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Kurt Hong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
IRD 310 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 6571


Dr. Hong's clinical interests are bariatrics/weight management and primary care. His research interests include nutrition medicine and obesity.

Dr. Hong completed his medical degree from Harvard, with a distinction in research. He then went on to complete a Clinical Nutrition Fellowship at UCLA followed by a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology.


Prostate Cancer Foundation: Young Investigator Award, 2008

UCLA Department of Medicine: Research Day Award, 2005

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA: Soloman Scholar, 2005

Massachusetts Medical Society: Regents Scholarship, 1999

Harvard University Commonwealth Fund: Fellowship in Neuroscience Research, 1996

Walter J. McKinley Prize for Research and Clinical Investigation

University of California, Los Angeles: Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1994


. Morbid obesity: potential effects of hormonal contraception Contraception. 2018 May 16. View in: PubMed

. Fasting-mimicking diet and markers/risk factors for aging, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease Sci Transl Med. 2017 02 15; 9(377). View in: PubMed

. Naltrexone/Bupropion extended release-induced weight loss is independent of nausea in subjects without diabetes Clin Obes. 2016 Oct; 6(5):305-12. View in: PubMed

. Body fat and body-mass index among a multiethnic sample of college-age men and women J Obes. 2013; 2013:790654. View in: PubMed

. A controlled trial of protein enrichment of meal replacements for weight reduction with retention of lean body mass Nutr J. 2008 Aug 27; 7:23. View in: PubMed

. Insulin, hs-CRP, leptin, and adiponectinAn analysis of their relationship to the metabolic syndrome in an obese population with an elevated waist circumference. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2008 Mar; 6(1):64-73. View in: PubMed

. Differentiation of human circulating fibrocytes as mediated by transforming growth factor-beta and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma J Biol Chem. 2007 Aug 03; 282(31):22910-20. View in: PubMed

. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: pathogenesis, identification, progression, and management Nutr Rev. 2007 Aug; 65(8 Pt 1):376-84. View in: PubMed

. Characterization of human fibrocytes as circulating adipocyte progenitors and the formation of human adipose tissue in SCID mice FASEB J. 2005 Dec; 19(14):2029-31. View in: PubMed

. CXCR2/CXCR2 ligand biology during lung transplant ischemia-reperfusion injury J Immunol. 2005 Nov 15; 175(10):6931-9. View in: PubMed

. Role of CXCR2/CXCR2 ligands in vascular remodeling during bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome J Clin Invest. 2005 May; 115(5):1150-62. View in: PubMed

. Circulating fibrocytes traffic to the lungs in response to CXCL12 and mediate fibrosis J Clin Invest. 2004 Aug; 114(3):438-46. View in: PubMed

. Body weight loss with phentermine alone versus phentermine and fenfluramine with very-low-calorie diet in an outpatient obesity management program: a retrospective study Curr Ther Res Clin Exp. 2003 Jul; 64(7):447-60. View in: PubMed

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