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William Yong, MD


William Yong, MD

UCLA Physician William Yong, MD specializes in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology.
Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 825-7230 Information
(310) 825-8269 Office
Email Address

UCLA Pathology & Lab Medicine
10833 Le Conte Ave, 18-161 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Pathology - Anatomic, American Board of Pathology, 1999
Neuropathology, American Board of Pathology, 1999
Neuropathology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1995 - 1998
Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1991 - 1995
MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1991
Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Tumor, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Muscle Biopsy, Peripheral Nerve, Pituitary Tumors, Seizure Disorders, Spinal Tumor
Additional Information

Academic Title: Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department Titles: Director of Brain Tumor Translational Resource, Faculty of Brain Research Institute

Specialty: Neuropathology, Surgical Pathology, Autopsy

Dr. Yong obtained a bachelors degree in molecular biology at UC Berkeley and a masters degree in biology (cellular and molecular) at San Francisco State University. For the masters degree, he studied the AIDS retrovirus while in the laboratory of Professor Jay Levy at UCSF. He attended medical school at UCLA where he completed his Honors thesis research with Professor Harry Vinters and graduated as a Deans Scholar. He trained in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he worked in the molecular neuro-oncology laboratory of Dr. David Louis. For his work there, Dr. Yong was awarded the American Association of Neuropathologists Lucien J. Rubinstein Award in Neuro-oncology. He completed his neuropathology fellowship at UCLA. Subsequently, he was the Director of Neuropathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for eight years before returning to the UCLA Medical Center. He is currently Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Translational Resource and of the UCLA Neuropathology Fellowship Program. Along with Drs. R. Mehta, H. Vinters and others, he is a recent co-awardeee of the Moore Award from the American Association of Neuropathologists.

Dr. Yong is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuro-oncology and the Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine. He teaches UCLA medical and dental students as well as residents and fellows in pathology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, and neurology. As an attending neuropathologist at the UCLA Medical Center, his clinical expertise includes brain and pituitary tumors as well as neuromuscular pathology. He works closely with UCLA Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology physicians in determining diagnoses and molecular testing of brain tumor samples. He also consults in neuropathology for the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital, Northridge Hospital, Kaiser-Permanente Southern California, and the National Neurologic AIDS Bank. He runs the Brain Tumor Translational Resource (BTTR)- a brain tumor biorepository dedicated to a cure for brain cancers. The focus of this resource is to develop the tools and logistics to power a broad range of brain tumor research labs in the UCLA Neuro-oncology program. He has an interest in biospecimen research to improve the usability of tissue specimens for biomarker assays and individualized molecular profiling for patients. The lab also focuses on ways to speed the delivery of specimen derivatives to researchers. His laboratory has an interest in pathology informatics including software and RFID technology. It also evaluates and develops approaches for storing biospecimens at room temperature. He is a co-investigator and neuropathologist in research programs on brain tumors, AIDS, stroke, and dementia.


Link to all my PubMed publications.

  1. Mehta Rupal I, Mehta Rashi I, Solis Orestes E, Jahan Reza, Salamon Noriko, Tobis Jonathan M, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Fishbein Michael C Hydrophilic polymer emboli: an under-recognized iatrogenic cause of ischemia and infarct.. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc. 2010; 97(3): .
  2. Butte Pramod V, Fang Qiyin, Jo Javier A, Yong William H, Pikul Brian K, Black Keith L, Marcu Laura Intraoperative delineation of primary brain tumors using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.. Journal of biomedical optics. 2010; 15(2): 027008.
  3. Buchbinder David, Danielpour Moise, Yong William H, Salamon Noriko, Lasky Joseph Treatment of atypical central neurocytoma in a child with high dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell rescue.. Journal of neuro-oncology. 2010; 97(3): 429-37.
  4. Mehta Rupal I, Cutler Aaron R, Lasky Joseph L, Yong William H, Lerner Jason T, Hirota Brandon K, Salamon Noriko, Mathern Gary W, Vinters Harry V "Primary" leptomeningeal medulloblastoma.. Human pathology. 2009; 40(11): 1661-5.
  5. Sarkar Rajashree, Yong William H, Lazareff Jorge A A case report of intraventricular gliofibroma.. Pediatric neurosurgery. 2009; 45(3): 210-3.
  6. Lerner Jason T, Salamon Noriko, Hauptman Jason S, Velasco Tonicarlo R, Hemb Marta, Wu Joyce Y, Sankar Raman, Donald Shields W, Engel Jerome, Fried Itzhak, Cepeda Carlos, Andre Veronique M, Levine Michael S, Miyata Hajime, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Mathern Gary W Assessment and surgical outcomes for mild type I and severe type II cortical dysplasia: a critical review and the UCLA experience.. Epilepsia. 2009; 50(6): 1310-35.
  7. Khanlou Négar, Mathern Gary W, Mitchell Wendy G, Salamon Noriko, Pope Whitney B, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V Cortical dysplasia with prominent Rosenthal fiber formation in a case of intractable pediatric epilepsy.. Human pathology. 2009; 40(8): 1200-4.
  8. Guo Deliang, Prins Robert M, Dang Julie, Kuga Daisuke, Iwanami Akio, Soto Horacio, Lin Kelly Y, Huang Tiffany T, Akhavan David, Hock M Benjamin, Zhu Shaojun, Kofman Ava A, Bensinger Steve J, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Horvath Steve, Watson Andrew D, Kuhn John G, Robins H Ian, Mehta Minesh P, Wen Patrick Y, DeAngelis Lisa M, Prados Michael D, Mellinghoff Ingo K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Mischel Paul S EGFR signaling through an Akt-SREBP-1-dependent, rapamycin-resistant pathway sensitizes glioblastomas to antilipogenic therapy.. Science signaling. 2009; 2(101): ra82.
  9. Mehta Rupal I, Mehta Rashi I, Fishbein Michael C, Solis Orestes E, Jahan Reza, Salamon Noriko, Vinters Harry V, Yong William H. Intravascular polymer material after coil embolization of a giant cerebral aneurysm.. Human pathology. 2009; 40(12): 1803-7.
  10. Laks Dan R, Masterman-Smith Michael, Visnyei Koppany, Angenieux Brigitte, Orozco Nicholas M, Foran Ian, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Liau Linda M, Lazareff Jorge A, Mischel Paul S, Cloughesy Timothy F, Horvath Steve, Kornblum Harley I Neurosphere formation is an independent predictor of clinical outcome in malignant glioma.. Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio). 2009; 27(4): 980-7.
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