Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MS


Adjunct Associate Professor

Health Systems Science

Dr. Ying-Ying Goh is the Director and Health Officer of the City of Pasadena Public Health Department and a board-certified pediatrician. As an Adjunct Associate Professor at KPSOM, she is extremely committed to cultivating student interest in public health, including designing learning opportunities with the Pasadena Public Health Department. Dr. Goh led the city’s COVID-19 pandemic response, overseeing policy and epidemiology, vaccination, and community outreach and recovery. Her professional experience includes serving as a White House Senior Policy Advisor in the Biden Administration, clinical pediatric practice, and community-based participatory research to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth.

Faculty headshot of Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MS

Education and Training

BA, Stanford University
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
MSc, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Postdoctoral training
Internship, Residency, Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine
Fellowship, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Professional Positions

Research Associate
APM, Inc. Healthcare Management Consulting
Project Manager
Los Angeles Healthcare Options, A Task Force of the California Endowment
Director and Health Officer
City of Pasadena Public Health Department
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Systems Science
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of the Vice President
National Academy of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow

Honors and Awards

Community Activist of the Year Award
US Congresswoman Judy Chu, CA 27th District
Hometown Hero Award
LA Clippers
2021 Women Heroes of the Pandemic Honoree
CA Senator Anthony Portantino, 25th Senate District
2022 Woman of the Year
CA Assemblymember Chris Holden, 41st Assembly District

Scholarly Activities

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Savela ES, Viloria Winnett A, Romano AE, Porter MK, Shelby N, Akana R, Ji J, Cooper MM, Schlenker NW, Reyes JA, Carter AM, Barlow JT, Tognazzini C, Feaster M, Goh YY, Ismagilov RF. Quantitative SARS-CoV-2 viral-load curves in paired saliva and nasal swabs inform appropriate respiratory sampling site and analytical test sensitivity required for earliest viral detection. J Clin Microbiol. 2022 Feb 16;60(2):e0178521. 
  • Feaster M, Goh YY. High Proportion of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections in 9 Long-Term Care Facilities, Pasadena, California, USA, April 2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Oct;26(10):2416-2419. doi: 10.3201/eid2610.202694. Epub 2020 Jul 2. PMID: 32614768; PMCID: PMC7510707.
  • Goh YY, Bogart LM, Sipple-Asher BK, Uyeda K, Hawes-Dawson J, Olarita-Dhungana J, Ryan GW, Schuster MA. Using community-based participatory research to identify potential interventions to overcome barriers to adolescents' healthy eating and physical activity. J Behav Med. 2009 Oct;32(5):491-502. doi: 10.1007/s10865-009-9220-9. Epub 2009 Jun 21. PMID: 19544091; PMCID: PMC2863037.
  • NACCHO Podcast Series. Episode: Podcast from Washington: Vaccinating the 12-15 year-old Population. May 27, 2021.
  • Stanford Pathfinders Podcast Series. Episode: Community Care and Local Public Health Agencies. July 26, 2021.