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Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH

Biography

Professor

Health Systems Science

Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger, a Professor in the Health Systems Science Department, teaches and mentors students and junior faculty in prevention, population health, health disparities, and evidence-based medicine. Prior to joining the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, she was Scientific Director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has developed and maintained over 130 clinical practice guidelines for preventive services. This work involved reviewing the most up-to-date research results and determining which services are most clinically effective. The guidelines provide the scientific basis for insurance coverage of preventive services nationwide. Dr. Ngo-Metzger brings over two decades of experience studying and improving quality of care. Her research focuses on prevention, the social and cultural determinants of health, implementation science, healthcare systems, and evidence-based practice. She has published more than 85 original peer-reviewed articles and received numerous awards in recognition of her work.

Education and Training

Degrees
BA, Illinois Wesleyan University
MD, University of Chicago
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
Residency
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Chicago
Fellowship
Fellowship, Health Policy, Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, Harvard University
Fellowship, Health Services Research, Harvard Faculty Development and Fellowship Program in General Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Prior Positions

Instructor
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
1999-2003
Assistant Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
2003-2009
Associate Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
2009-2010
Chief, Data Branch
Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health and Resources Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2010-2012
Scientific Director
United States Preventive Services Task Force Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2012-2019

Honors and Awards

Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine Award: “One Hundred Women Making a Difference”
1996
Bridge Award for Research in Minority Health
Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partnership
2001
President’s Discretionary Fund Award for Improving the Quality of Health Services for the Underserved
The Commonwealth Fund
2001
Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians
American Cancer Society
2004
Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar
2004
Dean’s Junior Faculty Physician-Scientist Award
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
2010
Physician of Excellence Award
Orange County Medical Society
2010
HRSA Administrator’s Citation of Outstanding Group Performance
2011
HRSA Administrator’s Citation of Outstanding Group Performance
2012
Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award for supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2015

Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Ngo-Metzger Q, Massagli M, Clarridge B, Manocchia M, Davis R, Iezzoni L, Phillips R. Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Care: Perspectives of Chinese and Vietnamese Immigrants. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2003; 18:44-52.
  • Ahn A, Ngo-Metzger Q, Legedza A, Massagli M, Phillips R. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Chinese and Vietnamese Americans: Prevalence, Associated Factors, and the Effects of Patient Clinician Communication. American Journal of Public Health 2006; 96(4):647-53
  • Ngo-Metzger Q, Sorkin DH, Phillips RS, Greenfield S, Massagli, B Clarridge, Kaplan SH. Providing High Quality Care for Limited English Proficient Patients: The Importance of Language Concordance and Interpreter Use. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007; 22(S2):324-330.
  • Sorkin DH, Ngo-Metzger Q., De Alba I. Racial/ethnic Discrimination in Healthcare: Impact on Quality of Care. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010; 25(5):390-396.
  • Ngo-Metzger, Q, Sorkin DH, Billimek J, Greenfield S, Kaplan SH. The Effects of Financial Pressures on Adherence and Glucose Control Among Racial/Ethnically Diverse Patients with Diabetes. Journal of General Internal Medicine 27(4):432-7.
  • Bibbins-Domingo K, Whitlock E, Wolff T, Ngo-Metzger Q, Phillips WR, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Lin JS, Mangione, Kurth A, García, FA, Curry SJ, Grossman DC, Landefeld SC, Epling JW, Siu AL. Developing Recommendations for Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services for Diverse Populations: Methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Annals Internal Medicine, March 2017.
  • Kato E, Borsky A, Zuvekas S, Soni A, Ngo-Metzger Q. Missed Opportunities for Depression Screening and Treatment in the United States. J Am Board Fam Med 1 May 2018; Vol. 31, No. 3.
  • Ngo-Metzger Q, Zuvekas S, Bierman AS. The Estimated Impact of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on the Use and Cost of Statins for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of General Internal Medicine 33(8):1317-1323.
  • Borsky A, Zhan C, Miller T, Ngo-Metzger Q, Bierman AS, Meyers D. Few Americans Receive All High-Priority, Appropriate Clinical Preventive Services. Health Affairs, June 2018: 925-928.
  • Borsky A, Mitchell E, Machlin S, Bierman A, Zhan C., Miller T, Ngo-Metzger Q, Meyers D. Use of Clinical Preventive Services in the United States: Estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 2015. Research Findings 41, May 2019.
  • Sorkin DH, Rizzo S, Biegler K, Sim SE, Nicholas E, Chandler M, Ngo-Metzger Q, Paigne K, Nguyen DV, Mollica R. Novel health information technology to aid provider recognition and treatment of major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in primary care. Med Care 2019 Jun; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S190-S196.
  • Krist A, Davidson K, Ngo-Metzger Q, Mills J. Evidence Needs to Recommend Routine Screening for Specific Social Determinants of Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (in press).
  • View a complete list of Dr. Ngo-Metzger’s publications