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Dr. Rita Ng

Physician-in-Chief, Oakland Hospital, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Rita Ng completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.99 GPA, earning a degree in Human Biology with Honors. Ng was awarded the Stanford Dinkelspiel Award, given to the top two outstanding graduating seniors. Dr. Ng’s interest in international health began at Stanford where her thesis work focused on health care access in third world countries for which she was awarded the prestigious Firestone Medal given to the top undergraduate honors thesis and her research work has been published in multiple scientific journals. She earned her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency at UCSF, and cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Dr. Ng further received the distinction of being named Miss California and was 2nd runner-up at the Miss America Pageant in 2001. In addition to winning the National Talent Award and the Top Interview award, she was the first Asian-American Miss California in the 80-year history of the pageant.

Dr. Ng has received numerous national and international accolades – California’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, USA Today newspaper named her to the “First All-American Academic Team,” Glamour magazine featured her as one of the “Top 10 College Women in America,” and the Chinese World Journal named her as one of the “Ten Most Influential Asian-Americans” of the year. She has appeared in Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, US weekly, and many others and was the featured model for Procter & Gamble Global Beauty “At Your Best” Campaign including CoverGirl, Max Factor, and Oil of Olay Cosmetics. She has served on numerous boards and foundations such as the Sheila Kar Heart Health Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club Organization. She recently gave the keynote address for the 38th annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math & Science Conference – the largest program of its kind in the nation with over 1200 young women. As chairwoman for many philanthropic organizations and a gifted pianist, Dr. Ng has traveled extensively around the nation and world giving keynote addresses and piano concerts, helping to raise millions of dollars for her causes around the nation and world.

Dr. Ng served at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Institute in Beverly Hills, California as Chief Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine and was named the Elliot Corday “Outstanding Fellow of the Year.” Dr. Ng has served as the Chief of Cardiology for Kaiser Permanente East Bay, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and currently serves as the Physician-In-Chief for Kaiser Permanente Oakland Hospital. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Permanente Medical Group – the largest physician medical group in the nation.

Dr. Ng is married to Lieutenant Commander Carson Taylor Lawall, MD, a  TPMG Neurologist and fellow graduate of UCSF School of Medicine. They have two boys (Logan 4 years old and Lucas 2 year old). She has previously served on the prestigious judges panel at the Miss California Pageant, the Miss Alabama Pageant, and the Miss Georgia Pageant.