About Dr. Warren

Dr. Warren Wong

Dr. Warren Wong

 

Caring for patients doesn’t just happen in the hospital.

COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease.  Every day we hear about heroic healthcare workers in hospitals.  As a geriatrician (physician specializing in care of the elderly), I know that caring for patients doesn’t just happen in the hospital.  Almost all care for frail patients is done at home by caregivers, both family and hired.  You are on the frontline, providing care and love, 24 hours a day, year-round.

Now, with the COVID-19 crisis, you are being called upon to do more than ever.    It’s very tough.   Information is confusing and changes daily.  You want to be a calm and effective caregiver, but everyday life has changed dramatically.

The isolation and lack of support for caregivers has frustrated me. Every day, as I see patients, talk with other doctors and keep up with COVID-19 facts, I know that caregivers are on their own.  That is why I have been working as fast as I can to create a website that has clear and practical information for caregivers.

Aloha, I’m Dr. Warren Wong

My dream is to build a community of support for caregivers.   We are stronger when we work together.  I learned this long ago when I worked as a physician in San Francisco at On Lok Senior Health Services, the first location of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Most of my career since then has been in Hawai’i.  I’ve been a frontline Doctor, a Professor, a health care leader and an advocate.  At this especially critical time, my heart tells me to build a community.  We can share information, stand together, support each other and be strong .  Please consider becoming a member.

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Warren Wong, MD

Warren Wong has dedicated his professional life to the care of older adults.   Early in his career he was a physician at On Lok Senior Health Services in San Francisco Chinatown.  On Lok is the original site of the nationally renowned PACE organization (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly).   Dr. Wong went on to develop the geriatrics service at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii.    In that role, he established the Geriatrics consultation service, the nursing home program and home visit program.  He also played an instrumental role in developing palliative care.

Dr. Wong went on to become a physician lead for the organization wide Kaiser Permanente Aging Network and a senior physician consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute.  He designed "Senior Segmentation", a strategy for population care of older adults.

After his career at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wong spent a year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a Merck Fellow.  While at IHI, his primary work was focused on health care system design for older adults who are frail and have complex needs.  System redesign includes many elements that are currently lacking in most health care systems and requires a much stronger integration with community-based services.

Dr. Wong is a Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns University of Hawaii School of Medicine.