Justin (Chih Chao) Yang, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Peking University
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his

Chih Chao “Justin” Yang, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of Manet’s Urgent Care and Occupational Health Center. Dr. Yang’s specialties include both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Since joining Manet in 2018, Dr. Yang has focused on serving patients with chronic diseases, treating occupational injuries and providing LGBTIQA+ care.

Dr. Yang is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at Peking University and his Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, and a second residency and fellowship in Occupational & Environmental Medicine at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with training at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Yang has extensive research experience and numerous publications in cardiovascular disease prevention. Most recently, his research on the relationship between push-ups and heart disease was published in JAMA and received worldwide media attention. Dr. Yang is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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  1. Yang J, Christophi CA, Farioli A, Baur DM, Moffatt S, Zollinger TW, Kales SN. Association Between Push-up Exercise Capacity and Future Cardiovascular Events Among Active Adult Men. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 02 01; 2(2):e188341. PMID: 30768197; PMCID: PMC6484614; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.8341;
  2. Grosso G, Marventano S, Yang J, Micek A, Pajak A, Scalfi L, Galvano F, Kales SN. A comprehensive meta-analysis on evidence of Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular disease: Are individual components equal? Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017 Oct 13; 57(15):3218-3232. PMID: 26528631; DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1107021;
  3. Korre M, Porto LG, Farioli A, Yang J, Christiani DC, Christophi CA, Lombardi DA, Kovacs RJ, Mastouri R, Abbasi S, Steigner M, Moffatt S, Smith D, Kales SN. Effect of Body Mass Index on Left Ventricular Mass in Career Male Firefighters. Am J Cardiol. 2016 Dec 01; 118(11):1769-1773. PMID: 27687051; PMCID: PMC5312771; DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.08.058;
  4. Korre M, Yang J, Kales SN, et al. Cardiac Enlargement in US Firefighters: Prevalence Estimates by Echocardiography, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance and Autopsies. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology. 2016; 7(7).
  5. Yang J, Farioli A, Korre M, Kales SN. Dietary Preferences and Nutritional Information Needs Among Career Firefighters in the United States. Glob Adv Health Med. 2015 Jul; 4(4):16-23. PMID: 26331100; PMCID: PMC4533657; DOI: 10.7453/gahmj.2015.050;
  6. Grosso G, Yang J, Marventano S, Micek A, Galvano F, Kales SN. Nut consumption on all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Apr; 101(4):783-93. PMID: 25833976; DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.099515;
  7. Farioli A, Yang J, Teehan D, Baur DM, Smith DL, Kales SN. Duty-related risk of sudden cardiac death among young US firefighters. Occup Med (Lond). 2014 Sep; 64(6):428-35. PMID: 25104277; PMCID: PMC7811883; DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqu102;
  8. Yang J, Farioli A, Korre M, Kales SN. Modified Mediterranean diet score and cardiovascular risk in a North American working population. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e87539. PMID: 24503596; PMCID: PMC3913651; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087539;
  9. Korre M, Tsoukas MA, Frantzeskou E, Yang J, Kales SN. Mediterranean Diet and Workplace Health Promotion. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep. 2014; 8(12):416. PMID: 25328563; PMCID: PMC4192546; DOI: 10.1007/s12170-014-0416-3;
  10. Yang J, Teehan D, Farioli A, Baur DM, Smith D, Kales SN. Sudden cardiac death among firefighters =45 years of age in the United States. Am J Cardiol. 2013 Dec 15; 112(12):1962-7. PMID: 24079519; PMCID: PMC7750027; DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.08.029;
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2019 ACOEM Public Safety Medicine Section Scholarship
2018-2019 AOHC Scholarship
2018 NECOEM Nyla Scholarship
2018 Massachusetts Medical Society: Honorable Mention of Clinical Research Award
2017 Tufts St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Research Day: 1st place, Quality Improvement
2017 Tufts St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Research Day: 2nd place, Original Investigation
2017 Tufts University School of Medicine: Excellence in Teaching Citation
2016 Tufts St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Research Day: Honorable Mention
2016 Tufts St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Heart Failure Task Force: Honorable Recognition
2015 Tufts St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Heart Failure Task Force: Honorable Recognition
2015 ACP Massachusetts Chapter Scientific Meeting Poster Competition: 1st runner up
2013 Harvard Medical School: Best Trainee in Research and Clinical Advances Poster Award
2012 Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health: Class Officer
2012 Harvard College: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 Peking University Aerospace Center Hospital: Valedictorian
2008-2009 Peking University: Academic Award- First Prize
2006-2007 Peking University: Academic Award - Second Prize
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