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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., Melissa A. Jim, Jessica King, Lillian Tom-Orme, Jeffrey A. Henderson, Mona Saraiya, Lisa C. Richardson, Larry Layne, Anil Suryaprasad, and David K. Espey. “Impact of hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy prevalence on rates of cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer among American Indian and Alaska Native women, 1999-2004.” Cancer Causes Control 22, no. 12 (December 2011): 1681–89.

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Wong, Charlene A., Scott Cuda, and Andrew Kirsch. “A review of the urologic manifestations of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.” J Pediatr Urol 7, no. 2 (April 2011): 140–44.

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Wong, Charlene A., Mona Saraiya, Susan Hariri, Linda Eckert, Roberta I. Howlett, Lauri E. Markowitz, Julia M. L. Brotherton, et al. “Approaches to monitoring biological outcomes for HPV vaccination: challenges of early adopter countries.” Vaccine 29, no. 5 (January 29, 2011): 878–85.

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Wong, Charlene, Zahava Berkowitz, Mona Saraiya, Louise Wideroff, and Vicki B. Benard. “US physicians' intentions regarding impact of human papillomavirus vaccine on cervical cancer screening.” Sex Health 7, no. 3 (September 2010): 338–45.

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Wong, Charlene, Jamie Krashin, Alison Rue-Cover, Mona Saraiya, Elizabeth Unger, Angela Calugar, and Lauri Markowitz. “Invasive and in situ cervical cancer reported to the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS).” J Womens Health (Larchmt) 19, no. 3 (March 2010): 365–70.

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Wong, Charlene A., Maarten Sap, Andrew Schwartz, Robert Town, Tom Baker, Lyle Ungar, and Raina M. Merchant. “Twitter Sentiment Predicts Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment.” Journal of Medical Internet Research 17, no. 2 (n.d.): e51–e51.

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