Sophy S. Wong, M.D. began working in the HIV community in 1996 as an advocate and case manager. Dr. Wong trained at Brown University, UCSF, and has worked globally in Kenya, Tanzania and China. Dr. Wong served as the director of East Bay Getting to Zero (EBGTZ) from its founding in 2018 to 2022. Dr. Wong currently serves as EBGTZ’s strategic advisor, as well as the medical director for HIV ACCESS, faculty for the Bay Area AETC and as clinical advisor for HealthPAC, Alameda County’s safety net health program. Dr. Wong’s work focuses on bringing diverse teams of people together to collaborate on and implement creative solutions that improve access, equity and high quality HIV prevention, PrEP, testing, linkage, and treatment services.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Wong researched, reviewed and interpreted emerging science on the SARS-COV-2 virus, focusing on practical preventive measures, masking and vaccines for community members and health care workers, posting updates on the EBGTZ COVID-19 webpage starting in March 2020. For the first 6 months of the pandemic, these updates also served as the weekly pandemic communications for Alameda County. Dr. Wong’s updates have reached over 63,000 readers.