Kenneth Kizer, M.D., M.P.H.

Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H.


Emergency Medicine


  • Director, Institute for Population Health Improvement
  • Professor


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UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement

4800 2nd Avenue, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Research/Academic Interests

As director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, Kizer is working to align the many determinants of health to promote and sustain the well-being of both individuals and their communities. 

Established in 2011, the institute is leading an array of initiatives that range from improving health-care quality and health information exchange to advancing surveillance and prevention programs for heart disease and cancer. 


Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Emergency Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


M.D., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1976

M.P.H., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1976

B.S., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1972

Internship: Naval Regional Medical Center , Portsmouth, Virginia, 1976-1977


University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1980-1981

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1982-1983

Board Certifications

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1995

Professional Memberships

National Academy of Public Administration

Honors and Awards

Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 2013

Leaders of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow Honoree of the Year; UCLA Health Services Alumni Association, 2010

Torch Award, Coalition to Protect All Californians from Tobacco, 2009

Award for Excellence; American Public Health Association, 2008

Doctor of Medicine, honaria causa, Medical University of South Carolina, 2008

Select Recent Publications

Kizer KW. Advancing pain care -- core competencies for pain management. Pain Med. 2013 Jul;14(7):962-3.

Kizer KW, Kirsh SR. The double edged sword of performance measurement. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Apr;27(4):395-7. 

Trivedi AN, Grebla RC, Jiang L, Yoon J, Mor V, Kizer KW. Duplicate federal payments for dual enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans and the Veterans Affairs health care system. JAMA. 2012 Jul 4;308(1):67-72.

Kizer KW. Veterans and the Affordable Care Act. JAMA. 2012 Feb 22;307(8):789-90. 

Kizer KW. Shark and other aquatic predator attacks on kayakers.Wilderness Environ Med. 2011 Mar;22(1):100-1. 

Kizer KW, Yorker BC. Health Care Serial Murder: A Patient Safety Orphan. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2010; 36: 186-191

Kizer KW. What is a World-Class Medical Facility? American Journal of Medical Quality 2010; 25: 154-156.

Kizer KW, Dudley RA. Extreme makeover: Transformation of the veterans health care system. Annual Review of Public Health 2009; 30: 1-27.

Needleman J, Kurtzman ET, Kizer KW, Performance measurement of nursing care � State of the science and current consensus. Medical Care Research and Review 2007; 64 Suppl: 10S-43S.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Routine aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine 2007; 146: 361-364.