Richard J. Wong, MD, FACS

Vice Chair for Clinical Activities, Department of Surgery
Richard J. Wong, MD, FACS

I am a head and neck surgeon who has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering for nearly fifteen years. I have particular expertise and interest in the surgical removal of thyroid cancer, nodal metastases from thyroid cancer, and recurrent thyroid cancer. I also have a strong interest in treating oral cancer, parotid tumors, melanoma, and parathyroid adenomas.

One of my main goals is to provide patients with optimal treatment for their cancer while maintaining high standards for their quality of life. I believe in providing multidisciplinary care with a team approach. I collaborate closely with my Memorial Sloan Kettering colleagues from endocrinology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, medical oncology, and plastic surgery to individualize each patient’s treatment and surveillance plan.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Thyroid Cancer Surgery; Oral Cavity Cancer; Salivary Tumors; Neck Tumors; Melanoma; Parathyroid Tumors; Laryngeal and Pharyngeal Cancers; Sinus and Skull Base Tumors; Vocal Cord Medialization

Languages Spoken

MD, Harvard Medical School


Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Publications by Richard J. Wong

Selected Book Chapters
“Cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.” Wong RJ, Kraus DK. In: American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology: Cancer of the Head and Neck.  Shah JP, ed. London: BC Decker; 2001: 204-224.

“Incidence, etiology, diagnosis and staging of head and neck cancer.” Wong RJ, Shah JPIn: The Practice of General Surgery. Bland KI, ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2002: 249-256.

“Morphophysiology of the salivary glands.” Wong RJ, Randolph G. In: Otolaryngology: Basic Science and Clinical Review. Van de Water TR, ed. New York: Thieme; 2005: 634-642.

“How to evaluate surgical margins in mandibular resections.” Wong RJ. In: Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery. Cernea CR, ed. New York: Karger; 2008: 64-66.

“How to evaluate surgical margins in mandibular resections.” Wong RJ. In: Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery: Practical Tips to Minimize Complications. 2nd ed. Cernea CR, ed. New York: Karger, 2012.

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