Dr. Fong pursued family medicine because he considered it the specialty with lowest mediation between patients and the one with the greatest access to patients of all ages. He believes in being a partner for his patients with regard to health care and being a guide with regard to medical care. His clinical interests include obesity and chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Fong also serves as the Director of the UC Davis Family Medicine Residency Network. He sees the future family physician as being skilled in the areas of public health, advocacy and policy, and collaborations with business. He has a growing interest in healthcare journalism and is interested in patient's perceptions of blogs. He feels privileged to work with the seven network affiliated programs and with over 200 network residents.
Family and Community Medicine
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, 1990
B.S., UC Irvine, Irvine, California, 1984
King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1992-1993
King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1993-1997
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2003-2005
American Board of Family Medicine, 2000
Select Recent Publications
Fong RL, Franks P. Body mass index and employment-based health insurance. BMC Health Serv Res. 8:101. 2008.
Fong RL. Bertakis KD, Franks P. Association between obesity and patient satisfaction. Obesity; 14:1402-11. 2006.
Ward HJ, Morisky DE, Lees NB, Fong R. A clinic and community-based approach to hypertension control for an underserved minority population: design and methods. Am J Hypertens 2000;13:177-183.
Fong RL, Vadgama JV, Laguer MR, Ward HJ. Low density lipoprotein receptors mediate intracellular calcium signals in microalbuminuric hypertensives. Am J Hypertens 1998;11:113-116.
Fong RL, Ward HJ. The efficacy of lovastatin in lowering cholesterol in African Americans with primary hypercholesterolemia. Am J Med 1997;102:387-391.
Norris KC, Fong R. Hypertension in elderly African-Americans. Clinical Geriatrics 1997;5:56-71.
Strickland TL, Stein R, Lin KM, Risby E, Fong R. The pharmacologic treatment of anxiety and depression in African Americans. Considerations for the general practitioner. Arch Fam Med 1997;6:371-375.
Fong RL. Violence as a barrier to compliance for the hypertensive African American. J Natl Med Assoc 1995;87:203-207.
Fong RL. The pathogenesis of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. Resident and Staff Physician 1992;38:43-49.