Michael Ong, MD, PhD

Michael Ong, MD, PhD

Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
Partner, UCLA Health Services Research Center




Internal Medicine

Institutional Affiliation

Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System



Veterans' Administration Ambulatory Care, Stanford University, 2003 - 2005


Internal Medicine, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2000 - 2001


MD, UCSD School of Medicine, 2000


Internal Medicine, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2002 - 2003

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2003

Contact Information


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

Scientific Interests

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.

Highlighted Publications

Ong MK. Tobacco Cessation--We Can Do Better. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Sep;175(9):1516-7. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2402.

Huesch MD, Ong MK, Doctor JN. Evaluating other diseases with computed tomographic screening for lung cancer. JAMA. 2013 Feb 20;309(7):655-6. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.157205.

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.

Sarna L, Bialous SA, Ong MK, Wells M, Kotlerman J. Increasing nursing referral to telephone quitlines for smoking cessation using a web-based program. Nurs Res. 2012 Nov-Dec;61(6):433-40. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182707237.

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.