Moon Chen © UC Regents

Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Associate Director for Population Sciences and Community Outreach/Engagement

Moon Chen joined UC Davis the day the cancer center was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2005. His role was to assure that the cancer center was addressing the cancer burden among the populations and communities it serves. Dr. Chen has a long history of leading NCI and NIH and other national programs focused on mitigating cancer health disparities in various racial/ethnic populations. He was the principal investigator of the National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities and helps lead the NCI-funded Minority Patient-Derived Xenograft Trial and Development Center. He also leads a project to promote HPV vaccination among rural and Native American adolescents. Dr. Chen has been honored by the American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCI and the University of Minnesota. He is a professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

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Julie T. Dang, Ph.D., M.P.H
Assistant Professor and Executive Director for Community Outreach and Engagement

Dr. Dang is a cancer health disparities behavioral scientist with 10 years of experience engaging diverse and underserved communities in cancer control and prevention interventions. Her research studies and programs have focused on accelerating HPV vaccine uptake among adolescents (all populations including rural youth), increasing Asian American participation in biospecimen donation for cancer research, enhancing minority recruitment into cancer clinical trials, increasing hepatitis B testing among Asian American communities, improving colorectal cancer screening rates among the underserved (Native American, rural and Hispanic communities), increasing mammography rates among Native American women and increasing lung cancer screening awareness in African American communities. She has experience working in diverse settings including rural clinics, tribal clinics, federally qualified health centers, primary care networks and in training health care workers on enhancing cancer outcomes for ethnically diverse patient populations.

Luis G. Carvajal Carmona, Ph.D.

Luis G. Carvajal Carmona, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Latino Program Leader

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona is director of the Latinos United for Cancer Health Advancement (LUCHA) initiative. He is the associate director for basic science at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and an associate professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is a principal investigator with colleagues at UCSF and City of Hope of a $3 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop interventions aimed at improving outcomes in Latinas with breast cancer. Dr. Carvajal-Carmona and his team will collaborate to assess polygenic risk in Latinas, outreach and education.

David Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S.

David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor & African American Program Leader

Dr. David Tom Cooke is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, the Program Director of the UC Davis Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Associate Director of Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery, and the Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Wellness for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Cooke specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign lung and esophageal disease and is a national leader in robotic thoracic surgery. Dr. Cooke's research includes oncologic trials, surgical outcomes/health services research, patient-centered outcomes research, surgical education, medical social media and public medical communication. He has authored over 70 scholarly publications and textbook chapters and co-authored a book. Dr. Cooke is recognized by Castle and Connolly and Sacramento Magazine as one of America's Top Doctors.

Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.

Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.
Associate Professor & Stop Tobacco (SToP) Program Leader/Medical Director

Elisa Tong is a general internist who takes care of patients in the clinic and hospital settings. Her area of interest is in tobacco cessation and its cross-cutting impact on health and wellness for smokers and their families. Dr. Tong's research interests are in tobacco control policy and cessation, with special interests in secondhand smoke, diverse and underserved populations (particularly Asians), and health systems change.

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Angelica Perez
Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator  

Angelica  Perez is native of Central Valley, attended California  State University Fresno and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration. She brings experience in education and community outreach and engagement. This includes five years with the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program providing healthy eating and physical activity support and resources to schools, Head Start sites and community agencies. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking up new recipes, going to concerts and  dancing.

Fabian Perez © UC Regents

Fabian Perez, M.P.H.
Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator  

Fabian brings experience in health and education policy having worked in a lobbying and consulting firm, as well as in community  outreach having worked with La Familia Counseling Center in South Sacramento . Fabian has a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Administration and Policy from the University of Arizona . His research focused on the correlation between health outcomes and civic engagement  in communities of color. Perez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Sacramento State University and is originally from Los Angeles. On his free time, Fabian enjoys working on his bicycles, hiking, and barbecuing while watching the Dodgers.

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Alexandra Gori
Community Outreach and Engagement Student Assistant

Alex assists with the coordination and conduct of efforts to document and describe the cancer burden of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 19-county catchment area. She facilitates community engagement and outreach activities on various cancer topics and provides support in implementing and coordinating cancer control programs to improve the health and lives of underserved communities. Alex holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition Science with a minor in Public Health. Alex is very passionate about the field of cancer and has helped lead, Colleges Against Cancer (hyperlink>, which plans the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Live event at UC Davis and was awarded the 2019 Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Award. Her personal interests include traveling, indoor cycling classes, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Khloe.

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George Tong Yang, B.S.
Graduate Student Researcher

George assists with the END B project as part of his Master of Public Health practicum project. He addresses patient and cultural factors through oversight of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) activities and measures and serving as a liaison between the Hmong community and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. George develops and disseminates cancer information to the Hmong community and collects and analyzes data. George holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis and is currently working toward his Master of Public Health degree at UC Davis. He is most passionate about addressing and reducing health disparities for the underserved Hmong population. He has a background with the Hmong Lifting Underserved Barrier clinic in HBV and in diabetes outreach efforts as a coordinator and Hmong-English medical translator/interpreter. He also engages in the local Hmong community through the Hmong Youth Parent United organization at the HOPE center. His personal interests include hiking, chemistry, creating fundraisers for children in Laos, and teaching.

Cari Shulkin

Cari Shulkin, M.S.N.
Clinical Nurse III, Board Certified Cardiovascular Nurse, National Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Cari has worked with nicotine-addicted patients for over 20 years. Her primary focus is counseling patients, case management, developing tobacco cessation education curricula, and facilitating evidence-based practice guidelines for the Stop Tobacco program and Strategies to Quit workshop.