University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine

Bio for Tavis Cowan, M.D.
Tavis Cowan, M.D.

Tavis Cowan, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
Family Medicine, Fanny Allen Campus, WICC


1997 – 2000   Family Practice Residency
1999 – 2000   Chief Resident
                       University of North Dakota, Minot Center for Family Medicine
                       Minot, North Dakota

1993 – 1997   MD, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
                       Portland, Oregon

1992 – 1993   Post-Baccalaureate, Oregon State University
                      Corvallis, Oregon

1996 – 1990   BS- History (with Highest Honors), Oregon State University
                       Corvallis Oregon

1982 – 1986   Diploma (Valedictorian), Elgin High School
                       Elgin, Oregon

Academic Interests

Community Health, Health Promotion
Sports/Wilderness Medicine
Acute/Emergency Care
Aerospace Medicine
Addiction Medicine


Community Health/Health Promotion
Sports/Wilderness Medicine
Acute/Emergency Care
Aerospace Medicine
Addiction Medicine

Academic Appointments

2010-present  Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Research Grants

July 2012 – one year VCHIP Program
Improving Adolescent Health Care:  Health Improvement Directed Activities for Medicaid-Eligible Children/Youth
Personal area: Prescription drug abuse
An evidence based review for family physicians will be developed.  Focusing on prescription drug abuse prevention and screening, this information will be delivered in an interactive format to family medicine residents, the family medicine student interest group, small groups of family physicians (offices), and other interested audiences in Chittenden and Washington counties.  Public informational materials for family practice offices will be developed.  A successful community intervention model from Oregon will serve as a springboard for this effort.  A family medicine resident will have an opportunity to participate.
12.5% FTE matched effort
*Current VCHIP Program- focus on transitions of care for children/adolescents