Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH is a tenured Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego in the Division of Health Policy. Her research focuses on the practice behavior of primary care physicians, patient-provider communications, and healthcare economics. Her novel approach towards foundational research in healthcare services, which promotes a multidisciplinary approach to investigations involving the practice behavior of providers, patient engagement, patient-provider communication, and the affordability and accessibility of quality healthcare has gained her national and international recognition.
As a prolific researcher, her career publications output includes 92 peer-reviewed works, with 63 original research articles, 42 as first or senior author in such high impact journals in the field as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and Journal of American Geriatrics Society. She has received numerous awards for her research. Further evidence of her impact as a researcher can be seen in her roles as a panel member and reviewer on various national agencies and editorial boards including the National Institute of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In addition to her faculty appointment at UC San Diego, she is the Director for Outcomes Analysis at the UC San Diego Health Information Services, and a Consulting Investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Dr. Tai-Seale earned her Ph.D. in Health Services with a cognate in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles. She also has an MPH from Emory University and received medical training at Jiaotong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.