David Thom

David 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, provides preventive care for patients of all ages, and performs a variety of office procedures.
4.7 out of 5
63 Patient Ratings
5 Patient Comments

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)

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

4.8

Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.7

Recommended to others

4.6

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

My first visit with Dr Thom. Became very comfortable with him. Excellent, including follow-up. Recommendation of a person is not made based on just one interaction/visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Really appreciate Dr Thoms excellent bed side manner. He didnt rush my questions and I felt my questions were addressed thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Thom is very detailed and takes his time listening. He was as concerned as I was that we treat the pneumonia correctly and in a timely manner. I was confident that he was taking me in the right direction. He was good at answering all our questions and explaining things in detail. In my and my husbands opinion he is an asset to the clinic.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I hope my husband changes to Dr. Thom - he's excellent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I was delighted and very happy about my visit with Dr. Thom, whom I met for the first time at this appointment.

4.7 out of 5
63 Patient Ratings
5 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

My first visit with Dr Thom. Became very comfortable with him. Excellent, including follow-up. Recommendation of a person is not made based on just one interaction/visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Really appreciate Dr Thoms excellent bed side manner. He didnt rush my questions and I felt my questions were addressed thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Thom is very detailed and takes his time listening. He was as concerned as I was that we treat the pneumonia correctly and in a timely manner. I was confident that he was taking me in the right direction. He was good at answering all our questions and explaining things in detail. In my and my husbands opinion he is an asset to the clinic.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I hope my husband changes to Dr. Thom - he's excellent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I was delighted and very happy about my visit with Dr. Thom, whom I met for the first time at this appointment.