Frederick Meyers, M.D.

Frederick James Meyers, M.D.





Internal Medicine


  • Associate Dean, Precision Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Medicine and Pathology
  • Executive Director, Medical Education and Academic Planning-University of California, Merced


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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

A member of the UC Davis faculty since 1982, Dr. Meyers has distinguished himself as a national expert in hematology and oncology, with a special emphasis on cancer molecular biology, metastatic cancer, end-of-life care and pain management. He served as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine for 12 years, senior associate dean for academic affairs and medical director of home health services.

Under Dr. Meyers’ visionary leadership, the Department of Internal Medicine flourished as a productive and dynamic center of academic medicine. With a focus on translating basic science research into clinical therapies and advancing the practice of evidence-based medicine, the department’s academic and clinical programs have made high-impact innovations to advance health.

Dr. Meyers is a longtime leader of the hospice movement in the United States, establishing programs that are now national models for providing compassionate, end-of-life care. He is well-known for his work in "simultaneous care," a model of care that allows cancer patients with advanced disease to receive both investigational treatments and palliative care.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Meyers, vice dean for the UC Davis School of Medicine, oversees the research, teaching, clinical care and community engagement missions of the medical school and closely coordinates with the leadership across the health system to advance the health of patients and their families. He is also the executive director of Medical Education and Academic Planning for the University of California, Merced. He is leading the effort to begin a UC Merced medical school that would train new physicians in the San Joaquin Valley to provide care in the medically underserved communities.


Hematology and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1976

B.S., UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1973

Internship: Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1976-1977


Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1977-1979


Hematology/Oncology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1979-1982

Board Certifications

American Board of Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine,

American Board of Internal Medicine,

American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology,

American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology,

Professional Memberships

Academy of Hospice Physicians

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Association for Cancer Education

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American College of Physicians (Master)

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Society of Hematology

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Western Association of Physicians

Western Society for Clinical Investigation

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Professor, 2020

Speaker, UC Davis School of Medicine Commencement, welcome and introduction, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, 2019, 2020

Elected President of Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS), 2019

School of Medicine Research Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to biomedical science and medicine through clinical research activities, stipend and $7,500 for support of a research fellow, 2018

"Precision Medicine Big Idea" was chosen, one out of 10 selected, in a highly competitive process of 200 submissions, to be advanced and featured to our donors, 2017

Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award, 2016

UC Davis Dean's Hero Award, Dean Freischlag gave the first UC Davis Dean's Hero Award to Vice Dean Meyers in a Town Hall on June 11, 2014

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, 2010

Lane Adams Quality of Life Award American Cancer Society, 2010

Distinguished Leadership Award Huntington�s Disease Society of America, 2010

Excellence in Palliative Medicine Award California State Hospice and Palliative Care Association, 2008

American Cancer Society Palliative Care Award, 2007

Master, American College of Physicians, 2006

Circle of Life Award American Hospital Association, 2003

Resolution #1541 for Palliative Care Education Research State of California Legislature, 2003

AOA, 1997

Distinguished Alumnus Award UC Davis, 1993

Joan Oettinger Memorial Award UC Davis, 1989

American Cancer Society Faculty Career Development Award, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award, UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, 1988, 1989

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences, 1988

Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellowship, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

Christine Landgraf Memorial Award, 1981

Select Recent Publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Meyers' publications, please click here (opens new window).

Greenier J, Hayashi S, Vitta B, Reeves RL, Copara M, Moglen D, Meyers F, Berglund L. The FUTURE Partner Network: Linking Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars to Ph.D. Professionals to Inform Career Decisions, Lorena Infante Lara, Laura Daniel and Roger Chakley, (ed). BEST-Implementing Career Development Activities for Biomedical Research Trainees, Elsevier. 2020 Feb;8:123-127.

Schweitzer JB, Rainwater JA, Ton H, Giacinto RE, Sauder CAM, Meyers FJ. Building a comprehensive mentoring academy for schools of health. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Aug 28;3(5):211-217. doi:10.1017/cts.2019.406.

Bateni, SB, Canter, RJ, Meyers, FJ, Galante, JM, Bold, RJ. Palliative Care Training and Decision-Making for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Comparison of Surgeons and Medical Physicians. Surgery. 2018 Jul;164(1): 77-85. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2018.01.021.

Mather A, Brandt P, Chalkley R, Daniels L, Labosky P, Stayart C, Meyers FJ. Evolution of a Functional Taxonomy of Career Pathways for Biomedical Trainees. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2018 Apr; 2(2):63–65. Published online 2018 Aug 8. doi:10.1017/cts.2018.22.

Bateni SB, Bold RJ, Meyers FJ, Canter DJ, Canter RJ. Comparison of common risk stratification indices to predict outcomes among stage IV cancer patients with bowel obstruction undergoing surgery. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Mar;117(3): 479–487. Published online 2017 Oct 16. doi:10.1002/jso.24866.

Bateni SB, Gingrich AA, Stewart SL, Meyers FJ, Bold RJ, Canter RJ. Hospital utilization and disposition among patients with malignant bowel obstruction: a population-based comparison of surgical to medical management. BMC Cancer. 2018;18:1166. Published online 2018 Nov 26. doi:10.1186/s12885-018-5108-9.

Bateni SB, David EA, Bold RJ, Cooke DT, Meyers FJ, Canter RJ. Lung resection is safe and feasible among stage IV cancer patients: An American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program analysis. Surgery. 2017 May;161(5):1307-1314. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2016.11.002. Epub 2016 Dec 20.

Bateni SB, Meyers FJ, Bold RJ, Canter RJ. Increased Rates of Prolonged Length of Stay, Readmissions, and Discharge to Care Facilities among Postoperative Patients with Disseminated Malignancy: Implications for Clinical Practice. PloS one. 2016 Oct 25;11(10):e0165315. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165315.

Meyers FJ, Mathur A, Fuhrmann CN, O'Brien TC, Wefes I, Labosky PA, Duncan DS, August A, Feig A, Gould KL, Friedlander MJ, Schaffer CB, Van Wart A, Chalkley R. The origin and implementation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training programs: an NIH common fund initiative. FASEB J. 2016 Feb;30(2):507-14. doi:10.1096/fj.15-276139. Epub 2015 Oct 2.

Meyers TJ, Meyers FJ. Editorial--Accelerating precision oncology in the 21st century. Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec;24(4):359-60. doi:10.1016/j.suronc.2015.11.001.