Shale Wong, MD, MSPH, is a pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is Director of Child Health Policy and Education for the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Wong strives to improve children’s health through medical education, health policy and clinical care. She co-founded CU LEADS— an innovative curricular program designed to promote leadership, education, advocacy, development, and scholarship for medical students. CU LEADS inspires new leadership in health care, focusing on social determinants of health and developing advocates who are empowered to improve the health of communities through service, collaboration, civic engagement and public policy.
Dr. Wong served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of Let’s Move!, a national initiative to prevent childhood obesity, and assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve health and wellness of military families. Wong was additionally a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Throughout her clinical practice, Dr. Wong has cared for children from underserved and vulnerable populations in safety net hospitals, community health centers, and academic clinical settings. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for CU LEADS.
Dr. Wong received her B.A. in modern dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.D. from the University of Utah, School of Medicine and M.S.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She was a primary care research fellow and also RWJF health policy fellow with the Institute of Medicine. A lifelong dancer, Wong is inspired to advance health through the arts.