From Bench to Bedside: Future of Translational
Lymphedema Research


About the speaker: Dr. Alex K. Wong is a Lymphedema Researcher and a board certified Plastic Surgeon with Fellowship training in Reconstructive Microsurgery.  Dr. Wong is based at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical practice spans the breadth of reconstructive plastic surgery and includes surgery for lymphedema. He is the Director of the Microsurgery Fellowship Program, Director of Basic, Translation, and Clinical Research, and Director for Medical Student Education. Dr. Wong directs a research laboratory with focus areas in lymphedema and novel biologics for wound healing. Dr. Wong has received multiple grants and awards from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, American Society for Maxillofacial Surgery, Wright Foundation, Whittier Foundation, American Cancer Society, Southern California-Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC-CTSI), LE&RN. His work has been published in a variety of high impact peer reviewed journals. Dr. Wong is an active member of the following organizations: American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Association for Academic Surgery, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Plastic Surgery Research Council (Parliamentarian). He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Wong completed his Fellowship training at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and completed 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.