Michael K. Ong, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, and a staff physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. He is the Director for UCLA Connected Health, which oversees all telemedicine, telehealth, and mHealth activities for the UCLA Health System. His research interests focus on improving the delivery of appropriate and efficient health care by general internal medicine physicians. He has been the principal investigator for studies on smoking behavior among individuals with alcohol, drug, and mental disorders, and on the smoking­ related costs in California multi-unit housing. He has been the lead author on studies of the economic effects of passive smoking restrictions, the relative cost-effectiveness of tobacco control policies, and on the relationship between cigarette prices and smoking behavior. He currently leads the Breathe Well Pod of UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, which oversees its campus smoke and tobacco free policy. He is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which oversees programs funded by Proposition 99 including the California Tobacco Control Program, the first state comprehensive tobacco control program and the model for tobacco control programs worldwide, as well as the California Department of Education’s tobacco control efforts and the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program.