Raymond K. Wong, PhD, CCP, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and the Program Director of the Perfusion Sciences Graduate Program in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The Perfusion Sciences program is one of only 17 such programs in the US preparing students to serve in a very specialized field whereby they operate technology that takes over the function of patients' heart and lungs during cardiac surgery. He also serves as a Clinical Perfusionist and as the Transplant Donor Organ Procurement Team Supervisor (Heart/Lung/Kidney) at Banner – University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.
Previously, Dr. Wong was a clinical perfusionist and conducted clinical studies at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. In the mechanical circulatory support arena, Dr. Wong was a clinical engineer at our institution while in graduate school. He also has industry experience in product development and as a regulatory scientist for ABIOMED, Inc. in Danvers, MA, which is a company that specializes in developing and commercializing mechanical circulatory support systems.
He has authored multiple original research publications.
Dr. Wong is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the Perfusion Program Director’s Council, and the International Society of Mechanical Circulatory Support.
His clinical interests include:
Cardiac surgery and adult cardiovascular perfusion
Mechanical circulatory support and transplantation
Blood management and anticoagulation testing
Incorporating High Fidelity Simulation into clinical training
His research interests include:
Novel methods to evaluate anticoagulation function
Inflammatory response of cardiovascular perfusion, specifically on the microvasculature and the blood brain barrier