Thomas Payton, MD, MBA, FACEP

Thomas PaytonAssistant Professor
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations – UF Health Shands Hospital


Dr. Thomas Payton is the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the UF Department of Emergency Medicine and Shands ED, Medical Director of the Adult Emergency Department, and Assistant Professor for the University of Florida College of Medicine.

He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Dr. Payton is a Florida native, and earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, FL. He held two careers – one as a mortgage lending corporation comptroller and one as a paramedic in Flagler and Orange Counties – before entering medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Dr. Payton did his Emergency Medicine residency at Geisinger Health System, Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident his senior year. During residency, he flew over 80 air medical missions as a Flight Physician for the Life Flight helicopter program at Geisinger.  After a year in community Emergency Medicine practice in North Carolina, he returned to Geisinger where he ultimately became the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and held an adjunct teaching appointment to Temple University.  While in Pennsylvania, Dr. Payton remained active in Emergency Medical Services, serving on a multi-county EMS medical advisory board and as the medical director for an ALS EMS company in central PA.  Dr. Payton’s academic interests include medicolegal topics in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department management and operations, and EMS.  He has authored and co-authored chapters in various EMS textbooks, and has participated in research in the fields of EMS, residency education, snow-sports related head injuries, and the effectiveness of Emergency Pharmacologists in sepsis treatment.