Richard J. Wong, MD, FACS

About Me

I am a surgeon who has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering for over 15 years to care for people with head and neck cancers. I have a 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.

As Chief of MSK’s Head and Neck Service, it is my privilege to lead a team of ten board-certified surgeons who perform all aspects of head and neck oncologic surgery. We work together to provide people with optimal treatment for their cancer, while maintaining high standards for their quality of life. We collaborate closely with a strong multidisciplinary team of physicians from endocrinology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, medical oncology, plastic surgery, and other disciplines to individualize each patient’s treatment and surveillance plan.

I am the principal investigator of a grant from the National Institutes of Health, NIH T32, supporting the training of head and neck surgeons at MSK. I also serve as the MSK site director for the Otolaryngology Residency Training Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia and Weill Cornell campuses.

My research interests include elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of perineural invasion by cancer. I am the principal investigator of a laboratory funded by an R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute. Our group is working to identify novel molecular targets that may be treated to improve outcomes for our 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
  • Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2012-2018)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residencies: Otolaryngology - Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowships: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

My Research

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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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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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