By Quyen Ngo-Metzger and Karen Hice Guzmán

Quyen Ngo-Metzger: For the Sake of Public Health

“I think what I really learned, especially during my time in the federal government in this past decade, is that you have to be at the table in order to make those important policy decisions. And who you are as a person — in your faith and in your background — you bring to that table.” — Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger

Listen in on our interview with Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger, health systems professor, as we discuss work, leadership, and the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the great perks of my job is the opportunity to meet really interesting people. And it’s even better when I am able to introduce them to our audience. So, it is my privilege to introduce you to Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger. Quyen has a fascinating background — you’ll hear some about it in the podcast. Her passion to practice medicine within the wider context of public health is evident in her conversation with me as well as her experiences. Her career has included time in a variety of situations from patient care in examining rooms to training med students in classrooms to developing the nation’s public policy in conference rooms. Throughout all of these, Quyen has sought to bring the values of the Kingdom God to bear. It’s exciting to think that a new cohort of medical students is under her influence as she begins her latest adventure: helping to open a new med school in Pasadena, California. Whether you are in a medical profession or not, I think you will appreciate hearing her perspectives and be encouraged by the way she models what it looks like to be a Christ follower in a complicated world.

—  Karen Hice Guzmán

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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Photo by Ian Livesey from StockSnap.

About the Author

Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger, a Professor in the Health Systems Science Department at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. She teaches and mentors students and junior faculty in prevention, population health, health disparities, and evidence-based medicine. 

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

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