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Charlene Wong
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy


Other, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2016)
Other, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2015)
M.S.P.H., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2015)
Other, University of Washington School of Medicine (2013)
M.D., Emory University School of Medicine (2010)


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.