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Derjung Mimi Tarn, MD, PhD

Family Medicine
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Family Health Center
1920 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90404


Derjung Mimi Tarn, MD, PhD is Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Tarn earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, an M.D. from New York Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Health Services from UCLA. She also completed advanced research training through the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research and UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) fellowships at UCLA. 


Medical Board Certification

Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2002


UCLA School of Medicine, 2006
UCLA School of Medicine, 2005


Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 2002


Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 2000


UCLA, PhD, 2006
New York Medical College, MD, 1999

Hospital Affiliations

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Physician-Patient Communication
  • Prescription Medications
  • Preventive health care
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Qualitative Research


  • 2020. PhRMA Foundation Value Assessment Challenge Award
  • 2015. Distinguished paper presentation on: "Provider recommendations in the face of scientific uncertainty: an analysis of audio recorded conversations about vitamin D." Society of Teachers in Family Medicine Annual Spring Meeting. 
  • 2013. Fellow, American Academy of Family Practice
  • 2010 California Academy of Family Physicians Researcher of the Year
  • 2009 Fellow, NIH OBSSR Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions
  • 2008 Society of Teachers in Family Medicine Best Paper Award Honorable Mention