Katherine L. Chen, MD, PhD

Katherine Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research





Health Services Research, National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
Health Services Research, National Research Service Award T32 Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA, 2023


PhD, Fielding School of Public health at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2010


Internal Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2018

Scientific Interests

Katherine L. Chen, MD, PhD, is an internal medicine physician and population health researcher who studies equity issues at the intersection of urban planning and health. Her work has highlighted how stable and affordable housing, reliable transportation, and supportive neighborhood context can shape patients' health outcomes and access to health care, including cancer treatment and prevention. She has also conducted research examining sun protection practices among families of melanoma survivors.Additional work has explored the role of health care systems in shaping social drivers of community health. Her current research focuses on the potential for federal and state housing policy to reduce disparities in the clinical and socioeconomic experiences of patients with cancer.

Highlighted Publications

Chen KL, Brozen M, Rollman JE, Ward T, Norris K, Gregory KD, Zimmerman FJ. How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Shaping Transportation Access to Health Care? Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 2021;10:100338. doi:10.1016/j.trip.2021.100338.

Chen KL, Miake-Lye IM, Bergashaw MM, Zimmerman FJ, Larkin J, McGrath EL, Shekelle PG. Promoting Housing Affordability and Stability to Prevent Housing Insecurity and Improve Health: A Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Nov 1;5(11):e2239860. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.39860.

Chen KL, Wisk LE, Nuckols TK, Ong PM, Ponce NA, Elmore JG, Choi KR, Nau C, Zimmerman FJ. Association of Cost-Driven Residential Moves With Health-Related Outcomes Among California Renters. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Mar 1;6(3):e232990. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.2990

Glenn BA, Chen KL, Chang LC, Lin T, Bastani R. Skin Examination Practices Among Melanoma Survivors and Their Children. J Cancer Educ. 2017 Jun;32(2):335-343. doi:10.1007/s13187-016-0998-1.

Glenn BA, Bastani R, Chang LC, Khanna R, Chen K. Sun Protection Practices Among Children with a Family History of Melanoma: a Pilot Study. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Dec;27(4):731-7. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0377-5.