Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H.

Nathan Paul Fairman, M.D., M.P.H.




Palliative Care

Psychosomatic Medicine


  • Assistant Professor


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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fairman is board-certified in general psychiatry, with subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

He holds appointments in psychosomatic medicine and palliative care, serving as an attending physician on both consult services at the UC Davis Medical Center. In addition, he sees patients in the psycho-oncology clinic at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Fairman is also a faculty associate in the Bioethics Program in the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Fairman has a variety of teaching responsibilities throughout the UC Davis Health System, focused primarily on palliative care, communication, and bioethics.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2005

M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health, Cambridge MA 2006

B.A., Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA 1995

Internship: Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2006-2007


Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2007-2010


Palliative Care Psychiatry, Institute for palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego CA 2010-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychosocial Oncology Society

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Select Recent Publications

Fairman N, Hirst JM, Irwin SA. Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. Washington, DC. Mar 2016.

Fairman N, Irwin SA. Depression and the Desire to Die Near the End of Life. In: Youngner SJ, Arnold RM, Eds. The Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life. Oxford University Press. New York, NY. Jan 2016.

Fairman N, Hirst JM, Irwin SA. Depression and Anxiety: Assessment and Management in Hospitalized Patients with Serious Illness. In: Pantilat S, Anderson W, Gonzales M, Widera E, Eds. Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ. Feb 2015.

Fairman N, Thomas LP, Whitmore S, Meier EA, Irwin SA. What did I miss? A qualitative assessment of the impact of patient suicide on hospice clinical staff. J Palliat Med. 2014 Jul;17(7):832-6.

Irwin SA, Mausbach BT, Koo D, Fairman N, Roepke-Buehler SK, Chattillion EA, Dimsdale JE, Patterson TL, Ancoli-Israel S, Mills PJ, von Känel R, Ziegler MG, Grant I. Association between hospice care and psychological outcomes in Alzheimer's spousal caregivers. J Palliat Med. 2013 Nov;16(11):1450-4.

Iglewicz A, Morrison K, Nelesen RA, Zhan T, Iglewicz B, Fairman N, Hirst JM, Irwin SA. Ketamine for the Treatment of Depression in Patients Receiving Hospice Care: A Retrospective Medical Record Review of Thirty-One Cases. Psychosomatics. 2014 Jun 5. pii: S0033-3182(14)00079-6.

Fairman N, Irwin SA. A retrospective case series of suicide attempts leading to hospice admission. Palliat Support Care. 2013 Jun;11(3):273-6.

Fairman N, Irwin SA. Palliative care psychiatry: update on an emerging dimension of psychiatric practice. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2013 Jul;15(7):374.

Fairman N, Crofut A, Servis M. Crisis as a classroom: use of a health systems crisis to teach ethics and professionalism. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Mar 1;36(2):138-41.