Dr. Lisa M. Wong is a pediatrician, musician, and author who incorporates music into her daily life and into the daily care of patients. Dr. Wong feels that access to the arts is critical to the development of the whole child, and is an advocate for music education for all children. Here life’s goal is to promote the re-integration of the creative arts into all aspects of medicine: through curriculum change in medical schools, and increased use and awareness of the arts in healthcare settings and hospitals on the regional, national and international level.
After graduating from Harvard, NYU Medical School and pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wong joined Milton Pediatric Associates in 1986. Founded in 1967, Milton Pediatric Associates is a single-specialty practice with offices in Boston and Braintree that cares for families from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. As member of the Radcliffe Mentor Program for 18 years, she also mentors Harvard women who are pursuing their premedical studies at Harvard while continuing their musical or visual arts.
Beyond pediatrics, the focus of Dr. Wong’s career has been on the intersection between arts and sciences. She has served for twenty years as President of Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a 90-member ensemble composed primarily of faculty, students and staff from the healthcare professions. The orchestra brings Boston’s community of caregivers together in a unique way: LSO’s musicians represent three medical schools and eighteen hospitals. Every LSO concert is a partnership with a health-related nonprofit organization and every chamber music performance in the community demonstrates the healing power of music to patient, caregiver and medical musician. Dr. Wong also serves on the board of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts and helped start the Bring Back the Music program, which revitalized in-class instrumental music instruction in the Boston public schools. She is author of the celebrated book Scales to Scapels, concerning the intersection of music and medicine.