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Michelle Ko, MD, PhD

TitlePrimary Care Research Fellow
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentInstitute for Health Policy Studies
Phone415-476-9750
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    UCLAPhD2012Health Policy and Management
    UCLA/Drew Medical Education ProgramMD2004Medicine
    Harvard UniversityBS1998Biochemical Sciences

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    Michelle Ko currently holds a joint postdoctoral appointment at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF. She is deeply committed to advancing our understanding of how social structure, healthcare systems, and policy contribute to disparities in health and healthcare. She is currently engaged in multiple projects on Medicaid and healthcare safety net systems. Her past research includes examining relationships between social inequality and stability of healthcare safety net systems, and the roles of diversity and education in the health professions. She is also strongly interested in educational efforts to grow a health professional and policy workforce that is committed to improving the health of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.


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    1. Raven MC, Kushel M, Ko M, Penko J, Bindman AB, et al. The Effectiveness of Emergency Department Visit Reduction Programs: A Systematic Review. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Jun 7. PMID: 27287549.
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    2. Newcomer RJ, Ko M, Kang T, Harrington C, Hulett D, Bindman AB. Health Care Expenditures After Initiating Long-term Services and Supports in the Community Versus in a Nursing Facility. Med Care. 2016 Mar; 54(3):221-8. PMID: 26759982.
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    3. Ko M, Murphy J, Bindman AB. Integrating Health Care for the Most Vulnerable: Bridging the Differences in Organizational Cultures Between US Hospitals and Community Health Centers. Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov; 105 Suppl 5:S676-9. PMID: 26509286; PMCID: PMC4627518.
    4. Ko M, Cummings JR, Ponce NA. Changes in the Supply of US Rural Health Centers, 2000-2011: Implications for Rural Minority Communities. J Rural Health. 2016 Jun; 32(3):245-53. PMID: 26376352.
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    5. Michelle Ko, MD, PhD Robert Newcomer, PhD Andrew B. Bindman, MD Taewoon Kang, PhD Denis Hulett, MS Joanne Spetz, PhD . California’s Medicaid Personal Care Assistants: Characteristics and Turnover among Family and Non-Family Caregivers. 2015.
    6. Ponce NA, Ko M, Liang SY, Armstrong J, Toscano M, Chanfreau-Coffinier C, Haas JS. Early diffusion of gene expression profiling in breast cancer patients associated with areas of high income inequality. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Apr; 34(4):609-15. PMID: 25847643.
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    7. Murphy J, Ko M, Kizer KW, Bindman AB. Safety net integration: a shared strategy for becoming providers of choice. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2015 Apr; 40(2):403-19. PMID: 25646387.
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    8. Ko M, Newcomer R, Kang T, Hulett D, Chu P, Bindman AB. Payment rates for personal care assistants and the use of long-term services and supports among those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Health Serv Res. 2014 Dec; 49(6):1812-31. PMID: 25327166; PMCID: PMC4254126 [Available on 12/01/15].
    9. Ko M, Derose KP, Needleman J, Ponce NA. Whose social capital matters? The case of U.S. urban public hospital closures and conversions to private ownership. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Aug; 114:188-96. PMID: 24919649.
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    10. Cummings JR, Wen H, Ko M, Druss BG. Race/ethnicity and geographic access to Medicaid substance use disorder treatment facilities in the United States. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Feb; 71(2):190-6. PMID: 24369387; PMCID: PMC4039494.
    11. Ko M, Needleman J, Derose KP, Laugesen MJ, Ponce NA. Residential segregation and the survival of U.S. urban public hospitals. Med Care Res Rev. 2014 Jun; 71(3):243-60. PMID: 24362646.
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    12. Ko M, Bindman AB. No man is an island: disentangling multilevel effects in health services research. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Mar; 23(3):177-9. PMID: 24200544.
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    13. Cummings JR, Wen H, Ko M, Druss BG. Geography and the Medicaid mental health care infrastructure: implications for health care reform. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Oct; 70(10):1084-90. PMID: 23965816; PMCID: PMC4048197.
    14. Wight RG, Aneshensel CS, Barrett C, Ko M, Chodosh J, Karlamangla AS. Urban neighbourhood unemployment history and depressive symptoms over time among late middle age and older adults. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013 Feb; 67(2):153-8. PMID: 22918896; PMCID: PMC3681821.
    15. Ko M, Ponce NA. Community residential segregation and the local supply of federally qualified health centers. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb; 48(1):253-70. PMID: 22816426; PMCID: PMC3589965.
    16. Odierna DH, Afable-Munsuz A, Ikediobi O, Beattie M, Knight S, Ko M, Wilson A, Ponce NA. Early developments in gene-expression profiling of breast tumors: potential for increasing black-white patient disparities in breast cancer outcomes? Per Med. 2011 Nov; 8(6):669-679. PMID: 22190978.
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    17. Aneshensel CS, Ko M, Chodosh J, Wight RG. Policy brief. J Health Soc Behav. 2011 Jun; 52(2):162. PMID: 21673144.
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    18. Aneshensel CS, Ko M, Chodosh J, Wight RG. The urban neighborhood and cognitive functioning in late middle age. J Health Soc Behav. 2011 Jun; 52(2):163-79. PMID: 21673145; PMCID: PMC3152319.
    19. Wight RG, Ko MJ, Aneshensel CS. Urban Neighborhoods and Depressive Symptoms in Late Middle Age. Res Aging. 2011 Jan 1; 33(1):28-50. PMID: 21572903.
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    20. Ko M, Heslin KC, Edelstein RA, Grumbach K. The role of medical education in reducing health care disparities: the first ten years of the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 May; 22(5):625-31. PMID: 17443370; PMCID: PMC1852922.
    21. Ko M, Edelstein RA, Heslin KC, Rajagopalan S, Wilkerson L, Colburn L, Grumbach K. Impact of the University of California, Los Angeles/Charles R. Drew University Medical Education Program on medical students' intentions to practice in underserved areas. Acad Med. 2005 Sep; 80(9):803-8. PMID: 16123457.
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