Dr. Lisa Wong is a physician, musician, arts advocate and author dedicated to the healing arts of music and medicine. She has been a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates for nearly 30 years and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As a violinist and Past President of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based ensemble of health care providers that combines music, medicine and service, she established the “Healing Art of Music Program” that helps raise awareness and funds for medical nonprofits in the community. In 2012, she published her first book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine with writer Robert Viagas, which chronicles the unique mission and development of the LSO.
Dr. Wong is a lifelong arts education advocate who currently serves on the board of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Leadership Council of Boston Creates and the BPS Arts Initiative. She has previously served on the boards of Massachusetts Cultural Council, Young Audiences of Massachusetts and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. She is a co-founder and Co-Director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School as well as Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH).
Dr. Wong received the 2010 Pinnacle Award from the Mattapan Community Health Center and 2013 Champion for the Arts Award from the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Wheelock College in 2016.
Dr. Wong is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, earned her a.b.,magna cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard in 1979 and M.D. from NYU School of Medicine in 1983. In 2014, she was a visiting scholar in Arts in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has given talks on music and medicine throughout the U.S., England, Canada and Lithuania. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, violinist Lynn Chang. They have two children, Jennifer and Christopher Chang, who are both violists that work for Google.
Dr. Wong joined the board of A Far Cry in 2016.