NEWS | August 1, 2017

Leader in cross-cultural care heads general medicine at UC Davis Health


Shin-Ping Tu, a national expert on improving health care delivery and cross-cultural medical care, has become chief of the Division of General Medicine at UC Davis Health. She joined UC Davis from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was chair of the Division of General Internal Medicine and a faculty member in the Department of Health Administration.

Shin-Ping Tu Shin-Ping Tu

Tu leads a team of nearly 40 UC Davis physicians who provide comprehensive treatment to adults and research innovative ways to advance patient care, train doctors and improve health policy. The division includes geriatric specialists dedicated to addressing health concerns unique to the baby boomer generation, along with bioethicists who guide clinicians and researchers on the ethically complex aspects of their work.

“Dr. Tu is a perfect choice for leading a UC Davis team that helps set national standards in primary health care delivery and outcomes research,” said Tim Albertson, chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine. She brings a valuable perspective on diverse populations and shares our institution’s commitment to training new internists so they are fully capable of providing excellent, culturally intuitive care to patients throughout the U.S. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

Tu’s professional interests emerged from unique life experiences that have taken her from Taiwan to North Africa, Malta and the U.S., exposing her to diverse cultures and health care systems along the way. She completed her medical training at the University of Cincinnati, followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago and fellowship in general internal medicine at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She also earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, where she held her first medical faculty appointment.

Tu’s research encompasses the promotion of early cancer detection, advancing cardiovascular health and optimizing medical care in complex health systems. Her projects have studied ways to help Chinese immigrants use 911 and bystander CPR, an evidence-based intervention for increasing colorectal cancer screening among Chinese and Vietnamese patients, a questionnaire to improve quality of life for patients with COPD and the causes of lung-cancer screening disparities among Asian Americans. More recently, she applied systems engineering and network analytic methods to address health care delivery challenges.

Several organizations have invited Tu to share her expertise on committees aimed at enhancing health awareness and health care delivery, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Washington State Department of Health, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine, Society for General Internal Medicine and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tu receives an annual base salary of $210,100. Additional information about her compensation is available upon request.

More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Internal Medicine, including the Division of General Medicine, is available online.