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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 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

Armstrong, S, Wong, CA, Perrin, E, Page, S, Sibley, L, and Skinner, A. "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 Pediatrics 172, no. 8 (August 2018): 732-740.

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Wong, CA, Hernandez, AF, and Califf, RM. "Return of Research Results to Study Participants: Uncharted and Untested." Jama 320, no. 5 (August 2018): 435-436.

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Wong, CA, Perrin, JM, and McClellan, M. "Making the Case for Value-Based Payment Reform in Children’s Health Care." Jama Pediatrics 172, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 513-513.

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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, C, Greeno, J, Perrin, E, Peterson, E, Chung, R, and Skinner, A. "SEX, DRUGS & READY TO ROLL: YOUNG ADULT PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES & BEHAVIORS." February 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, CA, Greeno, J, Perrin, E, Peterson, E, Chung, R, and Skinner, A. "YOUNG AND NOT SO INVINCIBLE: HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS." February 2018.

Scholars@Duke

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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