Katherine Chen, MD​

Katherine Chen, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Katherine Chen is an internal medicine physician who is interested in the interactions between population health, health disparities, and city planning. Dr. Chen graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She obtained her medical degree at UCLA, where she was awarded the Geffen Scholarship. During her residency training in internal medicine at UCLA, she implemented and evaluated an innovative team model for primary care education and was twice awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching. She has also led and participated in a variety of community-based projects, investigating a church-based exercise program for low-income women, urban agriculture as a solution to food deserts in Los Angeles, and physician-led behavior change counseling for diabetes. In her current role as Outpatient Chief Resident and clinical instructor at UCLA, she helps oversee the quality improvement and population health curriculum for residents.

Career Interests: Dr. Chen aspires to help cities combat structural inequality by studying the ways in which thoughtful urban planning can advance health equity and promote individual and community well-being. She plans to combine her research career with clinical work as a primary care physician.

Research Interests: Dr. Chen’s research interests include the effects of urban planning and public policy on population health. By applying methods in geographic information systems (GIS) and community-based participatory research, she hopes to understand how neighborhood development can drive or mitigate health disparities in populations vulnerable to displacement.


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