Hector Wong dead and obituary – Hector Wong cause of death

Completely blindsided by the sudden death of Hector Wong. He was an incredible leader, colleague, and person who most significantly impacted my career over the past three years. My heart goes out to his family in this time of grief.

Every year, 1.2 million children develop sepsis. The enormous but underappreciated public health burden secondary to sepsis motivates me to research and care for this life-threatening disease.

I am speechless. Hector was a tireless advocate for physician scientists at @CincyChildrens. He was incredibly generous with his time to me, and wrote a letter of support for my first R01 application. My heart goes out to his family and his @CincyKidsPCCM colleagues

In critical care medicine, we are in a unique position to observe what is happening at the bedside and bring that information back to the lab for formal hypothesis testing—and vice versa. In 2018, I received the National Institutes of Health Maximize Investigator Award for this.

In my lab, we develop tools to unravel the complexities of sepsis so we can bring precision medicine to the bedside of critically ill children. Our work is supported by a robust repository of biological samples and clinical data from children with sepsis. Virtually all of our current and planned laboratory-based research efforts are driven by discoveries generated from our clinical and biological database of children with sepsis.

Every day my team and I have the opportunity to positively impact outcomes for the sickest children.

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