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Tracy, California, U.S.
|Title(s)||Miss California 2000|
Rita Ng (born 1978) from Tracy, California was Miss California 2000 and is currently a Medical Doctor of Cardiology. Ng won a preliminary talent award as a concert pianist and placed 2nd runner up at Miss America 2000. She received over $50,000 in scholarships by competing in the Miss America Organization. As Miss California, she traveled to the French Riviera and Africa to promote children's health and welfare.
Ng graduated as Valedictorian of Tracy High School in 1996. She was the captain of the varsity tennis team, received the International Baccaluareate Diploma, and class president for four years.
Ng completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.99 GPA, earning a degree in Human Biology with Honors. Ng was awarded the Stanford Dinkelspiel Award, given to the top two outstanding graduating seniors. Ng's interest in international health began at Stanford where her thesis work focused on health care access in third world countries for which she was awarded the prestigious Firestone Medal given to the top undergraduate honors thesis and her research work has been published in multiple scientific journals. She earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency at UCSF, and cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Ng further received the distinction of being named Miss California and was 2nd runner-up at the Miss America Pageant in 2001. In addition to winning the National Talent Award and the Top Interview award, she was the first Asian-American Miss California in the 80 year history of the pageant. Ng has received numerous national and international accolades - California's Youth Volunteer of the Year, USA Today Newspaper named her to the "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 Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, US weekly, and many others and was the featured model for Procter & Gamble Global Beauty Campaign including Covergirl, Max Factor, and Oil of Olay cosmetics. She serves on numerous boards and foundations such as the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation National Selection Committee and the Boys and Girls Club Organization. As chairwoman for many philanthropic organizations and a gifted pianist, Ng 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.
Ng served at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Institute in Beverly Hills, California as the Chief Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine. She recently was named the Elliot Corday "Outstanding Fellow of the Year" and served as a judge for the Miss California 2011 Pageant.
On July 6th, 2013, Dr. Ng married Lieutenant Commander Carson Taylor Lawall, a Navy Neurologist and fellow graduate of UCSF School of Medicine. 
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