As a teenager, Alan Wong spent his afternoons volunteering in a neuroscience lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, helping map serotonin pathways in the brains of mice.
Some 30 years later, Dr. Wong is back at Mount Sinai, this time as chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, helping oversee 900 physicians. He succeeds Dr Adhi Sharma, who in September was appointed president of the hospital, which has 3,500 staff.
Wong joins the 455-bed hospital amid its $400 million construction program, including expansion of its main facility in Oceanside and a $40 million medical arts pavilion in Long Beach.
“It’s a really exciting time,” he said. “We are extending the excellent care provided at the main Mount Sinai campus.”
Previously, Wong served as vice president for patient safety, director of quality and director of internal medicine at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Center.
Wong is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care, neuro-critical care, and hospice and palliative care. He attended medical school at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also earned a master’s degree in business administration. He did his residency and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island in Mineola.
Wong said once he settles into his new leadership role, he plans to work occasional shifts in the intensive care unit.
Wong’s qualifications and personality “checked all the boxes” the hospital was looking for, Sharma said. He’s “a very calm person who is team-oriented, mission-oriented and…would align very well with the culture here at Mount Sinai South Nassau,” Sharma said.
Wong, 47, lives in Syosset with her children, aged 14 and 15. He grew up in New York, the youngest of three children. His parents immigrated from Hong Kong; his father ran the kitchen at his uncle’s restaurant and his mother went from typist to assistant vice president at a major bank, he said.
He said he had fond memories of his time volunteering at Mount Sinai, where he researched for the competition now known as the Regeneron Science Talent Search as a student at Bronx High School of Science. .
But while he enjoyed the research, he said: “I just felt like I was more of a bedside person, interacting with patients was more my calling.”