Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS

Senior Medical Director of Quality

Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS is the senior medical director of Quality at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. She is responsible for providing clinical leadership in the development and measurement of the hospital's strategic approach to quality and performance improvement for the South Los Angeles facility. Since completing her medical degree, Dr. Briggs has served as an emergency room physician in underserved communities. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the former emergency medicine quality officer for the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.

Active in research, Dr. Briggs was the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging pilot study, "Exploring Heart Failure Related Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among African-Americans with Heart Failure." She continues to conduct research in health system innovation, quality improvement processes, community-partnered research methodologies and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Briggs spends much of her time working in the community with organizations that focus on addressing health and social issues. She annually presents her “Busting the Myths: Everything You Want to Know About Heart Disease” health education lecture at a local South Los Angeles senior center.

Dr. Briggs received her undergraduate degree from UCLA, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master of Science of Health Services degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed her emergency medicine internship and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Following her clinical training, Dr. Briggs was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar whose research focused on designing community-based health promotion programs and developing novel health care delivery models to improve the quality of health services delivered in medically underserved communities. She is an Improvement Advisor certified by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is trained in Lean healthcare methodologies. Dr. Briggs is board-certified in emergency medicine and practices at UCLA and Harbor-UCLA Medical Centers.

Dr. Briggs is married to John Malonson III, an IT business strategist and president of several Los Angeles area IT groups including Blacks in Technology and the Black Data Processing Association. They have two young sons.