My decision to become a physician is more than just a career choice. It was a calling to promote wellness, provide guidance and support patients and their family members during their time of need.
Wai K. Park, D.O., brings a passion for genetics research and a veteran caregiver’s empathy to her position as clinical geneticist at City of Hope.
Dr. Park trained as a registered nurse and spent over a decade excelling in that arena, handling medical, surgical and telemetry units and also coordinating care for dialysis patients.
She then pursued a science degree at California State University Los Angeles, followed by Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine training at Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, California, residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, and clinical genetics and genomics residency at University of California Irvine.
Dr. Park strongly believes that genetics holds the key to preventing, detecting and treating cancer. “Understanding the underlying genetic changes that predispose someone to the development of cancer,” she says, “not only opens the door to individualized treatment options, but also may help identify other family members at risk.”
The bilingual (English, Burmese) Dr. Park has firsthand experience with City of Hope: a loved one was treated here. “The compassionate care combined with leading-edge, high-quality patient care at City of Hope left a tremendous impression on me,” she said. “I consider it a privilege to join the team as a provider in the fight against cancer.”
2011-2015, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA
2003-2007, B.S., Biology, California State University of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
2000-2003, A.A.S., Nursing, City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
2018-2020, Resident, Clinical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
2016-2018, Internal Medicine Residency, Kaiser Permanente Fontana, CA
2015-2016, Internship, Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA
2021-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2007-2011, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Peritoneal Dialysis Center of America
2003-2008, Registered Nurse, Monterey Park Hospital, CA
Kyaw W, Noh G, Troung H. Case Report: Schinzel Giedion Syndrome. Neonatology Today. 2018:13(10):14-15.
Pham J, Kyaw W, Pambukhchian K, Arakai C. “Bronchial stent placement to treat bronchial stenosis from medication aspiration.” Poster presented at ACP Southern California Regional Scientific Meeting; Sept 16th, 2017; Marina del Rey, California.
Kyaw W, Le T. “T-cell large granular lymphocyte leukemia as an uncommon cause of anemia.” Poster presented at ACP Southern California Regional Scientific Meeting; Oct 22nd, 2016; San Diego, California. Awarded 3rd Place.