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Tony Kuo

Adjunct Associate Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyJoint Appointment
Contact Information

Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
3530 Wilshire Blvd, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010

Areas of Interest: 
  • Aging Populations/Healthy Aging
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities/Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Services and Medicine
  • Nutrition and Food Policy
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Policy Analysis/Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Practice

Tony Kuo, M.D., M.S.H.S. is Director of the Office of Senior Health in the County of Los Angeles and Deputy Director for the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Health Sciences Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Kuo received his Medical Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and his Master’s in Health Services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is boarded in Family Medicine and has over 10 years of clinical experience, having worked in urgent care clinics, emergency departments, and homeless care shelters.

Dr. Kuo's academic interests and work have included federally funded research studies, peer review publications, and other efforts in chronic disease prevention and control; senior health; patient-centered care; nutrition and physical activity promotion; and social determinants of health in youth. He has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Co-Investigator in a number of grants funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other foundations in the United States.


Society Memberships: 

American Medical Association
California Medical Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
California Academy of Family Physicians
American Association of Public Health Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Heart Association
American Public Health Association
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
American Society on Aging
Association of Health Services Research and Health Policy (AcademyHealth)
Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education
American Evaluation Association
Society for Public Health Education
Gerontological Society of America
M.S.H.S., UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
M.D., University of Utah School of Medicine
B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA, Summa cum laude
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Committee Participation: 

Department of Family Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Community Advisory Board, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

Board of Directors, LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation and The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital

Selected Publications: 
(Since 2014)
Cummings PL, Kuo T, Gase LN, Mugavero K. Integrating sodium reduction strategies in the procurement process and contracting of food venues in the County of Los Angeles government, 2010-2012. J Public Health Manag Pract 2014;20(1):S16-S22. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31829d7f63.
Cummings PL, Burbage L, Wood M, Butler R, Kuo T. Evaluating changes to sodium content in school meals at a large, urban school district in Los Angeles County, California. J Public Health Manag Pract 2014;20(1):S43-S49. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31829f2e50.
Burbage L, Gonzalez E, Dunning L, Simon P, Kuo T. Building mutually beneficial partnerships to improve physical activity opportunities through shared-use efforts in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles County. Prev Med 2014;67(Suppl 1):S4-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.01.001. (Epub 2014 Jan 9).
Robles B, Frost S, Moore L, Harris CV, Bradlyn AS, Kuo T. Overweight and obesity among low-income women in rural West Virginia and urban Los Angeles County. Prev Med 2014;67(Suppl 1):S34-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.02.016. (Epub 2014 Feb 28).
Cummings PL, Welch SH, Mason M, Burbage L, Kwon S, Kuo T. Nutrient content of school meals before and after implementation of nutrition recommendations in five school districts across two U.S. counties. Prev Med 2014;67(Suppl 1):S21-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.03.004. (Epub 2014 Mar 11).
Robles B, Smith LV, Ponce M, Piron J, Kuo T. The influence of gender and self efficacy on healthy eating in a low-income urban population affected by structural changes to the food environment. J Obes 2014:908391. DOI: 10.1155/2014/908391. (Epub 2014 Mar 27).
Gase LN, Robles B, Barragan NC, Kuo T. Relationship between nutritional knowledge and the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed in Los Angeles County. Health Educ Behav 2014;41(4):431-439. [Epub 2014 Apr 9).
Gase LN, McCarthy W, Robles B, Kuo T. Student receptivity to new school meal offerings: Assessing fruit and vegetable waste among middle school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prev Med 2014;67(Suppl 1):S28-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.04.013. (Epub 2014 Apr 16).
Gase L, Dunning L, Kuo T, Simon P, Fielding J. Restaurant owners’ perspectives on a voluntary program to recognize restaurants for offering reduced-size portions, Los Angeles County, 2012. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:E44. DOI: 10.5888pcd11.130310.
Robles B, Kuo T, Leighs M, Wang M, Simon P. Using population reach as a proxy metric for intervention impact to prioritize selection of obesity prevention strategies in Los Angeles County, USA, 2010-2012. Am J Public Health 2014;104(7):e14-e19. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301979. (Epub 2014 May 15).
Cummings P, Kuo T, Javanbakht M, Ash L, Sorvillo F. Mortality and productivity losses from Toxoplasmosis in the United States. Abstracts-47th Annual SER Meeting 2014;078-S:18.
Cummings P, Adams R, Rueras N, Kuo T. Exposure to health marketing campaigns should be coupled to food environment interventions, as population sodium knowledge and choosing healthy foods remain low among residents of Los Angeles County, USA. Abstracts-47th Annual SER Meeting 2014;654-S:158.
Gase LN, Kuo T, Coller K, Guerrero LR, Wong MD. Assessing the connection between health and education: Identifying potential leverage points for public health to improve school attendance. Am J Public Health 2014;104(9):e47-e54. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301977. (Epub 2014 Jul 17).
Barragan N, Sorvillo F, Kuo T. Cryptococcosis-related deaths and associated medical conditions in the United States, 2000-2010. Mycoses 2014;57:741-746. DOI: 10.1111/myc.12238. (Epub 2014 Aug 18).
Cummings PL, Kuo T, Javanbakht M, Sorvillo F. Trends, productivity losses, and associated medical conditions among toxoplasmosis deaths in the United States, 2000-2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2014;91(5):959-64. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0287. (Epub 2014 Sep 8).
Shah SN, Russo E, Earl TR, Kuo T. Measuring and monitoring progress toward health equity: local challenges for public health. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:E159. DOI: 10.5888/pcd11.130440.
Gase LN, DeFosset A, Smith LV, Kuo T. The association between self-reported grocery store access, fruit and vegetable intake, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, and obesity in a racially diverse, low-income population. Front Public Health 2014;2:229. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00229. eCollection 2014.
Gase LN, Kuo T, Teutsch S, Fielding JE. Estimating the costs and benefits of providing free public transit passes to students in Los Angeles County: Lessons learned in applying a health lens to decision-making. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2014;11:11384-11397. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph111111384.
Kuo T, Barragan N, Gase L. Older adult perceptions and support for improving walking and public transit infrastructure in Los Angeles County. The Gerontologist 2014;54(S2):99. [Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America]
Barragan N, Kuo T, Gase L. Trends in suicide rates and associated medical conditions in the United States among persons aged 65 and older, 2000-2010. The Gerontologist 2014;54(S2):335. [Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America]
Kuo T, Barragan N, Gase L, Cummings PL. Older adults are supportive of government and industry sodium reduction efforts in Los Angeles County. The Gerontologist 2014;54(S2):352. [Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America]
Kuo T. Results of the META-Health Study suggest pathways by which vitamin D affect obesity and cardiovascular risk through adiponectin levels may require further characterization in subgroups. Front Public Health 2014;2:269. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00269. eCollection 2014.
Moschetti K, Barragan N, Basurto-Dávila R, Cummings PL, Sorvillo F, Kuo T. Mortality and productivity losses from Alzheimer disease among U.S. adults aged 40-64 years, 1999-2010. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 2015;29(2):165-168. DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000017. (Epub ahead of print in 2014).
Gase LN, Barragan NC, Robles B, Leighs M, Kuo T. A mixed methods evaluation of the “Choose Less, Weigh Less” portion size health marketing campaign in Los Angeles County. Am J Health Promot 2015;29(6):e214-e224. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.131210-QUAN-623. (Epub 2014 Jun 26).
Robles B, Blitstein JL, Lieberman AJ, Barragan NC, Gase LN, Kuo T. The relationship between amount of soda consumed and intention to reduce soda consumption among adults exposed to the “Sugar Pack” health marketing campaign. Public Health Nutr 2015; Jan 7:1-10. (Epub ahead of print).
Gase L, Barragan N, Simon P, Jackson D, Kuo T. Public awareness of and support for infrastructure changes designed to increase walking and biking in Los Angeles County. Prev Med 2015;72:70-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.12.033. (Epub 2015 Jan 5).
Gase LN, Kaur M, Dunning L, Montes C, Kuo T. What menu changes do restaurants make after joining a voluntary restaurant recognition program? Appetite 2015;89:131-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.01.026. (Epub 2015 Feb 7).
Barragan N, Chang M, Felderman J, Readhead H, Kuo T. A case study of a hepatitis B screening and blood pressure assessment program in Los Angeles County. Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:E19. DOI: 10.5888/pcd12.140373.
Gase LN, Butler K, Kuo T, The Los Angeles County School Attendance Task Force Workgroup. The current state of truancy reduction programs and opportunities for enhancement in Los Angeles County. Child Youth Serv Rev 2015;52:17-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.02.008.
Gase L, Glenn B, Kuo T. Self-efficacy as a mediator of the relationship between the perceived food environment and healthy eating in a low income population in Los Angeles County. J Immigrant Minority Health 2015 (Epub ahead of print).
Barragan N, Gase LN, Butler RK, Smith LV, Simon PA, Kuo T. Self-reported use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soda in a public health clinic population. Public Health Rep 2015;130(3):207-212.
Wickramasekaran R, Sorvillo F, Kuo T. Legionnaires’ disease and associated comorbid conditions as causes of death in the United States, 2000-2010. Public Health Rep 2015 2015;130(3):222-229.
Gase LN, Montes C, Robles B, Tyree R, Kuo T. Media outlet and consumer reactions to promotional activities of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program in Los Angeles County. J Public Health Manag Pract 2015 (Epub ahead of print).
Gase LN, Schooley T, DeFosset, Stoll M, Kuo T. The impact of Teen Court on youth outcomes: A systematic review. Adolesc Res Rev (Epub ahead of print).
Kuo T, Gase L, Inkelas M. The Population Health and Policy Workgroup. Dissemination, implementation and improvement science research in population health: challenges, opportunities and solutions. Clin Transl Sci 2015 (Epub ahead of print).
Kuo T, Robles B, Trogdon J, Ferencik R, Simon P, Fielding JE. Framing the local context and estimating the health impact of CPPW obesity prevention strategies in Los Angeles County, 2010-2012. J Public Health Manag Pract 2015 (in press).
DeFosset AR, Gase LN, Gonzalez E, Kuo T. Access to and use of school facilities for physical activity among adults in Los Angeles County. Health Promot Pract 2015 (accepted).
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