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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H.

Nathan FairmanHealth Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817



Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H. is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.  He holds clinical appointments in psychosomatic medicine and palliative medicine, serving as an attending physician on these two consult services at the UC Davis Medical Center.  In addition, he has a variety of teaching responsibilities in the School of Medicine, as well as in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Fairman is also a faculty associate in the Bioethics Program at UC Davis Medical Center. 

Dr. Fairman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College in 1995, where he was a National McCabe Scholar.  After working for several years as a seabird biologist in the San Francisco Bay area, he completed a medical degree at UC Davis School of Medicine in 2005.  He subsequently obtained a master of public health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow.  He completed postgraduate medical training in general psychiatry at UC Davis as well.  Prior to joining the academic faculty at UC Davis, Dr. Fairman was a fellow in palliative care psychiatry at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.

Dr. Fairman’s clinical expertise lies at the interface of psychiatry and palliative care, attending to the psychiatric and psychosocial needs of patients with serious, life-threatening medical illnesses, as well as working to support their families and other caregivers.