T. Brian Callister, M.D., FACP, SFHM

Professor, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs - School of Medicine - Director of Rural Medical Education


T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, SFHM is a board-certified internal medicine and hospitalist specialist who is nationally recognized as an expert in hospital care transitions and end-of-life care. He is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Rural Medical Education for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He is also the Governor of Nevada for the American College of Physicians. Dr. Callister previously served as the National Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer, and Senior Physician Executive for LifeCare Hospitals, one of the largest Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) Hospital systems in the country, from 2004 until April of 2016.

As the chairman of the clinical committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association, he led the effort to developthe first national LTAC industry outcome benchmark study and has been a leader in acute criteria development for both the American Hospital Association and The Joint Commission. Dr. Callister has served on multiple CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Technical Expert Panels for quality benchmark development, and has worked as an advisor for the CDC, RTI, and NHSN on quality measure development and implementation. In 2012, he was nominated by Modern Healthcareas one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.

In addition to his work in national acute care medicine, Dr. Callister is a past president of the Nevada State Medical Association and the American College of Physicians Northern Nevada District. He was the chief of staff or the chief medical officer of several hospital systems spanning three decades and was the Nevada State chairman for the American Medical Association's (AMA) Organized Medical Staff Section. In 1995, he co-founded the Sierra Hospitalists medical group, which grew into one of the nation's largest private hospitalist physician practices.

Dr. Callister is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University with a degree in economics and received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his specialty training in internal medicine at UCLA where he was voted the Outstanding Physician of the Year. He was in the inaugural class of 500 physicians worldwide to be awarded the title of Fellow in Hospital Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians Dr. Callister lectures frequently around the country on multiple subjects ranging from care transitions and hospitalist programs to end-of-life issues and spirituality in healthcare. The American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter named Dr. Callister as the 2011 Volunteerism and Community Service Award winner and he is a recipient of the Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to the community.

Professional Experience

  • National Medical Director, LifeCare Hospitals, Plano, TX, 2004 - present 
  • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Nevada, 1992 - present 
  • Member, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) on Readmissions, Ventilator Weaning and Bundles, LTAC Hospitals, and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality and Outcome Measure Development, Washington, DC, 2011- 2015 
  • Member, Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) CAUTI Criteria and Surveillance Expert Panel, Atlanta, GA, 2012 – 2015 
  • Member, American Hospital Association (AHA) Expert Workgroup on national Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) and post-acute criteria development, 2010 – 2013 
  • Chair, Outcomes Benchmark Study, and Board Member, Acute Long-Term Hospital Association (ALTHA), 2009 - 2012 
  • Lecturer on Hospitalist Programs, Quality Improvement, Complex Long-Term Acute Care, Physician-Staff Relations, and Motivational Speaking, 1998 - ongoing 
  • President, Nevada State Medical Association, 2011- 2012 
  • Chairman, Acute Long-Term Hospital Association (ALTHA) Clinical Committee, 2007 - 2011 
  • Founder and Managing Partner, Sierra Hospitalists medical group, 1996 – 2010 
  • Chief Medical Officer, Tahoe Pacific Hospitals, Reno, NV, 1998 - 2010 
  • Chief of Medical Staff, Member Board of Trustees, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV, 2004 –2006 (COS) and 2004 – 2010 (BOT) 
  • Chairman, Internal Medicine Section, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 1997 - 2003 
  • Chief of Staff, Nye Regional Medical Center, Tonopah, NV, 1993-1995 
  • Chief of Medicine, Nye Regional Medical Center, 1991-1995 


  • Internship and residency: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1988-91 
  • MD, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 1984-1988