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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Tonya L. Fancher, M.D., M.P.H.


Tonya Fancher, M.D.Dr. Fancher graduated from the NYU School of Medicine and the NYU/Bellevue Primary Care Internal Medicine Program.  She spent 4 years as a US Air Force physician before completing the UC Davis Primary Care Outcomes Research Fellowship and joining the faculty in 2004. She is Director of Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS), a HRSA Pre-doctoral Training Program that supports and expands medical student training in community oriented care for urban communities.  Dr. Fancher is Associate Director for Curriculum for UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME Program and directs the Internal Medicine resident research program.  She also directs a flagship project at the UC Davis Asian American Center for Disparities Research that seeks to improve medication adherence and depression care among Hmong and Vietnamese patients. She is PI for our HRSA Pre-doctoral Training Program to support and expand medical student training in community oriented care.

Dr. Fancher's personal interest include road cycling and traveling.

Recent Publications

Fancher TL, Lee D, Chang KA, Yang MS, Yang L. Medication Adherence in Asian and Asian American Clients: A Systematic Review. Asian American Journal of Psychology. (in press)

Fancher TL, C Keenan, TJ Stocker, C Meltvedt, T Harris, J Morfin, M Kulkarni-Date, MC Henderson. A residency-community partnership to improve care for the underserved: the Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Program, Academic Medicine. Acad Med. 2011 Feb;86(2):252-8. PMID: 21169777     

Fancher TL, Henderson MC, Harris T, Pitman D. Teaching health centers and the primary care workforce crisis for the underserved. Ann Intern Med. 2010 May 4;152(9):615-6. PMID: 20439582

Fancher, TL, Kravitz R. In the Clinic: Depression. Ann Intern Med. 2010 May 4;152(9):ITC51-15; quiz ITC5-16. PMID: 20439571 

Cheng JKY; Fancher TL; Ratanasen M; Conner KR.; Duberstein, PR; Sue S; Takeuchi D.  Lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Vol 1(1), Mar 2010, 18-30.doi: 10.1037/a0018799

Paterniti DA, Fancher TL,  Heritage J, Timmermans S, Kravitz RL.  Getting to “No” Strategies Physicians Use to Deny Patient Requests. Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol 170, No. 4 February 22, 2010 PMID: 20177043