Dr. Becky Wong is board certified in adult and pediatric anesthesiology and practices anesthesiology at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics and The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, California. She received her medical school degree at The University of California at San Diego and her anesthesia residency and pediatric anesthesia fellowship training at Stanford. She provides anesthesia care for a wide range of ages with a focus on neuroanesthesia. She co-chairs the Neuroanesthesia Special Interest Group in the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. As an Associate Director for Quality Improvement in the Stanford Anesthesia Department, she has a deep interest in improving patient care.

Clinical Focus

  • Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Resident CA1 Lecture Series (2019 - Present)
  • Associate Director of Quality, Anesthesia Multispecialty Division (2020 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) (2010 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology (SPA) (2013 - Present)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) (2014 - Present)
  • Member and alternate delegate, California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) (2020 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: University of California San Diego School of Medicine (2008) CA
  • Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2009) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship (2013) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Anesthesiology Residency (2012) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesia (2014)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesia (2013)

All Publications

  • Perceptions of Use of Names, Recognition of Roles, and Teamwork After Labeling Surgical Caps. JAMA network open Wong, B. J., Nassar, A. K., Earley, M., Chen, L., Roman-Micek, T., Wald, S. H., Shanafelt, T. D., Goldhaber-Fiebert, S. N. 2023; 6 (11): e2341182


    Communication failures in perioperative areas are common and have negative outcomes for both patients and clinicians. Names and roles of teammates are difficult to remember or discern contributing to suboptimal communication, yet the utility of labeled surgical caps with names and roles for enhancing perceived teamwork and connection is not well studied.To evaluate the use of labeled surgical caps in name use and role recognition, as well as teamwork and connection, among interprofessional perioperative teammates.In this quality improvement study, caps labeled with names and roles were distributed to 967 interprofessional perioperative clinicians, along with preimplementation and 6-month postimplementation surveys. Conducted between July 8, 2021, and June 25, 2022, at a single large, academic, quaternary health care center in the US, the study comprised surgeons, anesthesiologists, trainees, and all interprofessional hospital staff who work in adult general surgery perioperative areas.Labeled surgical caps were offered cost-free, although not mandatory, to each interested clinician.Quantitative survey of self-reported frequency for name use and role recognition as well as postimplementation sense of teamwork and connection. The surveys also elicited free response comments.Of the 1483 eligible perioperative clinicians, 967 (65%; 387 physicians and 580 nonphysician staff; 58% female) completed preimplementation surveys and received labeled caps, and 243 of these individuals (51% of physicians and 8% of staff) completed postimplementation surveys. Pre-post results were limited to physicians, due to the low postsurvey staff response rate. The odds of participants reporting that they were often called by their name increased after receiving a labeled cap (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 13.37; 95% CI, 8.18-21.86). On postsurveys, participants reported that caps with names and roles substantially improved teamwork (80%) and connection (79%) with teammates. Participants who reported an increased frequency of being called by their name had higher odds for reporting improved teamwork (AOR, 3.46; 95% CI, 1.91-6.26) and connection with teammates (AOR, 3.21; 95% CI, 1.76-5.84). Free response comments supported the quantitative data that labeled caps facilitated knowing teammates' names and roles and fostered a climate of wellness, teamwork, inclusion, and patient safety.The findings of this quality improvement study performed with interprofessional teammates suggest that organizationally sponsored labeled surgical caps was associated with improved teamwork, indicated by increased name use and role recognition in perioperative areas.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.41182

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  • Innovations in diagnostic and treatment options for pediatric epilepsy and their anesthetic implications. Current opinion in anaesthesiology Chen, M. I., Lee, D., Wong, B. J. 2023


    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an overview of anesthetic techniques for innovative diagnostic and therapeutic epilepsy procedures performed on pediatric patients.RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have been published on the anesthetic consideration for functional MRI, robotic-assisted stereoelectroencephalography, high-intensity focused ultrasound, and magnetoencephalography. These articles describe the anesthesia management, risks, and outcome for these procedures.SUMMARY: The number of diagnostic and treatment options being used for the management of pediatric epilepsy has increased significantly. In the past few years, a handful of articles have been published, which describe the anesthetic considerations for these procedures. These studies are helpful to anesthesiologists who are planning an upcoming anesthetic or who are developing a 'best practice' model for their institution. Because unlike other diagnostic studies, failure to understand what effects anesthetics have on the brain, may negate the utility of the study. Although these new findings can be used to provide some anesthesia practice recommendations for epilepsy procedures in which the best management is still unclear, additional high-quality studies are needed.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/ACO.0000000000001303

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  • Labeled Surgical Caps: A Tool to Improve Perioperative Communication. Anesthesiology Wong, B. J., Nassar, A. K., Goldhaber-Fiebert, S. N. 2022

    View details for DOI 10.1097/ALN.0000000000004192

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  • A Pilot Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Intraoperative MRI Hypothermia in Neurosurgical Patients. Pediatric quality & safety Wong, B. J., Rama, A., Caruso, T. J., Lee, C. K., Wang, E., Chen, M. 2022; 7 (2): e531


    Intraoperative hypothermia increases patient morbidity, including bleeding and infection risk. Neurosurgical intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) can lead to hypothermia from patient exposure and low ambient temperature in the MRI suite. This quality improvement project aimed to reduce the risk of hypothermia during pediatric neurosurgery laser ablation procedures with iMRI. The primary aim was to increase the mean lowest core temperature in pediatric patients with epilepsy during iMRI procedures by 1 °C from a baseline mean lowest core temperature of 34.2 ± 1.2 °C within 10 months and sustain for 10 months.Methods: This report is a single-institution quality improvement project from March 2019 to June 2021, with 21 patients treated at a pediatric hospital. After identifying key drivers, temperature-warming interventions were instituted to decrease hypothermia among patients undergoing iMRI during neurosurgery procedures. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and MRI technologists convened for huddles before each case. Interventions included prewarmed operating rooms (ORs), blanket coverings, MRI table and room; forced-air blanket warming, temperature monitoring in the OR and iMRI environments; and the MRI fan turned off.Results: Data were analyzed for five patients before and nine patients after the institution of the temperature-warming elements. The sustainment period included 15 patients. The mean lowest intraoperative temperature rose from 34.2 ± 1.3 °C in the preintervention period to 35.5 ± 0.6 °C in sustainment (P = 0.004).Conclusion: Hybrid OR and MRI procedures increase hypothermia risk, which increases patient morbidity. Implementation of a multidisciplinary, multi-item strategy for patient warming mitigates the risk.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000531

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  • Anesthesia for the Pediatric Patient With Epilepsy and Minimally Invasive Surgery for Epilepsy CURRENT ANESTHESIOLOGY REPORTS Wong, B. J., Agarwal, R., Chen, M. I. 2021
  • Outcome in young adults who were diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome in childhood and adolescence. Pain reports Wong, B. J., Yoon, I. A., Krane, E. J. 2020; 5 (6): e860


    Introduction: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a neuropathic pain condition of unknown etiology. Little is known of long-term outcomes of young adults who were diagnosed with CRPS as children.Methods: In this study, surveys were mailed to adults who were treated for childhood CRPS at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital between 1994 and 2018. Completed surveys were analyzed for pain symptoms. Health-related quality-of-life surveys, the Optum SF-8, were analyzed based on norm-based scoring.Results: This study had a 50% response rate. Patients were treated with physical and occupational therapy, peripheral or sympathetic nerve blocks, medication for neuropathic pain, and psychotherapy. Sixty-eight percent of the subjects reported pain. Each 1-year increase in the patient's age at the time of CRPS diagnosis increased the odds of having at least mild pain as an adult by 61% (P = 0.005). Most patients had slightly lower quality-of-life scores than the US population average in both the mental component score (43.4, 95%, confidence interval 3.4) and the physical component score (44.4, 95%, confidence interval 3.3).Conclusions: Young adults in our sample had long-lasting pain symptoms. More than two-thirds of adult patients reported some degree of pain, and these patients had a lower quality of life. Encouraging was that the majority did not have CRPS spreading to other areas, and their pain did not warrant further treatment. Understanding long-term outcomes may lead to risk stratification earlier in the disease to improve future quality of life.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000860

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  • Long-term Outcome of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Diagnosed and Treated in Childhood and Adolescence Wong, B., Krane, E. J. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2020: 608–9
  • COVID-19: Common Critical and Practical Questions. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Sastry, S. G., Wong, B. J., Deng, A., Wald, S. H., Pearl, R. G., Tsui, B. C. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004938

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  • N95 Respirator Alternatives And Conservation Strategies. Anesthesia and analgesia Wong, B. J., Lu, A. C., Tarlow, B. D., Tompkins, L. S., Chawla, A. n., Pearl, R. G., Wald, S. H. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005134

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  • Resuscitation on collapsed healthcare worker while taking care of suspected or confirmed COVID patient: Questions and Answers. Anesthesia and analgesia Lu, A. C., Wong, B. J., Sastry, S. G., Wald, S. H., Pearl, R. G., Tsui, B. C. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005136

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  • Transition to Practice in Anesthesiology: Survey Results of Practicing Anesthesiologists on Their Experience. The journal of education in perioperative medicine : JEPM Kuza, C. M., Harbell, M. W., Malinzak, E. B., Goff, K. L., Bicket, M. C., Ifeanyi-Pillette, I. C., Wong, B. J., Khanna, A. K. 2019; 21 (2): E619


    To assess the experiences and attitudes of practicing anesthesiologists on practice/business management training received during residency and transitioning to practice through an online survey.An online survey, consisting of 39 questions developed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Young Physicians, was emailed to 2 6551 practicing US anesthesiologists who were ASA members.Questions about individuals' demographic information, transition to practice (TTP) experiences, medical business training, and TTP curricula in residency were included. Results were reported as descriptive statistics.A total of 1199 responses were obtained (response rate 4.5%), and68% reported working in private practice over an average of 17 years. Those practicing ≤ 10 years were more likely to have a TTP curriculum in residency compared to those in practice ≥ 11 years. Common problems reported by many participants regarding TTP included: lack of effective mentorship, inadequate residency curricula/education, and an unfamiliarity with available resources.Although medical business practice education is now required by training programs, there is room for improvement in education. One potential solution is establishing TTP curricula in residency programs, which emphasize the business aspects of medicine and practice management, thus easing trainees from a training to practice environment.

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  • Association of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and glucose variability with morbidity and death in the pediatric intensive care unit PEDIATRICS Wintergerst, K. A., Buckingham, B., Gandrud, L., Wong, B. J., Kache, S., Wilson, D. M. 2006; 118 (1): 173-179


    We evaluated retrospectively plasma glucose levels and the degree of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and glucose variability in a PICU and then assessed their association with hospital length of stay and mortality rates.Electronic medical records at the Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University were reviewed retrospectively for all PICU admissions between March 1, 2003, and March 31, 2004. Patients with a known diagnosis of diabetes mellitus were excluded. The prevalence of hyperglycemia was defined with cutoff values of 110, 150, and 200 mg/dL. Hypoglycemia was defined as < or = 65 mg/dL. Glucose variability was assessed with a calculated glucose variability index.In 13 months, 1094 eligible admissions generated 18865 glucose values (median: 107 mg/dL; range: 13-1839 mg/dL). Patients in the highest maximal glucose quintile had a significantly longer median PICU length of stay, compared with those in the lowest quintile (7.5 days vs 1 day). Mortality rates increased as patients' maximal glucose levels increased, reaching 15.2% among patients with the greatest degree of hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia was also prevalent, with 18.6% of patients (182 of 980 patients) having minimal glucose levels of < or = 65 mg/dL. There was an increased median PICU length of stay (9.5 days vs 1 day) associated with glucose values in the lowest minimal quintile, compared with those in the highest quintile. Hypoglycemia was correlated with mortality rates; 16.5% of patients with glucose levels of < or = 65 mg/dL died. Glucose variability also was associated with increased length of stay and mortality rates. In multivariate logistic regression analyses, glucose variability, taken with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, showed the strongest association with mortality rates.Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia were prevalent in the PICU. Hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and, in particular, increased glucose variability were associated with increased morbidity (length of stay) and mortality rates.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/peds.2005-1819

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  • Sequence-resolved detecton of pausing by single RNA polymerase molecules CELL Herbert, K. M., La Porta, A., Wong, B. J., Mooney, R. A., Neuman, K. C., Landick, R., Block, S. M. 2006; 125 (6): 1083-1094


    Transcriptional pausing by RNA polymerase (RNAP) plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression. Defined, sequence-specific pause sites have been identified biochemically. Single-molecule studies have also shown that bacterial RNAP pauses frequently during transcriptional elongation, but the relationship of these "ubiquitous" pauses to the underlying DNA sequence has been uncertain. We employed an ultrastable optical-trapping assay to follow the motion of individual molecules of RNAP transcribing templates engineered with repeated sequences carrying imbedded, sequence-specific pause sites of known regulatory function. Both the known and ubiquitous pauses appeared at reproducible locations, identified with base-pair accuracy. Ubiquitous pauses were associated with DNA sequences that show similarities to regulatory pause sequences. Data obtained for the lifetimes and efficiencies of pauses support a model where the transition to pausing branches off of the normal elongation pathway and is mediated by a common elemental state, which corresponds to the ubiquitous pause.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2006.04.032

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