Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy, Surgery, and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley. His publications address medical sociology, health policy, culture and inequality, and ethnographic research methods. He has written one book, The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio (UC Press 2003).
Dan serves as Principal Investigator of the Medical Cultures Lab (https://www.cultureofmedicine.org). MCL seeks to understand medical culture and advance health equity. The lab is a source of guidance and support for qualitative studies of culture. It also provides resources to advance equity. 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 an NIH study about new technologies for treating neurological conditions, including treatments that involve implanting computers in the brain. Their study asks, what are the social implications of these new approaches to epilepsy and other conditions?