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Susan P. Y. Wong, MD, MS
Title: Core Investigator
Staff Nephrologist
Associate Professor, Nephrology at the University of Washington
Location: Seattle
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See Dr. Wong's Dimensions profile that includes: publications, grants, datasets, patents and clinical trials
I lead a research program on treatment practices for patients with advanced kidney disease, including kidney replacement therapy, conservative kidney management without dialysis, palliative care, and end-of-life care. My work encompasses developing interventions that promote more patient-centered approaches to healthcare delivery.
I believe deeply in the VA’s mission to put the patient at the center of care practices and policies. It’s an incredible honor to do work that helps to support this mission.
The VA is always seeking better ways of providing care to its Veterans and has been a source of inspiration to other health systems of innovative models of care. My hope is that my research will generate evidence-based models of care for kidney disease that will improve care experiences and outcomes for patients.

The following images visualize Dr. Wong's work. The word cloud is drawn from publication titles. The research collaboration map shows research relationships (click the image to enlarge):

Dr. Wong's publication titles indicate his primary work is care of Veterans
Word cloud from pub titles
Dr. Wong's collaborations are primarily from the University of Washington
Research collaboration map
The following research fields have been used to summarize Dr. Wong's publications and grants. The categories are based on 40 publications and 1 grants.
Publications Grants
Clinical Research Health Services
Kidney Disease Behavioral and Social Science
Behavioral and Social Science Clinical Research
Aging Kidney Disease
Mental Health  
Health Services  
Patient Safety  
Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities  
Violence Research  
Basic Behavioral and Social Science  

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Recent Publications



Johansen KL, Chertow GM, Gilbertson DT, Ishani A, Israni A, Ku E, Li S, Li S, Liu J, Obrador GT, Schulman I, Chan K, Abbott KC, O'Hare AM, Powe NR, Roetker NS, Scherer JS, St Peter W, Snyder J, Winkelmayer WC, Wong SPY, Wetmore JB. US Renal Data System 2022 Annual Data Report: Epidemiology of Kidney Disease in the United States. Am J Kidney Dis. 2023 Mar;81(3S1):A8-A11. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2022.12.001. PMID: 36822739.
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Liu CK, Taffel L, Russell M, Wong SPY, Russell H, Vig EK. Decision-making about dialysis: Beyond just dialysis or death. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18256. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36790053.
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Wong SPY, Oestreich T, Prince DK, Curtis JR. A Patient Decision Aid About Conservative Kidney Management in Advanced Kidney Disease: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Am J Kidney Dis. 2023 Feb 3:S0272-6386(23)00065-3. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2022.12.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36740038.
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Wong SPY, Oestreich T, Chandler B, Curtis JR. Using Human-Centered Design Principles to Create a Decision Aid on Conservative Kidney Management for Advanced Kidney Disease. Kidney360. 2022 May 11;3(7):1242-1252. doi: 10.34067/KID.0000392022. PMCID: PMC9337892. PMID: 35919540.
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Jennerich AL, Brown CE, Khandelwal N, Sharma RK, Wong SPY. Mentoring women well: Perspectives of junior physician-scientists on what it really takes. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Jun;63(6):e649-e650. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.02.010. PMID: 35595381.
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Butler CR, O'Hare AM, Wong SPY. Supporting scholarship in palliative care across the medical specialties. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Jun;63(6):e665-e666. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.02.007. PMID: 35595386.
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Wong SPY, Foglia MB, Cohen J, Oestreich T, O'Hare AM. The VA Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative: A qualitative analysis of veterans with advanced kidney disease. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 Apr 18. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17807. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35435246.
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Eneanya ND, Lakin JR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lindvall C, Moseley ET, Henault L, Hanchate AD, Mandel EI, Wong SPY, Zupanc SN, Davis AD, El-Jawahri A, Quintiliani LM, Chang Y, Waikar SS, Bansal AD, Schell JO, Lundquist AL, Tamura MK, Yu MK, Unruh ML, Argyropoulos C, Germain MJ, Volandes A. Video Images about Decisions for Ethical Outcomes in Kidney Disease (VIDEO-KD): the study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2022 Apr 8;12(4):e059313. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059313. PMID: 35396311
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Wong SPY. Mixed Methods Research To Advance Nephrology. Kidney360. 2021 Mar 17;2(6):1011-1014. doi: 10.34067/KID.0005972020. PMCID: PMC8791383. PMID: 35373085
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Wong SPY, Rubenzik T, Zelnick L, Davison SN, Louden D, Oestreich T, Jennerich AL. Long-term Outcomes Among Patients With Advanced Kidney Disease Who Forgo Maintenance Dialysis: A Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Mar 1;5(3):e222255. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.2255. PMID: 35285915
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Thorsteinsdottir B, Espinoza Suarez NR, Curtis S, Beck AT, Hargraves I, Shaw K, Wong SPY, Hickson LJ, Boehmer KR, Amberg B, Dahlen E, Wirtz C, Albright RC, Kumbamu A, Tilburt JC, Sutton EJ. Older Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease and Their Perspectives on Prognostic Information: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jan 26. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07176-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35083651
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House TR, Wightman A, Rosenberg AR, Sayre G, Abdel-Kader K, Wong SPY. Challenges to Shared Decision Making About Treatment of Advanced CKD: A Qualitative Study of Patients and Clinicians. Am J Kidney Dis. 2021 Oct 18:S0272-6386(21)00919-7. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2021.08.021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34673161

Butler CR, O'Hare AM, Kestenbaum BR, Sayre GG, Wong SPY. An Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2021 Jun 1;32(6):1275-1278. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2021040473. Epub 2021 May 26. PMID: 34039668.

House TR, Wong SPY. What Is the "Maintenance" in Maintenance Dialysis? Am J Kidney Dis. 2021 May 12:S0272-6386(21)00564-3. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2021.04.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33992470.

Butler CR, Wong SPY, Vig EK, et al. Professional roles and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study among US clinicians. BMJ Open 2021;11:e047782. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047782.



Butler CR, Wong SPY, Wightman AG, O'Hare AM. US Clinicians' Experiences and Perspectives on Resource Limitation and Patient Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Nov 2;3(11):e2027315. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.27315. PMCID: PMC7648254. PMID: 33156349.

Oestreich T, Sayre G, O'Hare AM, Curtis JR, Wong SPY. Perspectives on Conservative Care in Advanced Kidney Disease: A Qualitative Study of US Patients and Family Members. Am J Kidney Dis. 2020 Sep 30:S0272-6386(20)31007-6. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2020.07.026. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33010356.

O'Hare AM, Butler CR, Taylor JS, Wong SPY, Vig EK, Laundry RS, Wachterman MW, Hebert PL, Liu CF, Rios-Burrows N, Richards CA. Thematic Analysis of Hospice Mentions in the Health Records of Veterans with Advanced Kidney Disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2020 Nov;31(11):2667-2677. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2020040473. Epub 2020 Aug 6. PMCID: PMC7608965. PMID: 32764141.

Ramer SJ, Baddour NA, Siew ED, Salat H, Bian A, Stewart TG, Wong SPY, Jhamb M, Abdel-Kader K. Nephrology Provider Surprise Question Response and Hospitalizations in Older Adults with Advanced CKD. Am J Nephrol. 2020;51(8):641-649. doi: 10.1159/000509046. Epub 2020 Jul 28. PMID: 32721980.

Hsu S, Wong SPY. Reconciling Short- and Long-Term Outcomes of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Patients undergoing Maintenance Dialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2020 Feb 7;15(2):165-167. doi: 10.2215/CJN.14121119. Epub 2020 Jan 7. PMCID: PMC7015081. PMID: 31911424.

Butler CR, Vig EK, O'Hare AM, Liu CF, Hebert PL, Wong SPY. Ethical Concerns in the Care of Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease: a National Retrospective Study, 2000-2011. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr;35(4):1035-1043. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05466-w. Epub 2019 Oct 25. PMCID: PMC7174459. PMID: 31654358.

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Awards, Honors

 Honor Awarded to Dr. Susan P. Wong
1 February 2021 - Dr. Susan Wong has been given an award for her work on a quality improvement project that is working with the VA Seattle Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program to improve access and delivery of home-based primary care to Veterans with advanced kidney disease.