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Waun Ki Hong, MD

Waun Ki Hong, MD
Head, Division of Cancer Medicine
​The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Dr. Waun Ki Hong is the head of the Division of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hong received his bachelor of science and medical degree at the Yon Sei University College of Engineering Science in Seoul, Korea. He went on to do his residency at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and became a medical oncology fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He joined MD Anderson in 1984 as chief of the Section of Head and Neck Medical Oncology, and became chair of the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology in 1993.

Dr. Hong's research interest includes retinoids, genetic predisposition to disease, biological markers, and chemoprevention, particularly the area of translational aerodigestive cancer research. His major research focus is working to identify and develop effective novel personalized molecularly targeted preventive and therapeutic approaches in patients with aerodigestive cancers and/or identify high risk individuals to reduce incidence and mortality through an integrated translational research team effort.

Dr. Hong was recently appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 1996, he became the first MD Anderson physician to receive an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, a lifetime honor presented in recognition of his distinguished career. In 2001-2002, he served as president of the American Association for Cancer Research. His many honors for outstanding achievements in clinical research and patient care include the AACR's Joseph H. Burchenal and the Rosenthal Foundation Awards, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology's most prestigious award, the David A. Karnofsky Award.