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In Memoriam: W. Douglas Wong, M.D. – 1948-2011
Dr. W. Douglas Wong
Dr. W. Douglas Wong

We are deeply saddened to report that ASCRS past president (2007 – 2008), W. Douglas Wong, M.D., died on Thursday, January 20, 2011, as a result of a progressive degenerative neurological illness. Doug was born in 1948 in Brandon, Canada, a small town in Manitoba settled in part by Chinese immigrants after completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1885. Doug often spoke of his family’s roots and recounted with justified pride their history of overcoming discrimination and difficult times to succeed in Canada.

The love of Doug’s life was Sola. As a young nursing student, she had emigrated from her home in Hong Kong to Canada. She and Doug met in Winnipeg where he was then a first year medical student at the University of Manitoba. They were married in 1970. After obtaining his MD degree in 1972, Doug completed his internship and general surgical training also at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Their three children, Melissa, Valerie and Richard were born during his residency. 

Doug established a general surgical practice in 1977 in Steinbach, Manitoba. As the first surgeon in the town of 7,000 people with a drawing area of 20,000, he was soon extremely busy and constantly in demand. He decided to pursue further training in colorectal surgery and enrolled in the University of Minnesota colon and rectal surgery residency training program in 1983 after which he practiced in Calgary until 1987. He then returned to Minnesota to join the faculty of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Doug quickly established himself as a world expert in colorectal surgery and was a pioneer in staging rectal cancer by the use of endorectal ultrasonography. He developed a large practice in St. Paul, pursued his many academic interests and assumed leadership positions in the ASCRS and other professional societies. Doug especially enjoyed teaching and served as the residency program director for the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1992 until 1997.

After being offered a leadership position at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Doug and Sola moved to New York City. Doug was delighted as his three children were married and soon provided Sola and him the great joy of grandchildren. Doug was awarded the Stuart H. Q. Quan Chair in Colorectal Surgery at MSKCC and for the past ten years, has been the much respected and loved Chief of the Colorectal Surgery service. His colorectal surgical colleagues at MSKCC offered this tribute to their leader. “Doug Wong was a strong force in the ASCRS; an admired leader in the international community of surgeons; a proud husband, father and grandfather; and a man of unshakeable goodness, quiet grace, and true wisdom. He was a magnificent teacher, a trusted friend, and a superb doctor. His dedication to the things he loved—his work, his friends, and his family—was inspiring to us all.”

Those of us fortunate to have known and worked with Doug echo those sentiments. His great, quiet inner strength, his determination to make the world a better place and his unwavering kindness and integrity serve as a model for each of us to emulate. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Sola as well as to Melissa and Will, Valerie and Mike, Richard and Leah, and the grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

David A. Rothenberger, MD
January 23, 2011

Links to his ASCRS Mentor Award and his 2008 Presidential Address, “Cherish the Past, Prepare for the Future,” are given below.

Click here to view Dr. Wong’s Mentor Award

Click here to view Dr. Wong’s Presidential Address 

Click here to view Dr. Wong’s Presidential Address (Video)