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Department of Internal Medicine

Richard L. Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H. View profile as PDF

Richard L. Kravitz

Clinical Interests

Richard Kravitz is Professor and Co-vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis. His primary research interests include patients as agents for quality, the causes and consequences of physician behavior, and improving care for mental health conditions in primary care settings.

Over 20 years ago, he and his Medical Outcome Study co-authors reported on the relationship between patient mix, utilization of health care services, physician specialty and system of care. He has since examined patients' expectations for care, how physicians respond to patients' requests for services, and how direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs influences physician decision making in depression.

He’s currently working on a project evaluating targeted and tailored messaging to enhance care seeking for depression in general medical practices. Two of his many publications have received national awards (Article of the Year from Academy Health). Since 2009, he has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Academy Health, Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Stanford University and UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed additional clinical and research training at UCLA, where he served on faculty until his 1993 arrival at UC Davis.




Health Policy, Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


General Medicine


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
General Medicine
4860 Y St., Suites 0101 & 0400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-2737
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2737
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M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1983
B.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1979


University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1983-84


University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1984-86


Robert Wood Johnson, Veterans Administration Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1986-88

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1986
Special Certificate in Geriatric Medicine,

Professional Memberships:

Fellow, AcademyHealth
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Society of General Internal Medicine

Select Recent Publications:

Gabler NB, Duan N, Vohra S, Kravitz RL. N-of-1 trials in the medical literature: a systematic review. Med Care. 2011 Aug;49(8):761-8. Review.

Jackson JL, Srinivasan M, Rea J, Fletcher KE, Kravitz RL. The validity of peer review in a general medicine journal. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e22475. Epub 2011 Jul 25.

Kravitz RL, Epstein RM, Bell RA, Rochlen AB, Duberstein P, Riby CH, Caccamo AF, Slee CK, Cipri CS, Paterniti DA. An academic-marketing collaborative to promote depression care: A tale of two cultures. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Aug 20.

Kravitz RL, Tancredi DJ, Grennan T, Kalauokalani D, Street RL Jr, Slee CK, Wun T, Oliver JW, Lorig K, Franks P. Cancer Health Empowerment for Living without Pain (Ca-HELP): effects of a tailored education and coaching intervention on pain and impairment. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1572-82. Epub 2011 Mar 24.

Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, Kravitz RL. Annual work hours across physician specialties. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Jul 11;171(13):1211-3.

Paterniti DA, Fancher TL, Cipri CS, Timmermans S, Heritage J, Kravitz RL. Getting to "no": strategies primary care physicians use to deny patient requests. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Feb 22;170(4):381-8.

Franz CE, Barker JC, Kim K, Flores Y, Jenkins C, Kravitz RL, Hinton L. When help becomes a hindrance: mental health referral systems as barriers to care for primary care physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's disease. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;18(7):576-85.

Fernandez Y Garcia E, Nguyen H, Duan N, Gabler NB, Kravitz RL. Assessing Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Are Authors Misinterpreting Their Results? Health Serv Res. 2009 Nov 19.

Kravitz RL, Duan N, Niedzinski EJ, Hay MC, Subramanian SK, Weisner TS. What ever happened to N-of-1 trials? Insiders' perspectives and a look to the future. Milbank Q. 86(4):533-55.

Kravitz RL, Duan N, White RH. N-of-1 trials of expensive biological therapies: a third way? Arch Intern Med. 2008 May 26;168(10):1030-3.

Kravitz RL, Bell RA. Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs: balancing benefits and risks, and a way forward. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Oct;82(4):360-2.

To see if Richard L. Kravitz is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).