Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H.

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H.

Specialties

Family and Community Medicine

Rural Health Care

Title

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances
  • Professor, Family and Community Medicine
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Education Building

4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 916-734-1322

Clinical Interests

Dr. Nesbitt is responsible for advancing UC Davis Health System’s excellence in clinical outreach and technology-enabled models of care. He served as interim Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine from June 2013 – February 2014.

Dr. Nesbitt is internationally known and highly regarded as a pioneer in using telecommunications technology to deliver a broad spectrum of health-care services and health professional education in rural areas. He established UC Davis' first telehealth link in 1992. Today, thanks to his work, UC Davis (with its Center for Health and Technology) is recognized as a global leader in using telehealth and distance learning to meet the needs of populations in remote and underserved regions.

Together with leaders of the National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, Dr. Nesbitt launched the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, bringing advanced cancer care and the latest clinical research to Northern California's rural communities, as well as a robust telehealth program that brings UC Davis clinical expertise to patients in dozens of hospitals, clinics and even farm-labor camps throughout the state.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Nesbitt has led development of UC Davis' PRIME programs, which prepare physicians to serve in rural and underserved urban areas, and played a significant role in establishing UC Davis' Center for Virtual Care, a training resource for students and working professionals throughout the region.

Dr. Nesbitt has authored or co-authored more than 60 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters on the use of telecommunications technology in health care and education, and has received numerous awards for his innovation and leadership.

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Health and Technology
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Northern California Center for AIDS Research

Education

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California, 1979

M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1988

B.A., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1975

Residency

University of Washington, Spokane, Washington, 1979-1982

Fellowships

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1986-1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Family Medicine, 1982

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians

California Academy of Family Physicians

California Telehealth/Telemedicine Coordination Project

Community Partnership for Healthy Children

Faculty Physician Scholar

National Board of Medical Examiners

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sierra Health Foundation

Honors and Awards

Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award, American Hospital Association, 2012

Distinguished Achievement Award, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, 2012

Leadership Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine, American Telemedicine Association, 2010

Transformational Leadership Award, UC Davis, School of Medicine, 2009

President's Award, American Telemedicine Association (accepted award on behalf of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology), 2006

Community Service Award, Serotonin Surge Charity, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Nesbitt T, Dharmar M, Katz-Bell J, Hartvigsen G, Marcin J, Telehealth at UC Davis - A 20-year experience. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2013;19(5):357-362.

Dracup K, Moser D, Pelter M, Nesbitt T, Southard J, Paul S, Robinson S, Zègre Hemsey J, Cooper L. Rural patients' knowledge about heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2013.

Dharmar M, Sadorra C, Leigh P, Yang N, Nesbitt T, Marcin J. The financial impact of a pediatric telemedicine program: A children's hospital's perspective. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2013;19(7):502-508.

Meyers F, Hales R, Young H, Nesbitt T, Pomeroy C. Restructuring academic health centers to advance interdisciplinary collaborations: Opportunities for psychiatry departments. Academic Psychiatry. 2013;37(2):72-75.

Dharmar M, Romano P, Kuppermann N, Nesbitt T, Cole S, Andrada E, Vance C, Harvey D, Marcin J. Impact of critical care telemedicine consultations on children in rural emergency departments. Critical Care Medicine. 2013;41(10):2388-2395.

Armstrong A, Kwong M, Chase E, Ledo L, Nesbitt T, Shewry S. Why some dermatologists do not practice store-and-forward teledermatology. Archives of Dermatology. 2012;148(5):649-650.

Cole S, Grubbs J, Din C, Nesbitt T. Rural inpatient telepharmacy consultation demonstration for after-hours medication review. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2012;18(7):530-537.

Armstrong A, Kwong M, Chase E, Ledo L, Nesbitt T, Shewry S. Teledermatology operational considerations, challenges, and benefits: The referring providers' perspective. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2012;18(8):580-584.

Everett W, Kvedar J, Nesbitt T. Telemonitoring in patients with heart failure. New England Journal of Medicine. 2011;364(11):1079.

Robinson S, Moser D, Pelter M, Nesbitt T, Paul S, Dracup K. Assessing health literacy in heart failure patients. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2011;17(11):887-8