Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Richard Louis Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.


Health Policy

Internal Medicine


  • Professor
  • Co-vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine


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Clinical Interests

Richard Kravitz is Professor and Co-vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis. As a clinician, he believes that careful history taking, judicious use of diagnostic studies, and clear communication are the fundamentals of good medical care.

His primary research interests include patients as agents for quality, the causes and consequences of physician behavior, and improving care for mental health conditions in primary care settings.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kravitz has examined patients' expectations for care, how physicians respond to patients' requests for services, and how direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs influences physician decision making in depression. He recently completed a project evaluating targeted and tailored messaging to enhance care seeking for depression in general medical practices, and he is currently researching a phone app that helps patients with chronic pain design their own personalized clinical trials.

The winner of the 2013 George Engel Award for Outstanding Research Contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Health Care Communication and Related Skills, Dr. Kravitz currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Academy Health, he is a graduate of Stanford University and UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed additional clinical and research training at UCLA, where he served on faculty until his 1993 arrival at UC Davis.


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1983

B.S., Stanford University, Stanford CA 1979

Internship: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 1983-1984


University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 1984-1986


Robert Wood Johnson, Veterans Administration Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 1986-1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1986

Special Certificate in Geriatric Medicine,

Professional Memberships

Fellow, AcademyHealth

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Society of General Internal Medicine

Honors and Awards

American Academy for Communication in Healthcare, 2014

Academy Health, Article of the Year Award, 2006

Society of General Medicine, Best Published Research Paper of the Year, 2006

UC Davis Health System Ambassador of Diversity Award, 2005

Academy Health Outstanding Abstract(Health Disparities Category, 2004

UC Davis School of Medicine Excellence in Research and Mentoring Award, 2003

Select Recent Publications

Jerant A, Kravitz RL, Sohler N, Fiscella K, Romero RL, Parnes B, Tancredi DJ, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Slee C, Dvorak S, Turner C, Hudnut A, Prieto F, Franks P: Sociopsychological tailoring to address colorectal cancer screening disparities: a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Family Medicine. 2014;12(3):204-14. 

Li N, Orrange S, Kravitz RL, Bell RA: Reasons for and predictors of patients’ online health information seeking following a medical appointment. Family Practice. 2014;31(5):550-6.

Duan N, Kravitz RL, Schmid CH: Single-patient (n-of-1) trials: a pragmatic clinical decision methodology for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. J of Cl Epidemiology. 2013;66(8 Suppl):S21-8. 

Wilkes MS, Day FC, Srinivasan M, Griffin E, Trancredi DJ, Rainwater JA, Kravitz RL, Bell DS, Hoffman JR: Pairing physician education with patient activation to improve shared decisions in prostate cancer screening: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Annals of Family Medicine. 2013;11(4):324-34.

Trancredi DJ, Slee CK, Jerant A, Franks P, Nettiksimmons J, Cirpri C, Gottfeld D, Huerta J, Feldman MD, Jackson-Triche M, Kelly-Reif S, Hudnut A, Olson S, Shelton J, Kravitz RL: Targeted versus tailored multimedia patient engagement to enhance depression recognition and treatment in primary care: randomized controlled trial protocol for the AMEP2 study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013;13(1):141.

Hoerger M, Epstein RM, Winters PC, Fiscella K, Duberstein PR, Gramling R, Butow PN, Mohile SG, Kaesberg PR, Tang W, Plumb S, Walczak A, Back AL, Trancredi D, Venuti A, Cipri C, Escalera G, Ferro C, Gaudion D, Hoh B, Leatherwood B, Lewis L, Robinson M, Sullivan P, Kravitz RL: Values and options in cancer care (VOICE): study design and rationale for a patient-centered communication and decision-making intervention for physicians, patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers. BMC Cancer. 2013;13(1):188.

Moreland CJ, Kravitz RL, Paterniti DA, Li CS, Lin TC, White RH: Anticoagulation education: do patients understand potential medication-related emergencies? Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2013;39(1):22-31. 

Kravitz RL, Bell RA: Media, messages, and medication: strategies to reconcile what patients hear, what they want, and what they need from medications. BMC Med Inform Decision Making. 2013;13 Suppl 3:S5.

Kravitz RL, Franks P, Feldman MD, Tancredi DJ, Slee CA, Epstein RM, Duperstein RP, Bell RA, Jackson-Triche M, Paterniti DA, Cipri C, losif AM, Olson S, Kelly-Reif S, Hudnut A, Dvorak S, Turner C, Jerant A: Patient engagement programs for recognition and initial treatment of depression in primary care: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2013;310(17):18118-28.

Chen C, Haddad D, Selksy J, Hoffman JE, Kravitz RL, Estrin DE, Sim I: Making sense of mobile health data: an open architecture to improve individual- and population-level health. J Med Internal Res. 2012;14(4):e112.