Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H. completed a primary care general internal medicine residency at NYU and Bellevue Hospital and then spent four years in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Travis Air Force Base.
A Professor of General Internal Medicine, Fancher is currently Vice Chair for Workforce Diversity and Associate Dean of Workforce Innovation and Education Quality Improvement.
Since joining UC Davis in 2002 as a Health Services Research fellow, she has worked in undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education to address workforce shortages in medically underserved communities.
As principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $15 million in grants from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and from the American Medical Association, her work has created California’s first 3-year M.D. pathway to primary care and a regional collaborative with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), to address physician shortages in rural, tribal, urban and communities between Sacramento and Portland. Most recently she is collaborating with Charlene Green, M.A., L.M.F.T., to develop a community college to medical school pathway focused on primary care.
Fancher serves on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s DEI Advisory Committee and HRSA’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Her scholarly work focuses on challenges and solutions to inequities in medical education.
Fancher graduated from Cornell University where she majored in classics and biology. She is mom to a 14-year-old cattle dog, Sydney.