Dr. Wong is an Executive Vice Chair for Research Training in the Department of Medicine. He is also Director of the CTSI KL2 Program, Executive co-Director of the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program, and co-Director of the UCLA NRSA Primary Care Fellowship. In these roles, he mentors and oversees the research training for over 60 fellows and junior faculty members across the spectrum of science including basic science, clinical trials and translational research, and health services research. His research focuses on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health care and outcomes, population health, demography and how disparities arise over the life course. He has developed the Racial/Ethnic Disparities Simulation Model, a Markov model, which simulates multiple chronic diseases over the life course for a cohort of adults. This model simulates the effectiveness of various clinical or public health strategies to improve health and reduce mortality for a given population. He is currently funded by NIDA to examine the impact of successful school environments on adolescent health and health behaviors (tobacco, alcohol, drug use, sexual behavior and engagement in violence) and is the director of the UCLA/CTSI Healthy Neighborhood Schools Initiative that develops, tests, and disseminates school-based interventions to improve the health of low-income adolescents in Los Angeles.
Medical Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1997
UCLA School of Medicine, 1999
Cornell University Medical College, 1997
Cornell University Medical College, 1995
UCLA School of Public Health, PhD, 2001