Raymond Kah-Meng Wong

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Program Director, Perfusion Sciences

Raymond Kah-Meng Wong

Academic / Professional Bio: 

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

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
Board Certifications: 
Certified Clinical Perfusionist, American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusionists (2001)