Tonya L. Fancher, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. for UC Davis Health

Tonya L. Fancher, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Educational Quality Improvement

Professor, Division of General Medicine

Interim Division Chief, General Internal Medicine

Tonya L. Fancher is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

General Medicine
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Get Directions

Phone: 916-734-2737

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fancher's current research focuses on medical education, underserved care, the provision of mental health care in the primary care setting and depression in Southeast Asian populations.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Fancher is a general internist interested in medical education, workforce diversity, and primary care.


General Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.A., Classics and Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1991

Medical School

M.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York City NY 1995

Other School

M.P.H., UC Davis, Davis CA 2003


Internal Medicine, New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, New York NY 1995-1998


General Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2002-2004

Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate, 2020

Dean’s Team Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, 2020

Gold Humanism Faculty Inductee, 2016

Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, 2015

Exceptional Women of Color Award, 2014

Leong SL, Gillespie C, Jones B, Fancher T, Coe CL, Dodson L, Hunsaker M, Thompson BM, Dempsey A, Pallay R, Crump W, Cangiarella J. Accelerated 3-Year MD Pathway Programs: Graduates' Perspectives on Education Quality, the Learning Environment, Residency Readiness, Debt, Burnout, and Career Plans. Acad Med. 2022 Feb 1;97(2):254-261. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000004332. PMID:34380931.

Westervelt M, Billingsley D, London M, Fancher TL. It's not just about admissions: making medical student advancement equitable. AMA Journal of Ethics. December 2021 Dec.

Burk-Rafel J, Marin M, Triola M, Fancher T, Ko M, Mejicano G, Skochelak S, Santen SA, Richardson The AMA Graduate Profile: Tracking Medical School Graduates Into Practice. J Acad Med. 2021 Nov 1;96(11S):S178-S179. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000004315.PMID:34705676.

Terregino CA, Byerley J, Henderson DD, Friedman E, Elks ML, Kirstein IJ, Leep-Hunderfund AN, Fancher TL. Cultivating the physician workforce: Recruiting, training, and retaining physicians to meet the needs of the population. Med Teach. 2021 Jul;43(sup2):S39-S48. doi:10.1080/0142159X.2021.1935832. PMID:34291716.

Jerant A, Fancher T, Henderson MC, Griffin EJ, Hall TR, Kelly CJ, Peterson EM, Franks P. Associations of Postbaccalaureate Coursework with Underrepresented Race/Ethnicity, Academic Performance, and Primary Care Training among Matriculants at Five California Medical Schools. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021;32(2):971-986. doi:10.1353/hpu.2021.0075. PMID:34120988.

Carmody JB, Green LM, Kiger PG, Baxter JD, Cassese T, Fancher TL, George P, Griffin EJ, Haywood YC, Henderson D, Hueppchen NA, Karras DJ, Leep Hunderfund AN, Lindsley JE, McGuire PG, Meholli M, Miller CS, Monrad SU, Nelson KL, Olson KA, Pahwa AK, Starr SR, Tunkel AR, Van Eck RN, Youm JH, Ziring DJ, Rajasekaran SK. Medical Student Attitudes toward USMLE Step 1 and Health Systems Science - A Multi-Institutional Survey. Teach Learn Med. 2021 Apr-May;33(2):139-153. doi:10.1080/10401334.2020.1825962. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID:33289589.

Henderson MC, Jerant A, Unkart J, Griffin EJ, Sciolla SF, Kelly CJ, Peterson EM, Hall T, Wofsy D, Fancher TL. The Relationships among Self-Designated Disadvantage, Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and Academic Performance in Medical School: A Multi-Institutional Study. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(4S):208-222. doi:10.1353/hpu.2020.0151. PMID:35061622.

Doubeni CA, Fancher TL, Juarez P, Riedy C, Persell SD, Sandvold I, Schmitz D, Sochalski J. A Framework for Transforming Primary Care Health Care Professions Education and Training to Promote Health Equity. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(4S):193-207. doi:10.1353/hpu.2020.0150. PMID:35061621.

Ravenna PA, Bream KD, Fancher T, Juarez P, Klusaritz HA, Matthews-Juarez P, Persell SD, Phillips RS, Riedy C, Patterson DG. Who, What, and Where: Transforming Primary Care Education to Advance Health Equity. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(4S):128-138. doi:10.1353/hpu.2020.0144. PMID:35061615.

Natt N, Dekhtyar M, Park YS, Shinkai K, Carney PA, Fancher TL, Lawson L, Leep Hunderfund AN. Promoting Value Through Patient-Centered Communication: A Multisite Validity Study of Third-Year Medical Students. Acad Med. 2020 Dec;95(12):1900-1907. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003519. PMID:32459676.