Clayton Chong, MD, MPH
Medical Director & Chief of Oncology
A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Clayton Chong entered the University of Hawai‘i in 1972, and instead of earning a bachelor’s degree, he walked out with a Doctor of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Chong did his medical internship and residency under Irwin J. Schatz, MD, at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and his fellowship at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Medical Oncology. Years later—in 2008—he earned his Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He was named Outstanding Physician of the Year at The Queen’s Medical Center in 2014.
Dr. Chong has served as Associate professor of medicine at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at JABSOM and was a QMC trustee from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he became the chief of the Department of Oncology at Queen’s, and has served as medical director of the Queen’s Cancer Center since it opened in 2007.
Dr. Chong’s vision for cancer care is broad. “To focus strictly on the clinical treatment of a specific cancer lacks vision,” he says, noting that in Hawai‘i, we have a prevalence of unique types of cancers, and that Native Hawaiians have among the highest mortality in certain types of cancers. “My philosophy is to simply provide the best care for everyone, regardless of race, income, or social status. By providing the best possible care for everyone, we have a genuine chance of making progress against these and other cancer trends.”
“We’re still learning,” he concluded. “We must remember that cancer treatment is not just a service—it is an all-encompassing endeavor. With the Queen’s Cancer Center vision, we can and will continue to be on the leading edge and go further than anyone ever expected.”
Education & Training
Medical School: University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency: University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
- National Board of Medical Examiners
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Board of Medical Oncology
Fellowships: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Medical Oncology