UAMS Names Henry Wong, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology Chair

By Lee Hogan

Wong comes to UAMS from the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he was director of immunodermatology and co-director of a multi-disciplinary cutaneous lymphoma clinic at the James Cancer Hospital and Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was also director of the psoriasis clinic, dermatology clinical trials and the medical dermatology research fellowship at Ohio State. He is nationally known for his expertise on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

“Dr. Wong brings extensive clinical and research experience in cutaneous lymphoma and inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis,” said Richard Turnage, M.D., interim dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “Dr. Wong is an exemplary physician, teacher and investigator who is extremely well qualified to lead our Department of Dermatology and take it to a new level of clinical care and education.”

“Dr. Wong is a superb physician-scientist and will be an excellent role model for aspiring academic physicians,” said Peter Emanuel, M.D., director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “With his scientific and clinical expertise in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and the recent FDA approval of Valchlor for this condition, a drug that was developed by UAMS’ own Peter Crooks, Ph.D., it gives the Cancer Institute a very credible international expertise in this tumor.”

Wong has been chair of the Biomarker Committee of the U.S. Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium since 2010, and became a member of the Clinical Guideline Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology last year. Since 2009, Wong has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in Dermatology.

He previously held faculty, research and clinical positions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Wong received his medical and doctoral degrees in biochemistry at the New York University School of Medicine and the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He was an intern at Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Wong completed his residency in dermatology at Bellevue Hospital and New York University and was a visiting research fellow in immunology at the Cornell University School of Medicine.