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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


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Throughout his career, George Snively, M.D., was a dedicated clinician and researcher with a passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians. In 1973, he was appointed Professor of Family Practice in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and in 1980 was appointed the Chair of the Department. He provided outstanding leadership in the Department during the formative years of this new discipline of Family Practice. He was committed to the education of family physicians and family nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and was successful in recruiting faculty members with outstanding clinical, teaching and research skills.

To honor her husband and his passion for primary care and medical education after his death, his wife, Dr. Suzanne Snively, established the "George Snively Visiting Professorship in Family Medicine." Over the years, the Snively Professorship has provided wonderful opportunities for our faculty, residents, FNP/PA students and medical students to interact with some of the country's finest academic physicians.

Snively Symposium in Family Medicine

High Tech, High Touch: The Future of Primary Care is Here

Join us as we convene a lively and thought-provoking exploration of the role of physicians, patients and technology in the practice of primary medicine in a future that has already arrived.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
Medical Education Building
Matsui Lecture Hall, Room
4610 X St.
Sacramento, CA 95817


Keynote Speaker:

Joseph Kvedar, M.D.
Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCareJoseph Kvedar, MD

Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D. is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Dr. Kvedar established the first physician-to-physician online consultation service in an academic setting, linking patients from around the world with specialists at Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. Based on the technology platform developed at the Center, Healthrageous, a personalized health technology company, was launched in 2010; Dr. Kvedar was a Co-Founder and Chair of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 90 publications on the subject. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, West Health Institute, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health and Rock Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies.

Interactive panel: Technology and the medical home

Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Vice Chancellor, UCDHS

Mario Gutierrez, M.P.H., Executive Director: Center for Connected Health Policy
"Connected Virtual Care—Getting to Value and Scale"

Heather Young, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, UC Davis School of Nursing
"Technology-Person Interface"

Birthe Dineson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Alborg University, Denmark
"Evidence-based Telehealth: An International Perspective"

Margaret Laws, Director, Innovation for the Underserved, California Health Care Foundation
"Investing in Innovations for the Underserved"

Followed by a Celebration and Open House of the Center for Healthcare Technology
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  


To register for a Snively Event, please email:



November 20, 2013:  Bechara Choucair, M.D., Commisioner  for Chicago Health, presented "Transforming the Health of the Community". (click here to see video of the presentation)

April 17, 2012:  Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment.  


February 28, 2012:  David Ansell, M.D., MPH, Professor, Rush University Medical Center, author of "COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital", Academy Chicago Publishers; First Edition (May 31, 2011). Please click here to see video of the presentation.

October 11, 2011:   Richard Deyo, M.D.Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. Title: A billion here, a billion there…Is Medical Overuse Crippling the U.S.?  Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Deyo's presentation.
April 14, 2011:  Robert Berenson, M.D.The Urban Institute, Washington, DC. Title: Prospects for Primary Care Payment Improvement: Good Policy Meets Political Reality. Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Berenson's presentation, and here to see the video.

January 18, 2011:  Robert Reid, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA.  Title: Reinvigorating Primary Care in the Form of the Patient Centered Medical Home. Please click here (PDF) to view a handout of Dr. Reid's presentation, and here to see the video.

November 3, 2010Kevin Grumbach, M.D., UC San Franciso, Department of Family & Community Medicine, San Franciso, CA. Title: Health Care Reform and the Future of Primary Care (click here to see video of the presentation)


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