Moon Chen, Jr., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Moon S. Chen, Jr., M.P.H., Ph.D.




Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • Associate Director, Population Research and Cancer Disparities, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor in Residence/Professor


Research/Academic Interests

Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H. is a nationally renowned expert in cancer health disparities, particularly as they affect Asian-American populations. He is UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's Associate Director for Cancer Control, leading a portfolio of research that addresses determinants of cancer risk and their mitigation in human populations. Determinants include access to care, behaviors (e.g., tobacco use, screening, etc.), socio-cultural factors, and the interactions of individuals with their environment and the health-care system. 

Additionally, Chen oversees shared resources for cancer epidemiology, which includes leveraging the California Cancer Registry, the world's largest registry of cancer data in a single geographical entity with the richest diversity of data on cancer in diverse racial/ethnic populations.

Chen also oversees shared resources for the cancer biorepository, an increasingly important source of biospecimens for investigating cancer causes.  He serves as a liaison with the California Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente Division of Health, and other external agencies. 


Hematology and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, 1979

M.P.H., Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1974

B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1968

M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1970

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