Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy, Surgery, and Humanities and Social Sciences. He sits at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies where he is Associate Director for Faculty Development.
Dan is Principal Investigator of the Medical Cultures Lab (https://www.cultureofmedicine.org). MCL seeks to understand medical culture and advance health equity. Members and affiliates get guidance and support for qualitative studies of culture. The Lab also provides resources to advance equity. As Lab PI, Dan works one-on-one with faculty and fellows doing work in these areas. With support from the NIA, he is growing the MCL website into a general resource for researchers.
As an individual investigator, Dan leads/co-leads three studies. He is PI of an NIA study about older adults and dementia. The study focuses on how adults in different communities navigate these issues. With Emily Finlayson, he is co-PI of an NCI study of surgery in older adults. They are examining ways to make frailty assessment a routine part of the surgical visit. Finally, with Winston Chiong, he is co-PI of a NIH study about implanting computers in the brain. Their study asks, what are the social implications of this new approach to epilepsy and other conditions?
Dan received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley. His articles address health policy, medicine, sociology, anthropology, and research methods. He has written one book, The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio (UC Press 2003).