Bio – Wong, Linda

Linda Wong, M.D., FACS

Title:   Associate Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery
Specialty:   General Surgery / Transplant

Dr. Linda Wong began her career in transplantation in 1991, and in 1993 joined the transplant team at the St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu, where she pioneered liver transplantation in Hawai‘i. She has performed over 200 liver transplants and over 140 kidney transplants as primary surgeon. Dr. Wong has published over 100 articles in medical journals and she has given over 115 presentations. She has special interests in liver, bile duct and pancreatic cancers and has expertise in these areas of surgery. She leads a translational liver cancer research group with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center who have collectively produced numerous articles, presentations and grants.

Dr. Wong also serves as Professor of Surgery for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, as Professor for the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, and is the director of the Liver Transplant Program at The Queen’s Medical Center. She is a member of several prestigious surgical societies including Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association.


Physician of the Year, Health Care Association of Hawaii (2010)
Honolulu Magazine’s Best Doctors (2006-2015)
Univ of Hawaii, Surgery Residents Annual Teaching Award (2002, 2008)
Outstandiing Achievement Award, America Liver Foundation/Hawaii (2008)
Charles S. Judd Humanitarian Award, Punahou Alumni Association (2014)


1. Wong LL, McFall P, Wong LMF. The Cost of Dying from End-stage Liver Disease. Archives of
Internal Medicine. 1997;157:1429-1432.
2. Angelis M, Wong LL, Myers SA, Wong LMF. Calciphylaxis in Hemodialysis Patients: A
Prevalence Study. Surgery. 1997;122:1083-90.
3. Meyers C, Low L, Kaufman L, Druger G, Wong LL. Trendelenburg Positioning and Continuous
Lateral Rotation Improves Oxygenation in Hepatopulmonary Syndrome Following Liver Transplant. Liver Transplantation and Surgery. 1998;4(6):510-2.
4. Takamori R, Wong LL, Dang C, Wong LM. Needle tract implantation of hepatocellular cancer:
Is liver biospy always necessary? . Liver Transplantation and Surgery. 2000; 6:67-72.
Reprinted in Schering-Plough Journal of Hepatitis, “Review Series- Hepatitis”, Issue 4/2001;14-15.
5. Wong LL, Limm WM, Severino R, Wong LM. Improved survival with screening for hepatocellular
cancer. Liver Transplantation and Surgery. 2000;6:320-325.
6. Bowles BJ, Machi J, Limm WML, Severino R, Oishi A, Furumoto N, Wong LL, Oishi R. Safety
and Efficacy of Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation of Advanced Liver Tumors. Archives of Surgery 2001;136:864-869.
7. Wong LL, Current status of liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma. American Journal
of Surgery 2002;183:309-316.
8. Wong LL, Lorenzo C, Limm W, Wong LM. Splenorenal shunt: An ideal procedure in the Pacific
Archives of Surgery 2002:37:1125-1129.
9. Puggioni A, Wong LL. A Meta-analysis of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in cirrhotic patients”
J of Am College of Surg 2003:197:921-926.
10. Inouye DS, Kickertz K, Wong LL. Methamphetamine use in deceased donors impairs
renal function in kidney recipients. Clinical Transplantation 2007;21:643-8
11. Wong LL, Tsai N. Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Filipinos. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology .
12. Hammill, Wong LL. Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma – A malignancy of increasing importance.
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2008;207:594-603.
13. Wong DK, Lurie F, Wong LL. The Effects of Clopidogrel on Traumatic Brain Injured Patient.
Journal of Trauma 2008;65:1303-8.
14. Lan B, Kwee S, Wong LL. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan in Hepatobiliary
And Pancreatic Malignancies – A Review. American Journal of Surgery, 2012; 204:232-41.
15.. Wong LL, Hernandez B, Kwee S, Albright C, Okimoto G, Tsai N. Healthcare Disparities
in Asians and Pacific Islanders with hepatocellular cancer. American Journal of Surgery,
2012;203: 726-32.
16. Clark JJ, Limm W, Wong L. What is the likelihood of requiring contralateral inguinal
hernia repair after unilateral repair? American Journal of Surgery 2011;202:754-758
17. Wong LL, Naugler S, Schwartz J, Scott D, Bhattacharya R, Reyes J, Orloff SL. “Impact of
Locoregional Therapy and Alpha-fetoprotein on Outcomes in Transplantation for Liver Cancer: a UNOS Region 6 Pooled Analysis”, Clinical Transplantation, 2013;27(1):E72-9.
18. Song MA, Tiirikainen M, Kwee S, Okimoto G, Yu H. Wong LL. “Elucidating the DNA
Methylation Landscape in Hepatocellular Carcinoma”. PLoS One, 8(2):e55761.doi:10.1371. February 20, 2013
20. Kwee SA, Chan O, Hernandez B, Wong LL. “Choline Kinase Alpha and Hexokinase-2
Protein Expression in Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Association with Survival”, PLoS One. 2012;7:e46591.
21. Wong LL, Lopez K, Kuwada SK, Needle track seeding of hepatocellular cancer can be
devastating after liver transplantation. Clinical Transplantation, 2013;27(4): 400-6.
March 2013. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12160. PMID: 23837571
22. Roytman M, Poerzgen P, Huddleston L, Lee CL, Kuo T, Bryant-Greenwood P, Tsai N, Wong
L. “Outbreak of severe hepatitis linked weight loss supplement OxyELITE Pro”, Am Journal of Gastroenterology 2014;109(8): 1296-8.
23. Wong LL, Ogihara M, Ji J, Tsai N. The Changing Characteristics of Hepatocellular Cancer
Over Time. American Journal of Surgery, . 2014 Oct 13. pii: S0002-9610(14)00502-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.06.036
24. Galanis DJ, Ly CLL, Wong LL, Steinemann S, Rosen L, “Helmet use among motorcycle and moped riders injured in Hawaii: Final medical dispositions from a linked database”. J of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 77(5):743-48. November 2014.
25. Kwee, SA, Wong LL, Hernandez B, Chan O, Tsai N. “ Cirrhosis and the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma by [18F]fluorocholine PET/CT”. Diagnostics 2015, 5(2)-189-99