Shin-Ping Tu, M.D., M.P.H.

Shin-Ping Tu, M.D., M.P.H.






  • Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Bioethics


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 916-734-7005
Fax: 916-734-2732
Clinic Fax: 916-734-0811
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to establish a partnership with my patients to enhance their health and manage their illness. Focusing on the whole person is paramount to my medical practice because of the impact different parts of our bodies and the environment we live in have on health and disease.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tu is a board certified general internist who has provided comprehensive medical care for nearly 25 years.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Tu’s research interests encompass early detection of cancer, cardiovascular health, tobacco control, cross cultural care, the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions, and health care delivery in complex systems. 


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH 1989

M.P.H>, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1996

B.A., Duke University, Durham NC 1985


Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago IL 1989-1993


General Internal Medicine, Seattle Veterans Admin (VA) Medical Center, Seattle WA

General Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1993-1996

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2013

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1990

Professional Memberships


Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

American College of Physicians

American Public Health Association



Society of General Internal Medicine

Society of Hospital Medicine

Honors and Awards

Hibbard�E�Williams�Endowed�Chief�Division�of�General�Internal�Medicine,�Department�of�Internal�Medicine,�University�of�California�Davis, 2017

Christopher�Jenkins�Cancer�Control�Award�for�community-based�participatory�research�on�cancer�prevention�and�control�in�the�Asian�American�and�Canadian�communities�including�seminal�work�in�the�early�detection�of�colorectal�cancer, 2016

G.�Watson�James�Professor,�Department�of�Internal�Medicine,�Virginia�Commonwealth�University, 2015

Society�for�Public�Health�Education�(SOPHE)�Annual�Meeting�Awards.�W.�Green�Paper�of�the�Year�Award,�Third�Place, 2012

Clinician-Investigator�Award,�Society�for�General�Internal�Medicine,�Northwest�Region, 2010

Select Recent Publications

Bishop S, Kushinka J, Tu S. Trapped in the Harberger Triangle. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017.

Krist A, Woolf S, Hochheimer C, Sabo R, Kashiri P, Jones R, Lafata J, Etz R, Tu SP. Harnessing Information Technology to Help Patients Make Better Decisions – Cancer Screening as a Test Case. Annals of Family Medicine. 2017;15(3):217-224.

Lazzara EH, Keebler JR, Day S, DiazGranados D, Pan M, King MA, Tu SP. Understanding Teamwork in the Provision of Cancer Care: Highlighting the Role of Trust. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2016; 2(11):1084-1090.

Cole AM, Tu SP, Fernandez ME, Calo WA, Hotz J, Wolver S. Reported Use of Electronic Health Records to Implement Evidence Based Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2015;26(4):1235-45.

Linzer M, Bitton A, Tu SP, Plews-Ogan M, Horowitz KR, Schwartz MD; Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Writing Group*. The End of the 15-20 Minute Primary Care Visit. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015; 30(11):1584-6.

Mishra V, Masters H, Phillips A, Storch R, Tu SP. You can’t improve what you don’t measure: A systems engineering approach to developing geographically-matched patient-provider teams. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015; 30(2):S307.

Tu SP, Young VM, Coombs LJ, Williams RS, Kegler MC, Kimura AT, Risendal BC, Friedman DB, Glenn BA, Pfeiffer DJ, Fernandez ME. Practice adaptive reserve and colorectal cancer screening best practices at community health center clinics in 7 states. Cancer. 2014; 121(8):1241-8.

Tu SP, Chun A, Yasui Y, Kuniyuki A, Yip M, Taylor V, Bastani R. Adaptation of an evidence-based intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening: a quasi-experimental study. Implementation Science. 2014; 9(1):85.

Tu SP, Feng S, Storch R, Yip MP, Sohng H, Fu M, Chun A. Applying systems engineering to implement an evidence-based intervention at a community health center. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2012; 23:1399-1409.

Tu SP, Taylor V, Yasui Y, Chun A, Yip MP, Acorda E, Li L, Bastani R. Promoting culturally appropriate colorectal cancer screening through a health educator: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2006; 107(5):959-966.