - 2013
  • M.S.P.H., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2015
  • M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 2010

Publications

Moseley, Connor A., Madhulika Vulimiri, Robert S. Saunders, William K. Bleser, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Gary X. Wang, Peter A. Ubel, Mark McClellan, and Charlene A. Wong. “Medicaid and CHIP Child Health Beneficiary Incentives: Program Landscape and Stakeholder Insights..” Pediatrics 144, no. 2 (August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3161.

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Moseley, Connor A., Asheley C. Skinner, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Eric D. Peterson, and Charlene A. Wong. “Adolescent and Young Adult Recreational, Occupational, and Transportation Activity: Activity Recommendation and Weight Status Relationships..” J Adolesc Health 65, no. 1 (July 2019): 147–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.01.021.

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Vulimiri, Madhulika, William K. Bleser, Robert S. Saunders, Farrah Madanay, Connor Moseley, Hunter F. McGuire, Peter A. Ubel, Aaron McKethan, Mark McClellan, and Charlene A. Wong. “Engaging Beneficiaries In Medicaid Programs That Incentivize Health-Promoting Behaviors..” Health Aff (Millwood) 38, no. 3 (March 2019): 431–39. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05427.

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Wong, Charlene A., Eric Ellsworth, Farrah Madanay, Dave Chandrasekaran, Megan Moore, Daniel Polsky, and Peter A. Ubel. “The Roles Of Assisters And Automated Decision Support Tools In Consumers' Marketplace Choices: Room For Improvement..” Health Aff (Millwood) 38, no. 3 (March 2019): 473–81. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05021.

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Wong, Charlene A., Adrian F. Hernandez, and Robert M. Califf. “Providing Individual Research Results to Participants-Reply..” Jama 320, no. 24 (December 2018). https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.18111.

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Wong, Charlene A., Adrian F. Hernandez, and Robert M. Califf. “Return of Research Results to Study Participants: Uncharted and Untested..” Jama 320, no. 5 (August 7, 2018): 435–36. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.7898.

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Armstrong, Sarah, Charlene A. Wong, Eliana Perrin, Sara Page, Lauren Sibley, and Asheley Skinner. “Association of Physical Activity With Income, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2016..” Jama Pediatr 172, no. 8 (August 1, 2018): 732–40. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1273.

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Wong, Charlene A., Sajal Kulhari, Ellen J. McGeoch, Arthur T. Jones, Janet Weiner, Daniel Polsky, and Tom Baker. “Shopping on the Public and Private Health Insurance Marketplaces: Consumer Decision Aids and Plan Presentation..” J Gen Intern Med 33, no. 8 (August 2018): 1400–1410. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-018-4483-x.

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Wong, Charlene A., James M. Perrin, and Mark McClellan. “Making the Case for Value-Based Payment Reform in Children's Health Care..” Jama Pediatr 172, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 513–14. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0129.

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Chaiyachati, Krisda H., Jeffrey K. Hom, Rebecca A. Hubbard, Charlene Wong, and David Grande. “Evaluating the association between the built environment and primary care access for new Medicaid enrollees in an urban environment using Walk and Transit Scores..” Prev Med Rep 9 (March 2018): 24–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.12.001.

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