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Charlene Wong, MD

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

I specialize in adolescent and young adult medicine.  I love that in I serve 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.

My research is based out of the Department of Pediatrics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Children's Health Discovery Initiative, and the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research. My research focuses on improving the consumer experience with accessing health and health care, exploring innovative strategies that leverage behavioral economics and technology to improve youth well-being, and studying the impact of health policy on young people.

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

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

Chaiyachati, KH, Hom, JK, Hubbard, RA, Wong, C, and Grande, D. "Evaluating the association between the built environment and primary care access for new Medicaid enrollees in an urban environment using Walk and Transit Scores." Preventive medicine reports 9 (March 2018): 24-28.

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Kratka, A, Wong, CA, Herrmann, R, Hong, K, Karediya, A, Yang, I, and Ubel, PA. "Finding Health Care Prices Online-How Difficult Is It to Be an Informed Health-Care Consumer?." JAMA internal medicine 178, no. 3 (March 2018): 423-424.

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Wong, CA, Miller, VA, Murphy, K, Small, D, Ford, CA, Willi, SM, Feingold, J, Morris, A, Ha, YP, Zhu, J, Wang, W, and Patel, MS. "Effect of Financial Incentives on Glucose Monitoring Adherence and Glycemic Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA pediatrics 171, no. 12 (December 2017): 1176-1183.

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Faherty, LJ, Wong, CA, Feingold, J, Li, J, Town, R, Fieldston, E, and Werner, RM. "Pediatric Price Transparency: Still Opaque With Opportunities for Improvement." Hospital Pediatrics 7, no. 10 (October 2017): 565-571.

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Wong, CA, Kan, K, Cidav, Z, Nathenson, R, and Polsky, D. "Pediatric and Adult Physician Networks in Affordable Care Act Marketplace Plans." Pediatrics 139, no. 4 (April 2017): e20163117-e20163117.

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Harris, SK, Aalsma, MC, Weitzman, ER, Garcia-Huidobro, D, Wong, C, Hadland, SE, Santelli, J, Park, MJ, and Ozer, EM. "Research on Clinical Preventive Services for Adolescents and Young Adults: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?." The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 60, no. 3 (March 2017): 249-260. (Review)

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Wong, CA, Saltzman, E, Ford, CA, and Town, R. "Young Adults Make Different Health Plan Choices on ACA Exchange Than Older Adults." February 2017.

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Wang, AZ, Scherr, KA, Wong, CA, and Ubel, PA. "Poor Consumer Comprehension and Plan Selection Inconsistencies Under the 2016 HealthCare.gov Choice Architecture." MDM Policy & Practice 2, no. 1 (January 2017): 238146831771644-238146831771644.

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Wong, CA, Bain, A, Polsky, D, Merchant, RM, Antwi, YA, Slap, G, Rubin, D, and Ford, CA. "The Use and Out-of-Pocket Cost of Urgent Care Clinics and Retail-Based Clinics by Adolescents and Young Adults Compared With Children." The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 60, no. 1 (January 2017): 107-112.

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Strane, D, French, B, Eder, J, Wong, CA, Noonan, KG, and Rubin, DM. "Low-Income Working Families With Employer-Sponsored Insurance Turn To Public Insurance For Their Children." Health affairs (Project Hope) 35, no. 12 (December 2016): 2302-2309.

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