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Michael K. Ong, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine
Primary Location
Westwood Internal Medicine
200 Medical Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095


Additional Practice Locations
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 
11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Building 500
Los Angeles, CA 90073

Michael Ong, MD, PhD, is a Professor in Residence of Medicine and Health Policy and Management at UCLA. He is Chief of the Hospitalist Division at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ong is a practicing general internist. His 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 medicine, including hospital-based care, use of technology, mental health, and tobacco control. Dr. Ong co-directs the new Stakeholder-Partnered Implementation Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) Learning Health System (LHS) Center of Excellence in LHS Researcher Training funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He co-leads the BreatheWell and ResearchWell Pods for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA. Dr. Ong is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee.


Medical Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2003


Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005


UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 2003


UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 2001


UC San Diego School of Medicine, MD, 2000

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Tobacco use cessation



  • Learning Health Systems
  • Health Services Research
  • Tobacco Control
  • Connected Health
  • Mental Health
  • Heart Failure
  • Global Health


  • 2012 Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • 2014 The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and VA Greater Los Angeles Internal Medicine Training Program