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Dr. Cynthia Haq is a board-certified UCI Health family medicine physician and professor who serves as chair of the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine.

Cynthia L. Haq, MD


Family Medicine

Clinical Interests

family medicine, global health — clinical program implementation in developing countries, community medicine

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  • American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine
  • English
Medical School
Indiana Univ. School of Medicine
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFamily Medicine
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFamily Medicine
Professional Positions
  • Professor and Chair — Department of Family Medicine, UCI School of Medicine
  • Member — Alpha Omega Alpha Society
  • Member — American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Member — California Academy of Family Physicians
  • Member — Consortium of Universities for Global Health
  • Member — International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  • Member — International Rescue Committee, Women's Commission
  • Member — Physicians for a National Health Plan
  • Member — Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Fellow for Life — Wisconsin Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences,
Awards and Recognition
  • Medical Education Department Chair Award, 2019 — UCI School of Medicine
  • National Exemplary Teaching Award, 2016 — American Academy of Family Physicians
  • John J. Frey III writing award, 2014, 2015 — University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine
  • Arnold Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, 2014 — American Association of Medical Colleges' Organization of Student Representatives 
  • Community Impact Award, 2014 — Milwaukee County Medical Society, 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society — 2010
  • Global Family Doctor Award, 2005 — World Association of Family Doctors
  • National Excellence in Education Award, 2002 — Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Presidential Award, 2001 — American Academy of Family Physicians
  • University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy Fellow, 1997
More Information

Dr. Cynthia L. Haq is a board-certified UCI Health family medicine physician who also serves as chair and professor in the UCI School of  Medicine's Department of Family Medicine.

She earned her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, followed by an internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

Haq has devoted her career to promoting health equity and increasing access to primary healthcare for disadvantaged populations. She has led programs to recruit and train physicians and health professionals to work in areas with shortages of health professionals in the United States and in low-income nations around the world. She helped launch the first family medicine residency programs in Pakistan, Uganda and Ethiopia and has worked extensively with the World Health Organization and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. She is the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships for her work in Pakistan and Uganda.

Her research includes the design and evaluation of medical education and family medicine programs to prepare physicians for work in low-resource settings, in doctor-patient communication, gender equity, social accountability in medical education. These programs also the integration of clinical medicine and public health, health advocacy and community engagement. She was the founding director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also created and directed the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program.

Haq sees patients in Anaheim and Santa Ana.

UCI Health Family Health Center — Anaheim
2441 W. La Palma Ave., Suite 100
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: 657-282-6356
Fax: 714-535-5407
UCI Health Family Health Center — Santa Ana
800 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 657-282-6355
Fax: 714-973-2825