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Bret Davis, MD, FACP

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Medical and surgical dermatology
  • Skin cancer
  • Inflammatory and other diseases of the skin
  • This is not a cosmetically oriented practice. 


Accepting new patients?

  • Yes


  • Dr. Davis was previously American Board of Medical Specialties certified in Internal Medicine after a primary care residency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He then served as the Boston University Medical Center Skin Oncology Fellow, in a two-year clinical fellowship focusing on cutaneous lymphoma and with general dermatology clinics as well. He was subsequently American Board of Medical Specialties certified in Dermatology following residency at the then joint Boston University / Tufts University Dermatology program. Dr. Davis also spent one year part-time at the Boston University Dermatologic Surgery division. Dr. Davis worked at a single specialty dermatology practice in Massachusetts, before joining the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic in 1999, pre-dating the Sansum Clinic merger.

Practicing since:

 1996 (28 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 1999 (25 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • University of Washington


  • Dermatology, Boston University/Tufts University
  • Internal Medicine, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard University


  • Internal Medicine, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard University


  • Clinical Fellowship, Skin Oncology, Boston University


  • Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology
  • (Formerly) Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Additional Information


  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member, California Medical Association
  • Member, Santa Barbara County Medical Society

Sansum Clinic Involvement

  • Member, Sutter Health Greater Central Coast Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sansum Santa Barbara Medical Clinic, Inc.
  • Department Co-Chair, Dermatology 
  • Member, two committees with former service on 5 additional committees
  • Former Member, Sansum Clinic Board of Trustees