Director, Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. May graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. After college, she attended the University of Cambridge to study epidemiology and international health, earning a master’s of philosophy in epidemiology before returning to the U.S. to attend Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and remained at MGH for one year as a hospitalist and clinical educator in the Department of Medicine Academic Medicine Quality Program and the manager of Trainee Affairs for the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office.
Dr. May came to UCLA in 2011 to begin her gastroenterology fellowship and was part of the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program. During her fellowship, she earned a PhD in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her doctoral dissertation addressed black-white disparities in colorectal cancer incidence, screening and outcomes.
Upon completing her GI fellowship, Dr. May joined the digestive diseases faculty at UCLA with a dual appointment in the Veterans Affairs. She is the director of the May Laboratory, a health services and clinical research team that engages in research and quality improvement related to population health, preventive health, and health disparities at UCLA Health, in Federally Qualified Health Centers (community health centers), and in the Veterans Affairs. Research spans several fields from the epidemiology of disease and disease risk factors to implementation science to improve disease prevention and early detection of cancer. As director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program, Dr. May also oversees a portfolio of quality improvement projects at UCLA to improve the quality of care for UCLA Health patients with gastrointestinal conditions.
Dr. May is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) and researcher at the UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention Control Research (CPCR) and UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. She is also an assistant director for the UCLA STAR Program and the director of grants and postgraduate research for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Global Health Program. She has participated in global health programs in Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Tanzania.