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Joshua J. Fenton, M.D., M.P.H. View profile as PDF

Joshua J. Fenton

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Fenton strives to help his patients get the best possible health care - care that is personal, conscientious and grounded in the latest in medical knowledge. He also strives to help his patients navigate through a complicated medical environment that can make it difficult to achieve one's health goals.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fenton's research focuses on the delivery and accuracy of cancer screening tests, particularly for breast and colorectal cancer.


Associate Professor


Family and Community Medicine


Family and Community Medicine


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 1600
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-3630

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1996
M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2004
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1990


San Francisco General Hospital/UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1996-1997


San Francisco General Hospital/UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1997-1999


Senior Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2002-2004

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine, 1999

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Society of Preventive Oncology
North American Primary Care Research Group
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Distinguished Research Paper, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Annual Spring Conference, 2006

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teaching Award, 1999

Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, San Francisco General Hospital, 1997

Robert H. Crede Award, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 1996

Stanley Scholarship for Research in Psychiatry, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 1994

Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Select Recent Publications:

Fenton JJ, Jerant AF, Bertakis KD, Franks P. The cost of satisfaction: a national study of patient satisfaction, health care utilization, expenditures, and mortality. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Mar 12;172(5):405-11. Epub 2012 Feb 13.

Fenton JJ, Abraham L, Taplin SH, Geller BM, Carney PA, D'Orsi C, Elmore JG, Barlow WE; Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. Effectiveness of computer-aided detection in community mammography practice. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Aug 3;103(15):1152-61. Epub 2011 Jul 27.

Fenton JJ, Elmore JG, Buist DS, Reid RJ, Tancredi DJ, Baldwin LM. Longitudinal adherence with fecal occult blood test screening in community practice. Ann Fam Med. 2010 Sep-Oct;8(5):397-401.

Fenton JJ, Foote SB, Green P, Baldwin LM. Diffusion of computer-aided mammography after mandated Medicare coverage. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jun 14;170(11):987-9.

Fenton JJ, Reid RJ, Baldwin LM, Elmore JG, Buist OS, Franks P: Influence of primary care use on population delivery of colorectal cancer screening, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 2009;18:630-639.

Fenton JJ, Tancredi OJ, Green P, Franks P, Baldwin LM: Persistent racial/ethnic disparities in up-to-date colorectal cancer testing among Medicare enrollees, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2009;57:412-418.

Fenton JJ, Green P, Baldwin LM: Internal validation of procedure codes on Medicare claims for digital mammograms and computer-aided detection, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 2009; 18:2186-2189.

Jerant AF, Fenton JJ, Franks P: Determinants of racial/ethnic colorectal cancer screening disparities. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2008; 168: 1317-1324.

Fenton JJ, Franks P, Reid RJ, Elmore JG, Baldwin LM. Continuity of care and cancer screening among health plan enrollees. Medical Care, 2008;46:58-62.

Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Green P, Beckett LA, Franks P, Baldwin LM: Trends in colorectal cancer testing among Medicare subpopulations, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2008; 35: 194-202.

Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Weiss NS, Elmore JG, Pardee RE, Reid RJ, Baldwin LM. Delivery of cancer screening: How important is the preventive health exam? Archives of Internal Medicine, 167(6):580-585, 2007.

Fenton JJ, Rolnick SJ, Harris EL, Barton MB, Barlow WE, Reisch LM, Herrinton LJ, Geiger AM, Fletcher SW, Elmore JG. Specificity of clinical breast examination in community practice. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22(3):332-337, 2007.

Fenton JJ, Taplin SH, Carney PA, Abraham L, Sickles EA, D’Orsi C, Berns EA, Cutter G, Hendrick RE, Barlow WE, Elmore JG. Influence of computer-aided detection on screening mammography performance. New England Journal of Medicine, 356:1399-1409, 2007.

Fenton JJ, Levine MD, Mahoney LD, Heagerty PJ, Wagner EH. Bringing geriatricians to the front lines: Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention in primary care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 19(4):331-339, 2006.

Fenton JJ, Barton MB, Geiger AM, Herrinton LJ, Rolnick SJ, Harris EL, Barlow WE, Reisch LM, Fletcher SW, Elmore JG. The screening clinical breast examination: How often does it miss lethal breast cancer? Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, 35:67-71, 2005.

Fenton JJ, Weiss NS. Screening computed tomography: Will it result in overdiagnosis of renal carcinoma? Cancer, 100(5):986-990, 2004.

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