Brian Wong


Dr. Brian Wong is Vice-Chairman and professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, professor of surgery and Chief and Fellowship Director for the division of facial plastic surgery at UCI School of Medicine.  He holds a joint appointment as a professor of biomedical engineering at the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

Dr. Wong is interested in facial beauty, revision rhinoplasty and trauma reconstruction. Dr. Wong pioneered the use of lasers in aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery and has advanced the field of rhinoplasty and inspired new methods of addressing vascular malformations. He currently serves as a team doctor handling maxilla-facial trauma for athletic teams at UCI, Concordia University and other local schools.

His research also includes thermoviscoelasticity and shape change in cartilage tissue and wound healing.  At UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, he supervises post-doctoral fellows, research specialists, residents and medical students. Dr. Wong is also the principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

Dr. Wong has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and serves on the editorial board of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and Lasers in Medical Science. Dr. Wong has also been an editorial consultant for more than ten journals and has served on numerous study sections for the NIH.

Dr. Wong has received numerous awards including: the Mentored Clinical Scientist Award from NIH (1998), Sir Harold Delf Gillies Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1998), Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (2001) and Clinical Innovator Award from the Fight Attendant Medical Research Institute (2003). Dr. Wong is the recipient of substantial support from extramural agencies, including the Department of Defense, State of California and U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Wong earned his B.S. from University of Southern California in biomedical engineering, his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Wong also spent one year at Oxford University’s Wolfson College as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.

Research Interests
+ Cartilage reshaping
+ Optical imaging
+ Tissue engineering
+ Laser ablation
+ Facial plastic surgery