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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
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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


Wong, Charlene A., David A. Asch, Cjloe M. Vinoya, Carol A. Ford, Tom Baker, Robert Town, and Raina M. Merchant. “1. The Young Adult Perspective on Health Insurance.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 56:S1–S1. Elsevier BV, 2015.

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Wong, Charlene A., Alexander M. Bain, Yaa Akosa Antwi, Raina M. Merchant, Gail Slap, Daniel E. Polsky, and Carol A. Ford. “86. Inpatient Hospitalizations Among Insured Young Adults, 2012-2013, United States.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 56:S46–S46. Elsevier BV, 2015.

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Merchant, Raina M., Yoonhee P. Ha, Charlene A. Wong, H Andrew Schwartz, Maarten Sap, Lyle H. Ungar, and David A. Asch. “The 2013 US Government Shutdown (#Shutdown) and health: an emerging role for social media.” Am J Public Health 104, no. 12 (December 2014): 2248–50.

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Wong, Charlene A., Raina M. Merchant, and Megan A. Moreno. “Using social media to engage adolescents and young adults with their health.” Healthcare 2, no. 4 (December 2014): 220–24.

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Wong, Charlene A., David A. Asch, Cjloe M. Vinoya, Carol A. Ford, Tom Baker, Robert Town, and Raina M. Merchant. “The experience of young adults on suggestions for improvement.” Ann Intern Med 161, no. 3 (August 5, 2014): 231–32.

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Wong, Charlene A., Francine C. Gachupin, Robert C. Holman, Marian F. MacDorman, James E. Cheek, Steve Holve, and Rosalyn J. Singleton. “American Indian and Alaska Native infant and pediatric mortality, United States, 1999-2009.” Am J Public Health 104 Suppl 3 (June 2014): S320–28.

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Redwood, Diana, Anil Suryaprasad, Donald Haverkamp, Charlene Wong, Ellen Provost, and David Espey. “Evaluating an Electronic Measure of Colorectal Cancer Screening at Indian Health Service Facilities, 2008-2010.” Ihs Prim Care Provid 39, no. 6 (June 2014): 86–93.


Wong, Charlene A., Jeremiah C. Davis, David A. Asch, and Richard P. Shugerman. “Political tug-of-war and pediatric residency funding.” N Engl J Med 369, no. 25 (December 19, 2013): 2372–74.

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Wong, Charlene A., James A. Taylor, Jeffrey A. Wright, Douglas J. Opel, and Rachel A. Katzenellenbogen. “Missed opportunities for adolescent vaccination, 2006-2011.” J Adolesc Health 53, no. 4 (October 2013): 492–97.

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Wong, Charlene A., Zahava Berkowitz, Christina G. Dorell, Rebecca Anhang Price, Jennifer Lee, and Mona Saraiya. “Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among 9- to 17-year-old girls: National Health Interview Survey, 2008.” Cancer 117, no. 24 (December 15, 2011): 5612–20.

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