David H Thom

Family medicine doctor

Bio:   Dr. Thom is a family medicine physician and PhD-trained epidemiologist, who has over 30 years of experience in clinical care, research and teaching, primarily at Stanford and at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Over the course of his career, Dr. Thom has conducted over 20 studies, in the areas of cardiovascular disease, women’s health, the doctor-patient relationship and on health coaching for patients with chronic disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed, original research articles and over a dozen book chapters and has presented his work at numerous national and international meetings. Dr. Thom recently served as the Vice Chair for Research in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine from 2015 until his retirement from UCSF in 2018.

In addition to teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Thom has been a research and/or career mentor to over 50 students, residents, fellows and junior faculty members. He served as a core faculty member for the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship Program from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Thom is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford. He provides clinical care and teaches medical students at the Stanford Family Medicine clinic. As a family physician, Dr. Thom diagnoses and treats a wide range of conditions and provides preventive care for patients of all ages, and performs a variety of office procedures.

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • PhD, University of Washington School of Public Health, Epidemiology (1991)
  • MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, Epidemiology (1989)
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (1986)
  • Residency: Santa Rosa Family Practice (1986) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California San Diego School of Medicine Registrar (1983) CA
  • AB, Stanford University, Human Biology (1979)