Frederick James Meyers, M.D.
- Associate Dean, Precision Medicine
- Professor, Department of Medicine and Pathology
- Executive Director, Medical Education and Academic Planning-University of California, Merced
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.