University of Vermont

216th Commencement Ceremonies - May 20 and 21, 2017

Honorary Degree Recipient

Patrick Wong
Doctor of Science

Patrick WongPatrick Wong received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Vermont in 1975. Mentored by lipid biochemist and former UVM associate professor of biochemistry Roy Wuthier, Ph.D., it was in working with Professor Wuthier while a doctoral student at UVM’s College of Medicine that he discovered a class of lipids now known as prostaglandins in bone and cartilage.

Dr. Wong is a pioneer in elucidating the role of prostaglandins in inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. A consummate researcher, Dr. Wong is credited with twenty discrete discoveries related to eicosanoids, prostaglandins, lipoxygenase products, RNA, and others. For more than 30 years, his research in eicosanoids and clinical pharmacology was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. He has more than 135 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is the chief editor of several books and monographs on prostaglandin and leukotriene investigation. He has trained many prominent scientists, researchers, and medical doctors. During his course of research in eicosanoids, Dr. Wong discovered five new molecules with potent biological activities. One of the molecules, 6Keto-PGE1, a metabolide of prostacyclin, is now being developed into an anti-platelet and anti-stroke agent with potent therapeutic value.

Dr. Wong joined the faculty of New York Medical College in 1979, leaving in 1994 to become professor and chair of cell biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He returned to New York Medical College in 2002 and became Professor Emeritus in 2005. Dr. Wong has served twice as a Fogarty Senior International Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, working with Nobel Laureate Professor Bengt Samuelsson at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Karolinska Institute Research Medal, a prestigious prize for outstanding research in medical education.

In 2015, Dr. Wong received the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to an alumnus or alumna from the College of Medicine’s doctorate or master’s degree program who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical, or applied research; education; industry; or public service/humanitarianism; or who has shown outstanding commitment to the College of Medicine community.

Dr. Wong has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2001 he founded Bioprost Pharmaceuticals, LLC, in the United States and continues to serve as its chairman. He is a sought-after advisor and innovator, and is currently engaged in a large biomedical research and clinical project in China that has significant collaborative opportunities worldwide. He also founded Nobel Forum, USA, a nonprofit organization to promote the advances of science and medicine in China and around the world. Dr. Wong’s dedication to scientific discovery and pursuit of advancements for human health distinguish him as an exemplary researcher, scholar, educator, and humanitarian.

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