Thomas Payton, MD, MBA, FACEP

Thomas Payton
Associate Professor
Vice Chair and Chief of Clinical Operations
Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer – UF Health


Dr. Thomas Payton is the Vice Chair and Chief of Clinical Operations for the UF Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor for the University of Florida College of Medicine, and Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UFHealth Shands Hospital.

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, 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 and held an adjunct teaching appointment to Temple University.

Since joining UF in 2012, Dr. Payton has led the clinical mission for the Department of Emergency Medicine which has now expanded to four distinct emergency departments. His interests include collaborating with other hospital services to optimize patient-centered care processes, enhancing operational efficiencies and effectiveness, and utilizing the electronic health record system to its fullest potential to support patient care. He recently completed the basic, advanced, ASAP, and analytics physician builder certifications at EPIC, and was appointed as an Associate CMIO at UF Health in 2017.