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.
4.6 out of 5
161 Patient Ratings
18 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: American Board of Family Medicine, 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.

4.7

Friendliness

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.7

Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.7

Clear Communication

4.5

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jan 2021

Very attentive, listens to my concerns

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Very good experience

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Great experience. Dr. Thom is very helpful and caring physician. Goes out of the way to help. Very knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Dr. Thom is fantastic and I feel lucky to have him as my primary. I am a patient with a lot of medical issues and he has helped me try to narrow down some of my appointments with so many doctors because he really cares and is tops in knowing medical problems.

SHC Patient, Oct 2020

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2020

Dr. Thom is amazing. I am so happy he is now my primary. He is very concerned about my many issues and is helping me get it all in order to better my life.

SHC Patient, Sep 2020

Dr. Thom is fantastic and cares so much. I feel so lucky to have been referred to him. He is exceptional and I have many medical issues and he is helping me to cope and eliminate worries of dealing with so many problems with medical care. He even called me on a Saturday evening to ask if I was okay. I can't say enough good things about him. I appreciate him so much!

SHC Patient, Jul 2020

My app. was for yearly physical but the whole visit was about 15 min. He only listen to my heart and lung!! Nothing else!! Is this normal??

SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Dr. Thom is a professional that closely listened to my needs. He took more time than I thought he would with me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

I have only seen Dr. Thom once so far; I like his calm and quiet disposition and the fact that he didn't rush the appointment.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr. Thom is great - so glad to have him as my new doctor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

"Best ever."

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4.6 out of 5
161 Patient Ratings
18 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jan 2021

Very attentive, listens to my concerns

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Very good experience

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Great experience. Dr. Thom is very helpful and caring physician. Goes out of the way to help. Very knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Nov 2020

Dr. Thom is fantastic and I feel lucky to have him as my primary. I am a patient with a lot of medical issues and he has helped me try to narrow down some of my appointments with so many doctors because he really cares and is tops in knowing medical problems.

SHC Patient, Oct 2020

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2020

Dr. Thom is amazing. I am so happy he is now my primary. He is very concerned about my many issues and is helping me get it all in order to better my life.

SHC Patient, Sep 2020

Dr. Thom is fantastic and cares so much. I feel so lucky to have been referred to him. He is exceptional and I have many medical issues and he is helping me to cope and eliminate worries of dealing with so many problems with medical care. He even called me on a Saturday evening to ask if I was okay. I can't say enough good things about him. I appreciate him so much!

SHC Patient, Jul 2020

My app. was for yearly physical but the whole visit was about 15 min. He only listen to my heart and lung!! Nothing else!! Is this normal??

SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Dr. Thom is a professional that closely listened to my needs. He took more time than I thought he would with me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

I have only seen Dr. Thom once so far; I like his calm and quiet disposition and the fact that he didn't rush the appointment.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr. Thom is great - so glad to have him as my new doctor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

"Best ever."

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Thom showed a level of care and understanding that I have received from few. Thank you Stanford & Dr. Thom for the caring, understand & compassion.

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.