Katharine Wong, MDR
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Hong Kong, where I was raised by my grandparents. We also lived in Texas and the state of Washington before moving to Hawaii during my senior year of high school. I attended Roosevelt High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. I’m now doing a residency in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. My grandparents, uncle, and aunt have all been big influences in my life. They love me deeply and have continued to believe in me and support my decisions.
About my practice
My interest in medicine started in high school, when I realized the importance of health in every aspect of life. By making health my highest priority—managing stress, exercising, and eating well—I experienced an increase in my efficiency, productivity, and happiness. Learning about diseases, treatments, and prevention became my passion.
In my last years of medical school I loved seeing the practical applications of what I had learned earlier. Classes on congestive heart failure taught me about diuretic therapy. Pathology lectures allowed me to read blood smears. Workshops on integrative medicine helped me understand my patients' needs and give them personalized advice. In inpatient medicine I was excited each morning to see how my patients were progressing, to check new lab results, and to read new notes in their charts.
My research on the effects of botulinum toxin on wrinkles was presented at a symposium on aging research and was published in Dermatologic Surgery. I also co-authored research on the role of proteins in plants that was published in Molecular Genetics and Genomics.
To keep my knowledge up-to-date, I read the latest medical literature, attend conferences, and use online resources. My memberships in the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians also give me access to current recommendations and findings.
In my residency at Kaiser Permanente I’ve been impressed by the entire system, including its centralized medical records and emphasis on preventive care. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this internal medicine residency program.
My approach to care is to stress the importance of prevention before the need for cure comes into the picture. A healthy lifestyle is also extremely important. I enjoy meeting new patients, listening to their stories, and learning from them.
How I thrive
I bike, run, play tennis, eat a healthy diet, and try to get an adequate amount of sleep. Taking care of animals and spending time with friends and family keeps me grounded. I especially like to try new things and keep my mind active.