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.
Professor in Residence/Professor
4800 2nd Ave., Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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
Select Recent Publications:
Chen Jr, M. S., et al. (2013). "Increasing hepatitis b screening for hmong adults: Results from a randomized controlled community-based study." Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 22(5): 782-791.
Hsu, L., et al. (2013). "Electronic messages increase hepatitis B screening in At-risk asian american patients: A randomized, controlled trial." Digestive Diseases and Sciences 58(3): 807-814.
Maxwell, A. E., et al. (2012). "Theoretically informed correlates of hepatitis B knowledge among four Asian groups: The health behavior framework." Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 13(4): 1687-1692.
Sarkar, M., et al. (2012). "Hepatocellular carcinoma screening practices and impact on survival among hepatitis B-infected Asian Americans." Journal of Viral Hepatitis 19(8): 594-600.
Khalili, M., et al. (2011). "Hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma screening among Asian Americans: Survey of safety net healthcare providers." Digestive Diseases and Sciences 56(5): 1516-1523.
Tong, E. K., et al. (2011). "Provider smoking cessation advice among California Asian-American smokers." American Journal of Health Promotion 25(SUPPL.5): S70-S74.
Bastani, R., et al. (2010). "Integrating theory into community interventions to reduce liver cancer disparities: The Health Behavior Framework." Preventive Medicine 50(1-2): 63-67.
Maxwell, A. E., et al. (2010). "Constructing a theoretically based set of measures for liver cancer control research studies." Preventive Medicine 50(1-2): 68-73.
Nguyen, T. T., et al. (2010). "Factors associated with hepatitis B testing among vietnamese Americans." Journal of General Internal Medicine 25(7): 694-700.
Quang, Y. N., et al. (2010). "Prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen in US-born and foreign-born Asian/Pacific Islander college students." Journal of American College Health 59(1): 37-41.
Aoki CA, Geller A, Chen MS Jr. Melanoma and Primary Hepatocelluar Carcinoma (Chapter 10) in Toward the Elimination of Cancer Disparities. Howard K. Koh, Editor, Springer 2009; pp. 227-56.
Tong EK, Tang H, Tsoh J, Wong C, Chen MS Jr. Smoke-free policies among Asian-American women: Comparisons by education status. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009 Aug; 37 (2S):S144-S150.
Chu KC, Chen MS Jr., Dignan M, Taylor E, Partridge E and Community Network Principal Investigators. Parallels between therapeutic drug development and cancer health disparities: Implications for explaining disparities reduction. Cancer 2008 Nov 15; 113(10): 2790-6.
Robbins AS, Daily MF, Aoki CA, Chen MS Jr., Troppmann C, Perez RV. Decreasing disparity in liver transplantation among White and Asian Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma, California, 1988-2005. Cancer 2008; 113 (15 Oct 08): 2173-79.
Umutyan A, Paterniti DA, Chiechi C, Turrell C, Morain C, Horan N, Montell L, Gonzalez J, Davis S, Gandara DR, Wun T, Chen MS Jr., Beckett LA, & Primo N. Lara, Jr. Overcoming barriers to cancer clinical trial accrual: Impact of a mass media campaign. Cancer 112: 212-9. 2008
Chen MS Jr., Tang H. Review of smoking cessation research among Asian Americans: The state of the research. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2007; 9 (Suppl 3): S485-S493.
McCracken M, Olsen M, Chen MS Jr., Jemal A, Thun M, Cokkinides V, Deapen D, Ward E. Cancer incidence, mortality and associated risk factors among Asian Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese ethnicities. CA: A Journal for Clinicians; 2007; 57: 190-205.
Nguyen TT, Taylor V, Chen MS Jr., Bastani R, Maxwell AE, McPhee SJ. Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans. J Cancer Education 2007; 22(4) 266-272.
Zhu SH, Wong S, Tang H, Shi C-W, Chen MS. High quit ratio among Asian immigrants in California: Implications for population tobacco cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2007; 9 (Suppl 3): S505-S514.