Jessica Karen Wong, MD, MEng
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy, High Dose Rate Prostate Brachytherapy, Anal Cancer
RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award 2019
My primary treatment site is genitourinary malignancies, where I treat patients with both external beam radiation and brachytherapy. I am particularly interested in Prostate High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy which can reduce toxicity for certain patients while maintaining excellent cancer control. Prostate cancer has also been the focus of my academic interests and I have multiple active clinical and translational studies, including a national study comparing moderately-hypofractionated intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and proton radiation therapy.
After earning my Bachelor of Science in Chemical-Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, I attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. I believe the combination of my science and engineering background with my clinical training gives me a unique perspective to pursue clinical and translational research. Having a strong science background allows me to determine what scientific investigations are feasible and having a strong clinical background allows me to ensure that experiments are clinically relevant, allowing for the most immediate impact on patient care. I seek to further the understanding of radiation’s interaction with the body to improve treatment techniques and develop novel cancer treatments.
In addition to quality patient care and cutting-edge research, I also enjoy radiation oncology education and mentorship. I am active in the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Society of Women in Radiation Oncology (SWRO), American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), Association for Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs (ADROP), and Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group (ROECSG). I am proud to serve as the Assistant Director of our radiation oncology residency program and fellowship training program as our talented medical students, residents, and fellows are the future of our field.