Stephanie Wong, MD, receives Young Investigator Grant from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine


SAN FRANCISCO  (Nov. 7, 2023) – The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Wong, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, was recently awarded the prestigious Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). This grant provides essential support for Dr. Wong's research in hip preservation and orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Wong's research project, titled "Sex Differences in FAIS Hip Synovium Leading to Differences in Outcomes," falls under the category of basic science. The Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant is designed to promote both clinical and basic science research among early-career principal investigators, offering financial support of up to $40,000. This grant opportunity aims to empower early-career surgeons like Dr. Wong to take the lead in developing research hypotheses, designing experiments, conducting research, and interpreting results, all while benefiting from the guidance of an experienced supervisor and investigative team.

Dr. Wong's selection for this grant demonstrates her commitment to advancing the field of orthopaedic surgery and her dedication to improving the care of athletes and active individuals of all ages and abilities. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) shares the same mission and core values as Dr. Wong, aiming to be the premier global sports medicine organization that represents the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and healthcare professionals who provide comprehensive health services for athletes and active individuals.

"Dr. Wong's groundbreaking research will undoubtedly contribute to the broader knowledge base in orthopaedic surgery," said Dr. Brian Feeley, chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder service at UCSF. "Her research will not only benefit the academic community but also athletes and individuals across the world. The AOSSM's selection of Dr. Wong as a grant recipient is a testament to her potential to make significant contributions to the field."

About Stephanie Wong, MD

Dr. Stephanie Wong is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in sports medicine and hip arthroscopy. She specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of hip, shoulder, and knee injuries. Her clinical expertise includes hip labral tears, FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), and gluteal tendon tears, and hamstring injuries. In the knee and shoulder, she treats a variety of conditions including ACL injuries, meniscus tears, knee cartilage issues, shoulder instability, and rotator cuff tears. Her goals are to help her patients return to the lifestyle and activities they enjoy.

Dr. Wong has experience in caring for athletes of all skill levels and ages. She has served as the team physician for high school football teams in the Bay Area and Chicago, as well as an assistant team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Steel hockey team.

She has published numerous research articles, including studies on ACL injuries, rotator cuff tears, and outcomes after shoulder replacement surgery. Her interests include patient-reported outcomes research to guide decision-making about surgery. One of her passions is inspiring young women to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery and medicine.

Dr. Wong graduated cum laude from University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in physiological science. She earned her medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of California Davis School of Medicine. She completed orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of California San Francisco, where she received the UCSF Great Experience Award for going above and beyond to create wonderful experiences and excellent care for patients and their families. Following residency, she completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University in Chicago.

Fluent in conversational Cantonese, Dr. Wong grew up in San Ramon and Danville, CA. She enjoys skiing and exploring national parks.

Dr. Wong will be seeing patients at both the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute on the Mission Bay campus in San Francisco and at the Berkeley Outpatient Center.