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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 clinical interests include: General family medicine, preventive medicine and screening.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Fenton's research focuses on screening, prevention, patient-doctor communication, and increasing value in primary healthcare. 


Professor, Department of 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
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Phone: 916-734-3630

Additional Phone:

Phone: 916-734-2820
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1996
M.P.H., Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2004
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1991


Family Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital/UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1996-1997


Family Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital/UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1997-1999


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

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine, 1999

Professional Memberships:

North American Primary Care Research Group
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Research Award, Honorable Mention, 2014

Joan Oettinger Memorial Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2013

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

Select Recent Publications:

Epstein RM, Duberstein PR, Fenton JJ, Fiscella K, et al. Effect of a patient-centered communication intervention on oncologist-patient-caregiver communication, quality of life, and healthcare utilization in advanced cancer: the Values and Options in Cancer Care (VOICE) cluster randomized trial. JAMA Oncology. 2017;3(1):92-100.

Fenton JJ, Robbins JA, Amarnath AD, Franks P: Osteoporosis overtreatment in a regional health system. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2016 Jan; 4:1-3. [e-pub online] 

Fenton JJ, Franks P, Feldman MD, Jerant A, Henry SG, Paterniti DA, Kravitz RL: Impact of patient requests on provider-perceived visit difficulty in primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30:214-20. 

Fenton JJ, Kravitz RL, Jerant A, Paterniti DA, Bang H, Williams D, Epstein RM, Franks P: Promoting patient-centered counseling to reduce low-value diagnostic tests: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015 Dec;7:1-7.

Fenton JJ, Zhu W, Balch S, Smith-Bindman R, Fishman P, Hubbard RA: Distinguishing screening from diagnostic mammograms using Medicare claims data. Medical Care. 2014;52:e44-51.

Fenton JJ, Xing G, Elmore JG, Bang H, Chen SL, Lindfors KK, Baldwin LM: Short-term screening mammography outcomes using computer-aided detection: A population-based study of Medicare enrollees. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013;158(8):580-7. 

Fenton JJ, Jerant AF, Bertakis KD, Franks P: The cost of satisfaction: a national study of patient satisfaction, utilization, expenditures, and mortality. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012;172(5):405-411.

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, 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. 2007;2(3):332-337.

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. 2007;167(6):580-585.

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).