Alex K. Wong

Assistant Professor
Surgery
Keck School of Medicine/Institute for Genetic Medicine

Research Topics

Wound healing, adipose-derived stem cells, lymphedema, mechanism of radiation induced skin injury and implant capsular contracture, microvascular flap physiology

Research Overview

Dr. Wong directs a research laboratory at the USC Institute of Genetic Medcine with focus areas in adult-derived stem cells for wound healing, molecular pathogenesis of silicone breast implant capsular contracture, pathogenesis and treatment of lymphedema, and microvascular flap physiology. Dr. Wong is an associate member of the Broad/CIRM Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Wong has received multiple grants and awards from organizations such as the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and American Society for Maxillofacial Surgery. Recently, he was awarded grants from the Wright Foundation and the American Cancer Society for his research on stem cells. He is supported by the SC-CTSI.

Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Wong completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a microsurgery fellowship training at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and his formal Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wong received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and is an honors graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences of Cornell University.