Michelle Wong


Hematopathologist, Clinical Associate Professor


Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital, Fraser Health Authority

Tell us about your role as a clinical faculty member at UBC?

I am a Hematopathologist practicing in the diverse and busy Fraser Health Authority.

Best part of your job?

The wide variety of roles that are part of my job! As a pathologist, I get to diagnose bone marrow disorders including leukemia and lymphoma. Within the field of pathology, we have patient contact that I value as we procure the bone marrow aspirate and biopsy specimens, so hopefully we can make a stressful event more pleasant for the patient. We also get to diagnose bleeding disorders, thalassemia/hemoglobinopathy conditions and we manage the blood bank and help our fellow clinicians with difficult transfusion medicine cases as well.

Who inspires you and why?

Michelle Obama – she has led a very interesting life, promotes social conscience and has stayed true to herself throughout it all.

What excites you about your job?

I love teaching! I am very happy that I get to share knowledge and expose students to the interesting field of Hematopathology and Hematology. Luckily, with the expansion of the medical school and UBC Faculty of Medicine, we have a number of medical students, residents and fellows who rotate and train with us throughout the year.

Best advice for students:

Stay curious and always be open to learning no matter what stage of career you are at!

How do you like to recharge?

We may love our jobs, but it is important to have a balance. I stay grounded and recharged by spending quality time with family and friends. And I really enjoy reading, cooking, exercising, especially skiing, and spending time on Galiano Island.