Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 06/05/2012

Rita Kathy Ng, M.D., Class of 2000
Chief Cardiology Fellow, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Participating as a delegate at the 2000 International Achievement Summit in London, England was perhaps one of the most meaningful and thoughtful experiences of my life. To be surrounded by such amazing visionaries — past, present, and future — was a gift. I left the summit with a sense of awe, love for the strength of the human spirit, and unbridled hope and knowledge that the future of our world was in very good hands.”

Dr. Rita Ng was born and raised in Tracy, California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning a degree in Human Biology with Honors. Rita was awarded the Stanford Dinkelspiel Award, given to the top two graduating seniors and was selected by her peers to deliver the commencement speech.

Rita’s interest in international health began at Stanford, where her thesis work focused on health care access in third world countries was awarded the prestigious Firestone Medal; her research work has been published in multiple scientific journals. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF before undertaking a cardiology fellowship at Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in Beverly Hills, California.

Rita further received the distinction of being named Miss California and was second runner-up at the Miss America Pageant in 2001. She was the first Asian-American Miss California in the 80-year history of the pageant. Rita has received numerous national and international accolades — California’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, USA Today named her to its 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 the magazines TIME, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, and many others, and was the featured model for the Procter and Gamble Global Beauty Campaign including Covergirl, Max Factor, and Oil of Olay cosmetics. She serves on numerous boards such as the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Alumni Board and founded the statewide program California Cares for Children and Princess for a Day Foundation. As chair of many philanthropic organizations and a gifted pianist, Rita 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.

Having served as Chief Cardiology Fellow at Cedars Sinai, she is now a practicing cardiologist with The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. of Northern California.

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