Waun Ki Hong, MD, FACP, DMSc (Hon), is an American Cancer Society professor, the Samsung distinguished university chair in cancer medicine emeritus, and professor of cancer medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he served as chairman of the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology from 1993-2005 and as head of the Division of Cancer Medicine from 2001-2014. Dr. Hong is a leading authority on head/neck and lung cancers. His specialty is medical oncology with expertise in the areas of molecular therapeutics, cancer prevention, clinical investigation, and personalized targeted therapy.
Dr. Hong is the recipient of numerous distinguished national and international awards including, election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies and election as an inaugural fellow of the AACR Academy. He is also a recipient of The American Cancer Society Medal of Honor for Clinical Research; the AACR Joseph A. Burchenal and Rosenthal Foundation Awards; the ASCO David Karnofsky Award; and the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine from South Korea.
A national and international leader in medical oncology, Dr. Hong has trained clinical oncologists throughout the world and participated in creating national cancer policy through the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), the US FDA Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors, and as past president of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Dr. Hong has served on the editorial boards of 17 scientific journals. He has authored more than 689 scientific papers and edited 11 books, including the seventh and eighth editions of Holland-Frei "Cancer Medicine."