Raymond Kah-Meng Wong

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Program Director, Perfusion Sciences

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.

Research Interests: 

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

Board Certifications: 
Certified Clinical Perfusionist, American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusionists (2001)
Degrees: 
PhD: Physiological Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2001
Graduate Certificate: Perfusion Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1998
MS: Physiological Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1998
BS: Biomedical Engineering, summa cum laude, L.C. Smith College of Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1993
Honors and Awards: 
Vernon and Virginia Furrow Excellence in Teaching Award, Fall 2017