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Klea D. Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H. View profile as PDF

Klea D. Bertakis

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Bertakis strongly believes in patient-centered care, which encourages patients to be actively involved in their own health. In her opinion, a healthy diet, exercise program, stress reduction and attention to health-promotion issues are the most important factors in good health.

The Family Medicine Clinic offers expert primary care health services, education and research. She is pleased to be able to provide her patients with this level of service.

Clinical Interests

As a family physician, Dr. Bertakis cares for all members of the family. She provides a breadth of services that includes everything from preconception counseling to geriatric care. Her emphasis is on patient education, health promotion and preventive care.

Research/Academic Interests

As the founding director of the UC Davis Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Dr. Bertakis focuses her research on doctor-patient interaction, physician practice styles and patient outcomes.


Professor and Chair, Family and Community Medicine


Family and Community Medicine


Family and Community Medicine


Family and Community Medicine


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

Additional Phone:

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


M.D., University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1977
M.P.H., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1977
B.S., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1973


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine, 2004
National Board of Medical Examiners, 1978

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association
California Medical Association
Sacramento-El Dorado County Medical Society
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Selected as one of the “Best Doctors in the United States.”, 2007

Honorary Member of The Order of the Medical Surgeons and Dentists of Bologna, Italy, 2006

Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award. Nomination is “by junior faculty for the special role you have played in their academic development and help provided them in attaining their full academic potential.”, 2005

Select Recent Publications:

Zanetidou S, Murri MB, Buffa A, Malavolta N, Anzivino F, Bertakis KD. Vitamin D Supplements in Geriatric Major Depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2011;26:1209-1210.

Bertakis KD, Azari R. Determinants and Outcomes of Patient-Centered Care. Patient Education and Counseling 2011;85:46-52.

Bertakis KD, Azari R. Is Patient-Centered Care Associated with Decreased Utilization? Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 2011;24:229-239.

Jerant A, Bertakis KD, Fenton JJ, Tancredi DJ, Franks P. Patient-Provider Sex and Race/Ethnicity Concordance: A National Study of Healthcare and Outcomes. Medical Care 2011;49:1012-1020.

Jerant A, Srinivasan M, Bertakis KD, Rahman A, Pan R, Kravitz R. Attributes Affecting the Medical School Primary Care Experience. Academic Medicine 2010; 85:605-613.

Bertakis KD, Azari R. Patient Gender Difference in the Prediction of Medical Expenditures. Journal of Women’s Health 2010;19:1925-1932.

Bertakis, KD, Franks P, Esptein RM. Patient Centered Communication in Primary Care: Physician and Patient Gender and Gender Concordance. Journal of Women’s Health 2009;18:539-545.

Lee JS, Bertakis KD, Meyers FJ, Chedin E, Tarantal A, Anderson K, Berglund L. Cardiovascular Disease in Women - Challenges Deserving a Comprehensive Translational Approach. In press, Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research, 2009.

Menchetti M, Belvederi MM, Bertakis KD, Bortolotti B, Berardi D. Recognition and Treatment of Depression in Primary Care: Effect of Patients Presentation and Frequency of Consultation. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2009;66:335-341.

Wilsey BL, Fishman S, Ogden C, Tsodikov A, Bertakis KD. Chronic Pain Management in the Emergency Department: A Survey of Attitudes and Beliefs. Pain Medicine 2008; 9:1073-1080.

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