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Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Vice Dean

Photo of Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., M.A.C.P, UC Davis Health Syste executive leadership (copyright UC Regents)

Frederick J. Meyers, UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Dean, oversees the research, teaching, clinical care and community engagement missions in close coordination with leadership across UC Davis Health System and the larger UC Davis community. Meyers is the executive director of Medical Education and Academic Planning for the University of California, Merced, where he leads efforts to establish a school of medicine. He also directs the San Joaquin Valley PRIME, a joint education program between UC Davis and UC Merced to increase access to care in this underserved area.

A visionary leader, Meyers developed a conceptual model of interprofessional education called UC Davis Schools of Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the master's degree programs in health informatics and public health sciences, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. He extends the health system's reach through collaborative partnerships with regional, state, national and international organizations and by overseeing high-level recruitments that distinguish UC Davis.

Meyers is a proponent of innovative research. He is director of the Clinical and Translational Science Center's Research and Education Career Development Program, as well as the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program. He previously served on several of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award committees. He chairs the School of Medicine Endowment and Gift Committee and is co-chair of the UC Davis Health System Strategic Planning Committee.

Meyers is a long-time leader of the hospice and palliative care movement in the United States, establishing programs that are now national models for providing compassionate end-of-life care. He was founding director of the School of Medicine's West Coast Center for Palliative Care. He is well known for his work in "simultaneous care," a model of care that allows cancer patients with advanced disease to receive both investigational treatments and palliative care. Meyers continues research on cancer molecular biology and metastatic cancer, leading numerous clinical trials and molecular correlates of cancer progression and response to therapy.

A UC Davis faculty member since 1982, Meyers is a national expert in hematology and oncology, with a special emphasis on the molecular biology of cancer and on clinical trials.

Meyers is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London. He serves on the American Cancer Society's California Division Board of Directors. He is an advisor to Science Translational Medicine.

He has been honored with the prestigious American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award, the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association's Excellence in Palliative Medicine Award, and the American Cancer Society's prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life Award.

His scholarly work includes more than 200 publications, book chapters, editorials and reviews.

Meyers obtained his medical degree from UC San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency training at UC Davis Medical Center. He has board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.

Meyers' blog, "Advancing Health," can be found at He can be reached by e-mail at

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