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Michael Ong, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Ong, M.D., Ph.D.


Internal Medicine

General Information:



Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
Partner, UCLA Health Services Research Center
Member, JCCC Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program Area


Veterans’ Administration Ambulatory Care, Stanford University, 2003 - 2005
Internal Medicine, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2002 - 2003
Internal Medicine, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2000 - 2001
Medical Degree:
M.D., UCSD School of Medicine, 2000


Board Certification(s):
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2003

Contact Information:

(310) 794-0154
(310) 206-6232 Internal Medicine information and patient appointments

Scientific Interest(s):

Dr. Michael Ong’s research interests focus on improving the delivery of appropriate and efficient health care by general internal medicine physicians. His research has applied this focus in several areas of general internal medicine, including hospital resource use and associated health outcomes, mental health and tobacco control. He is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee; this committee oversees Proposition 99 funded programs, including the California Tobacco Control Program.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications:

Ong MK, Diamant AL, Zhou Q, Park HY, Kaplan RM. Estimates of smoking-related property costs in California multiunit housing. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102(3):490-3. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

Ong MK, Zhou Q, Sung HY. Primary care providers advising smokers to quit: comparing effectiveness between those with and without alcohol, drug, or mental disorders. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Dec;13(12):1193-201. Epub 2011 Aug 22.

Ong MK, Zhou Q, Sung HY. Sensitivity to cigarette prices among individuals with alcohol, drug, or mental disorders. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul;100(7):1243-5. Epub 2010 May 13.

Jiang Y, Ong M, Tong E, Yang Y, Nan Y, Gan Q, Hu T. Chinese physicians and their smoking knowledge, attitudes, and practices. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007 Jul; 33(1):15-22.

Tong EK, Ong MK, Vittinghoff E, Perez-Stable EJ. Nondaily smokers should be asked and advised to quit. Am J Prev Med. 2006; 30(1): 23-30.