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.
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.