Anthony Jerant, a physician-leader known for his commitment to patient- and family-centered care, has become chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.
Jerant, who joined UC Davis Health in 1998, leads a team of about 20 physicians who provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages, educate the next generation of primary care physicians, and research new ways to treat disease and improve community health. His department trains nearly 50 family medicine residents each year and is highly active in research to support informed health care decision-making for patients, providers and policymakers.
“Dr. Jerant brings a terrific range of skills and experience to the helm of the department,” said Lars Berglund, interim dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. “The changing landscape in health care represents a critical time for family practitioners, who are crucial to assuring access to high-quality care while effectively managing health resources. Dr. Jerant’s dedication to developing new models of patient care will elevate health throughout the nation.”
Jerant's research initiatives focus on enhancing patient-physician communications, improving the care of mental health conditions in primary care settings, increasing preventive services and engaging and activating patients in managing their chronic diseases. As chair, he will collaborate with UC Davis Health leaders on recruitment practices that assure diversity in the physician workforce.
A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, Jerant completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma and internship at Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital at Fort Ord. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he served as a physician in the U.S. Army, including four years on the faculty of the family medicine residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon.
Jerant is one of UC Davis’ most honored medical educators, known by his students for being both knowledgeable and approachable. His residents have honored him several times with the department’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He also received the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest teaching honor.
“I am so honored to have been selected for this role, and I am energized to build on our department’s legacy of success,” Jerant said. “Simply put, I love this team, our institution and the communities we serve, and I look forward to advancing our proactive, population-minded approach to improving health.”
In his new position, Jerant will receive an annual base salary of $225,600. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.
More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is available online.