Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Alex K. Wong, MD

Alex K. Wong, MD
Name Alex K. Wong, MD
Email alex.wong@med.usc.edu
Office Number (323) 442-7920
Medical School Harvard Medical School
Plastic Surgery Residency University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship(s) NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery - Microsurgery

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Alex K. Wong is the Program Director for our Microvascular Surgery Fellowship Program and an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with attending staff appointments at Keck University Hospital of USC, LAC+USC Medical Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Garfield Medical Center. He specializes in microsurgical free tissue transfer for the management of complex wounds, post-oncologic reconstruction, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is one of a few surgeons nationally that offers surgery for the treatment of lymphedema. Dr. Wong performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and Plastic Surgery Research Council. Dr. Wong has been named one of Pasadena Magazine's Top Doctors for annually since 2010, and a Rising Star for 2013 and 2014 by SuperDoctors/Los Angeles Magazine.

As a member of the full time USC faculty, Dr. Wong teaches the next generation of doctors and plastic surgeons. He serves as the Director of Plastic Surgery Visiting Clerkship at the Keck School of Medicine.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Wong directs a research laboratory at the USC Institute of Genetic Medicine with focus areas in adult-derived stem cells for wound healing, lymphedema, molecular pathogenesis of silicone breast implant capsular contracture, and microvascular flap physiology. Dr. Wong has received multiple grants and awards from organizations such as the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Society for Maxillofacial Surgery, Wright Foundation, Whittier Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He was recently awarded a grant from the NIH funded Southern California-Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC-CTSI). His work has been published in a variety of high impact peer reviewed journals.

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.

Selected Publications:

Hong M, Jung E, Yang S, Jung W, Seong YJ, Park E, Bramos A, Kim KE, Lee S, Daghlian G, Seo JI, Choi I, Choi IS, Koh CJ, Kobielak A, Ying QL, Johnson M, Gardner D, Wong AK, Choi D, Hong YK. Efficient Assessment of Developmental, Surgical and Pathological Lymphangiogenesis Using a Lymphatic Reporter Mouse and Its Embryonic Stem Cells. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 9;11(6):e0157126. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157126. eCollection 2016.

Bramos A, Perrault D, Yang S, Jung E, Hong YK, Wong AK. Prevention of Post-Surgical Lymphedema by 9-cis Retinoic Acid. Annals of Surgery. 2016 Aug;264(2):353-61.

Nguyen GK, Hwang BH, Zhang Y, Monahan JFW, Davis GB, Ragina NP, Wang C, Zhou ZY, Hong YK, Spivak RM, Wong AK. (2013) Novel Biomarkers of Arterial and Venous Ischemia in Microvascular Flaps. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71628. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071628

Choi I, Lee S, Kyoung Chung H, Suk Lee Y, Eui Kim K, Choi D, Park EK, Yang D, Ecoiffier T, Monahan J, Chen W, Aguilar B, Lee HN, Yoo J, Koh CJ, Chen L, Wong AK, Hong YK. 9-cis retinoic acid promotes lymphangiogenesis and enhances lymphatic vessel regeneration: therapeutic implications of 9-cis retinoic acid for secondary lymphedema. Circulation. 2012 Feb 21;125(7):872-82. Epub 2012 Jan 24.