Frederick J. Meyers, executive associate dean for the UC Davis School of Medicine, oversees the research, teaching, clinical care and community engagement missions of the medical school and closely coordinates with the leadership across the health system to advance the health of patients and their families. He is also the executive director of Medical Education and Academic Planning for the University of California, Merced. He is leading the effort to begin a UC Merced medical school that would train new physicians in the San Joaquin Valley to provide care in the medically underserved communities.
A member of the UC Davis faculty since 1982, Meyers has distinguished himself as a national expert in hematology and oncology, with a special emphasis on cancer molecular biology, metastatic cancer, end-of-life care and pain management. He served as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine for 12 years, senior associate dean for academic affairs and medical director of home health services.
Under Meyers’ visionary leadership, the Department of Internal Medicine flourished as a productive and dynamic center of academic medicine. With a focus on translating basic science research into clinical therapies and advancing the practice of evidence-based medicine, the department’s academic and clinical programs have made high-impact innovations to advance health.
Meyers is a longtime leader of the hospice movement in the United States, establishing programs that are now national models for providing compassionate, end-of-life 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.
Executive Director Medical Education and Academic Planning-University of California, Merced
Professor of Medicine and Pathology-University of California, Davis
School of Medicine Dean's Office
4610 X Street , Suite 3101
Sacramento, CA 95817
B.S., UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1973
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1980
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, 1989
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, 1982
American Cancer Society Board Member, 2011
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Association for Cancer Education
American Association for Cancer Research
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American College of Physicians (Master)
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Association of Professors of Medicine
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Western Association of Physicians
Western Society for Clinical Investigation
Honors and Awards:
Lane Adams Quality of Life Award American Cancer Society, 2010
Distinguished Leadership Award Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 2010
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, 2010
Excellence in Palliative Medicine Award California State Hospice and Palliative Care Association, 2008
American Cancer Society Palliative Care Award, 2007
Master, American College of Physicians, 2006
Circle of Life Award American Hospital Association, 2003
Resolution #1541 for Palliative Care Education Research State of California Legislature, 2003
Distinguished Alumnus Award University of California, Davis, 1993
Joan Oettinger Memorial Award University of California, Davis, 1989
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences, 1988
Christine Landgraf Memorial Award, 1981
Select Recent Publications:
Srinivasan M, Li ST, Meyers FJ, Pratt DD, Collins JB, Braddock C, Skeff KM, West DC, Henderson M, Hales RE, Hilty DM. "Teaching as a Competency": Competencies for Medical Educators. Academic Medicine 2011 Aug 24. [Epub ahead of print]
Tseng WH, Yang X, Wang H, Martinez SR, Chen SL, Meyers FJ, Bold RJ, Canter RJ. Nomogram to predict risk of 30-day morbidity and mortality for patients with disseminated malignancy undergoing surgical intervention. Annals of Surgery 2011 Aug. 254(2):333-8.
Wu JN, Meyers FJ, Evans CP. Palliative care in urology, Surgical Clinics of North America 2011;91:429-444.
Heiftez LJ, Christensen SD, Devere-White RW, Meyers FJ. A model for rural oncology. Journal of Oncology Practice 2011 May 7(3): 168-71
Meyers FJ, Carducci M, Loscalzo MJ, Linder J, Greasby T, Beckett LA. Effects of a problem-solving intervention (COPE) on quality of life for patients with advanced cancer on clinical trials and their caregivers. Simultaneous Care Educational Intervention (SCEI): linking palliation and clinical trials. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2011 Apr; 14(4):465-73.
Meyers FJ. Recombinant innovation and translational science trainees. Science Translational Medicine 2010 Jul 7; 2(39):39ed5.
Lee JS, Bertakis K, Meyers FJ, Chedin E, Tarantal A, Anderson K, Berglund L. Cardiovascular Disease in women—challenges deserving a comprehensive translational approach. Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 2009;(3):251-255.
Meyers FJ, Bowen JL, Henderson MC. Regaining the bully pulpit: a focus on integrated competency and quality of care.” Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Insight 2009;7(3):8-9,11.
Young-Spint M, Guner YS, Meyers FJ, Schneider P, Khatri VP. Radical palliative surgery: new limits to pursue. Pediatric Surgery International 2009;(10):917-21.
Borchers AT, Selmi C, Meyers FJ, Keen CL, Gershwin ME. Probiotics and immunity. Journal of Gastroenterology 2009; 44(1):26-46.