Elisa K. Tong, M.D., M.A. for UC Davis Health

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

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Medical Director, Stop Tobacco Program, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Health Services Research


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

General Medicine
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-2737

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

In general medicine, I enjoy taking care of the whole person whether they are in the clinic or hospital. Listening to my patients helps me understand how I can help support them, from preventive care for staying healthy to diagnosing and treating disease. Since tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and worsens many diseases, I am dedicated to helping people and our communities become smoke and tobacco-free. Quitting tobacco for good can be one of the most difficult things to do but it's never too late to connect with positive support and enjoy the immediate health benefits.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tong is a general internist who helps care for patients in the clinic and hospital. She has a special clinical interest in tobacco treatment and is the Medical Director for the Stop Tobacco Program at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She works closely with tobacco treatment partners in UCD Health Management Education (livinghealthy.ucdavis.edu) and the California Smokers' Helpline (nobutts.org, now Kick It California).

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Tong's research interests are in tobacco control policy and cessation, with special interests in health services delivery of tobacco treatment, interventions to address tobacco/cancer disparities, and the behavioral impact of smoke and tobacco-free policies. She has founded and led "UC Quits" and now "CA Quits", a statewide project funded by the California Tobacco Control Program, which supports the integration of tobacco treatment into health systems in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services. She has led tobacco interventions targeting diverse populations including college students, Chinese smokers and household nonsmokers, Medi-Cal members, and patients with cancer.


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Undergraduate School

B.A., Stanford University, Stanford CA 1994

Medical School

M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA 2000

Other School

M.A., Heath Services Research, Stanford University, Stanford CA 2000


Internal Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose CA 2000-2003


Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer, National Cancer Institute, 2020


Multilevel Intervention Training Institute, National Cancer Institute, 2020


General Internal Medicine Research, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 2003-2006

Excellence in Clinical Investigation Award, CA-HI Society for General Internal Medicine, 2021

Healthcare Science Delivery Award, UC Davis Health Quality Forum, 2020

Faculty Research Award, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis Health, 2018

Christopher N.H. Jenkins Award for AAPI Cancer Prevention and Control, 2017

"Best Published Paper", Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, American Public Health Association, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center Dean's Team Award for Clinical Care & Inclusion Excellence, 2016

UC Health Center for Health Quality and Innovation Fellowship, 2013

UC Davis Health System Employee Excellence Award for Diversity, 2012

UC Davis Health System Employee Excellence Award for Social Responsibility, 2011

Christine and Helen S. Landgraf Memorial Research Award for Cancer Research, 2010

American Legacy Foundation Sybil G. Jacobs Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents, 2007


Mustoe MM, Clark JM, Huynh TT, Tong EK, Wolf TP, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Engagement and Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Quitline Intervention in a Thoracic Surgery Clinic. JAMA Surg. 2020 Sep 1;155(9):816-822. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1915. PMID:32609348.

Tong EK, Wolf T, Cooke DT, Fairman N, Chen MS Jr. The Emergence of a Sustainable Tobacco Treatment Program across the Cancer Care Continuum: A Systems Approach for Implementation at the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 May 6;17(9):3241. doi:10.3390/ijerph17093241. PMID:32384731.

Tong EK, Stewart SL, Schillinger D, Vijayaraghavan M, Dove MS, Epperson AE, Vela C, Kratochvil S, Anderson CM, Kirby CA, Zhu SH, Safier J, Sloss G, Kohatsu ND. The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project: Impact of Statewide Outreach Through Health Channels. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Dec;55(6 Suppl 2):S159-S169. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.031. PMID:30454670.

Tong EK, Saw A, Fung LC, Li CS, Liu Y, Tsoh JY. Impact of a smoke-free-living educational intervention for smokers and household nonsmokers: A randomized trial of Chinese American pairs. Cancer. 2018 Apr 1;124 Suppl 7:1590-1598. doi:10.1002/cncr.31115. PMID:29578595.

Tong EK, Fagan P, Cooper L, Canto M, Carroll W, Foster-Bey J, Hébert JR, Lopez-Class M, Ma GX, Nez Henderson P, Pérez-Stable EJ, Santos L, Smith JH, Tan Y, Tsoh J, Chu K. Working to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities from Tobacco: A Review of the National Cancer Institute's Community Networks Program. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Aug;17(8):908-23. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv069. PMID:26180215.

Yang L, Tong EK, Mao Z, Hu TW, Lee AH. A Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Nonsmoking Pregnant Women in Sichuan Province, China. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 May;18(5):1163-70. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv171. Epub 2015 Aug 20. PMID:26296651.

Saw A, Paterniti D, Fung LC, Tsoh JY, Chen MS Jr, K Tong E. Social Environmental Influences on Smoking and Cessation: Qualitative Perspectives Among Chinese-Speaking Smokers and Nonsmokers in California. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Dec;19(6):1404-1411. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0358-6. PMID:26872641.

Mukherjea A, Modayil MV, Tong EK. Paan (pan) and paan (pan) masala should be considered tobacco products. Tob Control. 2015 Dec;24(e4):e280-4. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051700. Epub 2014 Oct 21. PMID:25335900.

Blanco L, Nydegger LA, Sakuma KL, Tong EK, White MM, Trinidad DR. Increases in light and intermittent smoking among Asian Americans and non-Hispanic Whites. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Jun;16(6):904-8. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntu027. Epub 2014 Mar 17. PMID:24638853.

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