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Susan Wong
July 20, 2020

Dr. Susan Wong, 2020 recipient, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides grants to early-career physician scientists pursuing independent clinical research careers.
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award 

Project title: “Promoting Goal Concordant Care among Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease”

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides grants to early-career physician scientists pursuing independent clinical research careers.

Dr. Wong is assistant professor of medicine with University of Washington Division of Nephrology. Her recent honors include the National Palliative Care Research Center Pilot/Exploratory Grant, the VA HSRD Award for Best Research Paper, and the NIH-NIDDK K23 Career Development Award. Dr. Wong is an ediorial board member of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

17 physician scientists were chosen to receive a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award of $495,000 over three years. A panel of distinguished experts in the medical field chose these physician scientists from a pool of 208 applicants through a thorough, multistage review process.

Faced with the competing demands of both caring for patients and conducting research, physician scientists often experience a more challenging transition to an independent research career than other researchers. Through this award, these critical contributors to the field are able to protect and dedicate 75% of their professional time towards clinical research. 

“We are thrilled to announce our support of these physician scientists and their important medical research at a crucial stage in their careers,” said Betsy Myers, program director for medical research at DDCF. “The insights they bring to clinical research from their direct interactions with patients are indispensable to the field. We look forward to seeing both how their careers develop over the long term and their research contributes to improvements in human health.”

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, child well-being and medical research, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

The foundation’s Medical Research Program supports clinical research that advances the translation of biomedical discoveries into new preventions, diagnoses and treatments for human diseases. To learn more about the program, visit