Daniel Dohan, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Department||Institute for Health Policy Studies|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94118
Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, Deputy Director and Training Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), and co-Director of the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy (with UC Hastings Professor Jaime King).
Dan heads the social scientific Medical Cultures Lab (MCL), which examines meanings of health and practices of healing in the US healthcare system. MCL encompasses a multi-disciplinary group of researchers, educators, and program administrators.
In terms of research, MCL specializes in ethnographic studies with clinicians, patients, researchers, and healthcare leaders, including basic social science research on medical culture and applied research to improve healthcare experiences and outcomes. Current projects include a longitudinal, ethnographic study of treatment decision-making among advanced cancer patients (NCI) and a related project developing new ways to analyze and present qualitative data for patient-centered outcomes research (PCORI).
MCL supports or is otherwise involved with a variety of educational initiatives including:
- a new MS Degree in Health Policy and Law to be jointly offered by UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law (launch: fall 2016);
- development of a new Foundational Sciences course on Health and Society for the UCSF School of Medicine Bridges curriculum;
- the Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship at IHPS;
- the Training in Clinical Research course on Qualitative Research Methods.
Finally, MCL includes dissemination and advocacy activities to underscore that and how culture matters in medicine. In particular, MCL is building on the recently-concluded EngageUC project (NIH) to develop best practices for patient engagement in the UCSF Precision Medicine initiative.
Dan received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley. A book based on his dissertation, The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio, was published by the University of California Press in 2003.
NIH UL1 TR000004-07S2 (Grady & Dubinett, co-PI’s) 9/24/12 – 6/30/15
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Engaging University of California Stakeholders for Biorespository Research The goal of EngageUC is tobiorespository studies at the five University of California campuses with medical centers.
Role: Co-Program Director
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