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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H.

Nathan FairmanAssistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817



Dr. Fairman is board-certified in general psychiatry, with subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He holds appointments in psychosomatic medicine and palliative care, serving as an attending physician on both consult services at the UC Davis Medical Center. In addition, he sees patients in the psycho-oncology clinic at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fairman is also a faculty associate in the Bioethics Program in the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Fairman has a variety of teaching responsibilities throughout the UC Davis Health System, focused primarily on palliative care, communication, and bioethics.

Dr. Fairman received his bachelor of arts degree from Swarthmore College, where he was a national McCabe Scholar. He obtained his medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine, followed by a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow. He returned to UC Davis for training as a resident in general psychiatry. Prior to joining the academic faculty, Dr. Fairman was a fellow in palliative care psychiatry at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. Dr. Fairman’s expertise lies at the interface of psychiatry and palliative care, attending to the psychosocial needs of patients with serious, life-threatening medical illnesses, as well as working to support their loved ones and other caregivers.