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Isabel L. Chen, MD, MPH


Dr. Isabel Chen’s work is grounded in improving the humanitarian potential of healthcare through education, research, and advocacy initiatives that improve health equity. She completed her Family Medicine residency training at Kaiser Permanente while participating in the establishment of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Education and Training

  • BA, Yale College
  • MPH, Yale University School of Public Health
  • MD, Valedictorian, University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency, Family Medicine, Chief Resident of Social Mission and Advocacy, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles


Selected Prior Positions

2012-present Co-Founder, Current Vice President, and University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Tutor
Reading Bear Society Early Education Literacy Initiative
2012-2018 Board Member and Abstract Reviewer
American Public Health Association Women’s Caucus
2015-2018 Co-Coordinator of Resident-Led Wellness Committee
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Family Practice
2017-2018 Board Member
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
2017-2018 Board Member and Resident Council Chair
California Academy of Family Physicians
2017-present Principal Investigator
ACGME Back to Bedside Grant Study
2017-present Board Member and Communications Chair
Beyond Flexner Alliance


Selected Honors and Awards

2014 Woman of Distinction Award
YWCA Canada
2017 Faculty for Tomorrow Resident Scholarship
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
2017 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education
American Academy of Family Physicians
2018 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Crofton House School
2018 Resident of the Year Award
California Academy of Family Physicians
2018 Resident Advocate Award
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Vadivelu N, Chen I, Kodumudi V, Ortigosa E, Gudin M. The Implications of Urine Drug Testing in Pain Management. Current Drug Safety 2010 Jul;4:267-270.
  • Ragins K, Conners E, Chen I, Alejos J. Evaluation of the Impact of a Pediatric Cardiology Mission to Peru. Cureus 2012 Oct.
  • Yun K, Hebrank K, Graber L, Sullivan MC, Chen I, Gupta J. High Prevalence of Chronic Non-communicable Conditions Among Adult Refugees: Implications for Practice and Policy. Journal of Community Health 2012 Mar.
  • Chen I, Forbes C. A Comprehensive Review of Reflective Writing and its Impact on Empathy in Medical Education. Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions 2014 Aug.