Hong Wu, MD, PhD

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Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Professor, Department of Pathology

Director, Dermatopathology

Melanoma and Skin Cancer TRDG Member


Treatment Focus


Treatment Philosophy

I joined the Department of Pathology at Fox Chase in 2000, after finishing a dermatopathology fellowship and a pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. I chose pathology because it is a critical field in patient care. Cancer patients face extremely challenging treatment decisions. I truly believe that an accurate pathologic diagnosis is the first step toward appropriate clinical management. My many years of experience in a leading cancer center has given me the opportunity to study complex pathologic conditions, benefiting from the constant exposure to difficult cases, continuous learning from world-renowned pathologists within our department, and ever enriching academic exchanges with my clinical colleagues. A pathologist is first and foremost a physician, not a mere morphologist. I believe in the multi-disciplinary approach to patient treatment, with the pathologist being an integral part of the physician team.

My clinical interests are in skin pathology, particularly melanoma, skin lymphomas and other skin cancers. Another important reason for me to choose pathology as a specialty is the opportunity to study the pathogenesis of diseases. Understanding the cause or origin of a disease such as cancer, allows us, as physicians, the ability to develop strategies to prevent its occurrence, slow or stop its progression. My research interests are in skin lymphomas, melanoma and the impact of host immune factors in the prognosis of melanoma.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Dermatopathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Resident, Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • PhD, Microbiology, Peking Union Medical College, Bejing, China, 1992
  • MD, Peking Union Medical College, Bejing, China, 1987


  • American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Dermatopathology


  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Medical Association
  • College of American Pathologists
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Skin lymphomas
  • Melanoma
  • Impact of host immune factors in the prognosis of melanoma

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