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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

Kratka, Allison, Charlene A. Wong, Riley Herrmann, Kathryn Hong, Aleena Karediya, Iris Yang, and Peter A. Ubel. “Finding Health Care Prices Online-How Difficult Is It to Be an Informed Health-Care Consumer?.” Jama Intern Med 178, no. 3 (March 1, 2018): 423–24. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.6841.

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Wong, Charlene, Jordan Greeno, Eliana Perrin, Eric Peterson, Richard Chung, and Asheley Skinner. “SEX, DRUGS & READY TO ROLL: YOUNG ADULT PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES & BEHAVIORS.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 62:S131–32. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, Charlene A., Jordan Greeno, Eliana Perrin, Eric Peterson, Richard Chung, and Asheley Skinner. “YOUNG AND NOT SO INVINCIBLE: HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 62:S132–S132. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, Charlene A., Victoria A. Miller, Kathryn Murphy, Dylan Small, Carol A. Ford, Steven M. Willi, Jordyn Feingold, et al. “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 Pediatr 171, no. 12 (December 1, 2017): 1176–83. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3233.

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Faherty, Laura J., Charlene A. Wong, Jordyn Feingold, Joan Li, Robert Town, Evan Fieldston, and Rachel M. Werner. “Pediatric Price Transparency: Still Opaque With Opportunities for Improvement.” Hospital Pediatrics 7, no. 10 (October 2017): 565–71. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2017-0020.

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Wong, Charlene A., Kristin Kan, Zuleyha Cidav, Robert Nathenson, and Daniel Polsky. “Pediatric and Adult Physician Networks in Affordable Care Act Marketplace Plans..” Pediatrics 139, no. 4 (April 2017). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3117.

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Harris, Sion K., Matthew C. Aalsma, Elissa R. Weitzman, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Charlene Wong, Scott E. Hadland, John Santelli, M Jane Park, and Elizabeth M. Ozer. “Research on Clinical Preventive Services for Adolescents and Young Adults: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?.” J Adolesc Health 60, no. 3 (March 2017): 249–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.10.005.

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Wong, Charlene A., Evan Saltzman, Carol A. Ford, and Robert Town. “Young Adults Make Different Health Plan Choices on ACA Exchange Than Older Adults.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 60:S14–S14. Elsevier BV, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.10.048.

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Wang, Annabel Z., Karen A. Scherr, Charlene A. Wong, and Peter A. Ubel. “Poor Consumer Comprehension and Plan Selection Inconsistencies Under the 2016 HealthCare.gov Choice Architecture..” Mdm Policy Pract 2, no. 1 (January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1177/2381468317716441.

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Wong, Charlene A., Alexander Bain, Daniel Polsky, Raina M. Merchant, Yaa Akosa Antwi, Gail Slap, David Rubin, and Carol A. Ford. “The Use and Out-of-Pocket Cost of Urgent Care Clinics and Retail-Based Clinics by Adolescents and Young Adults Compared With Children..” J Adolesc Health 60, no. 1 (January 2017): 107–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.09.009.

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