Daniel Dohan, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-0751
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    Harvard CollegeAB1987sociology
    University of California, BerkeleyPhD1999sociology
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research, UC Berkeley2001health policy
    NIH/NIAAA, UC Berkeley2003health policy
    University of California, San Francisco2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy, Surgery, and Humanities and Social Sciences. His primary campus home is the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) where he serves as Deputy Director and Training Director.

    Dan is Principal Investigator of the Medical Cultures Lab (https://www.cultureofmedicine.org). MCL is a scholarly community that approaches medicine as both scientific enterprise and narrative practice. We believe medicine derives its legitimacy from a commitment to healing and justice. MCL works to understand medical culture and advance health equity.

    As an educator, Dan works with faculty and fellows on the development of rigorous qualitative studies of medical culture and practice. His work in this area is supported by a K07 Academic Leadership Career Award from the NIH National Institutes of Aging (NIA).

    His research projects include a comparative ethnographic examination of diverse experiences of aging, cognitive decline, and decision making — work supported with an NIA DP1 award for Behavioral and Social Research LEaders in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias (NIA BSR LEADR). With Emily Finlayson, Dan is using qualitative techniques to document the implementation of an intervention to improve older adults’ readiness for major surgery through clinic culture change. With Winston Chiong, he is exploring social and ethical issues surrounding the use of "closed loop" implanted neurostimulation devices as novel treatments for epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

    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.

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    Anticipating ethical challenges and disparities in the dissemination of novel neurotechnologies
    NIH R01MH126997Jul 10, 2021 - Apr 30, 2025
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Next-Gen ethnography to understand decision-making among diverse populations impacted by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD)
    NIH DP1AG069809Sep 15, 2020 - Aug 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Leadership to Enhance Aging Research and Innovation in Medical Culture (LEARN-MC)
    NIH K07AG066814Sep 1, 2020 - May 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Achieving ethical integration in the development of novel neurotechnologies
    NIH R01MH114860Sep 13, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Developing Tools to Support the Appropriate Use of Surgery in Frail Older Adults
    NIH R21AG054208Sep 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Before Consent: Cancer Patients' Deliberations about Early Phase Clinical Trials
    NIH R01CA152195Jun 1, 2010 - Apr 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Poverty, Substance Use, and Stigma in Four Organizations
    NIH R21AA014855Sep 15, 2003 - Aug 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. An Interprofessional Process for the Limitation of Life-Sustaining Treatments in France. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Jun 19. Blythe JA, Kentish-Barnes N, Debue AS, Dohan D, Azoulay E, Covinsky K, Matthews T, Curtis JR, Dzeng E. PMID: 34157398.
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    2. The Role of Spirituality in Conceptualizations of Health Maintenance and Healthy Aging Among Latin American Immigrants. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2021 May 05. Weiner-Light S, Rankin KP, Lanata S, Possin KL, Dohan D, Bernstein Sideman A. PMID: 34092458.
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    3. How individual ethical frameworks shape physician trainees' experiences providing end-of-life care: a qualitative study. J Med Ethics. 2021 Feb 16. Rosenwohl-Mack S, Dohan D, Matthews T, Batten JN, Dzeng E. PMID: 33593875.
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    4. A Qualitative Analysis of Ethical Perspectives on Recruitment and Consent for Human Intracranial Electrophysiology Studies. AJOB Neurosci. 2021 01; 12(1):57-67. Mergenthaler JV, Chiong W, Dohan D, Feler J, Lechner CR, Starr PA, Arias JJ. PMID: 33528320.
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    5. Rapid transition of a preclinical health systems science and social justice course to remote learning in the time of coronavirus. Med Educ Online. 2020 Dec; 25(1):1812225. Garg M, Eniasivam A, Satterfield J, Norton B, Austin E, Dohan D. PMID: 32822280.
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    6. Understanding Experiences of Moral Distress in End-of-Life Care Among US and UK Physician Trainees: a Comparative Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Oct 27. Rosenwohl-Mack S, Dohan D, Matthews T, Batten JN, Dzeng E. PMID: 33111237.
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    7. Using care navigation to address caregiver burden in dementia: A qualitative case study analysis. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12010. Bernstein A, Merrilees J, Dulaney S, Harrison KL, Chiong W, Ong P, Heunis J, Choi J, Walker R, Feuer JE, Lee K, Dohan D, Bonasera SJ, Miller BL, Possin KL. PMID: 32377557.
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    8. Patient and clinician perspectives on a patient-facing dashboard that visualizes patient reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis. Health Expect. 2020 08; 23(4):846-859. Liu LH, Garrett SB, Li J, Ragouzeos D, Berrean B, Dohan D, Katz PP, Barton JL, Yazdany J, Schmajuk G. PMID: 32270591.
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    9. Before Consent: Qualitative Analysis of Deliberations of Patients With Advanced Cancer About Early-Phase Clinical Trials. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 01; 16(1):e56-e63. Garrett SB, Matthews TM, Abramson CM, Koenig CJ, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Munster PN, Dohan D. PMID: 31603726.
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    10. Beyond exploratory: a tailored framework for designing and assessing qualitative health research. BMJ Open. 2019 08 27; 9(8):e030123. Rendle KA, Abramson CM, Garrett SB, Halley MC, Dohan D. PMID: 31462482.
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    11. The Role of Care Navigators Working with People with Dementia and Their Caregivers. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 71(1):45-55. Bernstein A, Harrison KL, Dulaney S, Merrilees J, Bowhay A, Heunis J, Choi J, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Chiong W, Lee K, Braley TL, Bonasera SJ, Ritchie CS, Dohan D, Miller BL, Possin KL. PMID: 31322558.
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    12. Approaches to decision-making among late-stage melanoma patients: a multifactorial investigation. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Mar; 27(3):1059-1070. Garrett SB, Abramson CM, Rendle KA, Dohan D. PMID: 30136025.
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    13. Older Adult and Surrogate Perspectives on Serious, Difficult, and Important Medical Decisions. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 08; 66(8):1515-1523. Petrillo LA, McMahan RD, Tang V, Dohan D, Sudore RL. PMID: 29972594.
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    14. Standard Versus Simplified Consent Materials for Biobank Participation: Differences in Patient Knowledge and Trial Accrual. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2017 12; 12(5):326-334. Garrett SB, Murphy M, Wiley J, Dohan D. PMID: 29037106.
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    15. Homing in on the Social: System-Level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 02; 55(2):282-289.e1. Dzeng E, Dohan D, Curtis JR, Smith TJ, Colaianni A, Ritchie CS. PMID: 28865869.
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    16. What advanced cancer patients with limited treatment options know about clinical research: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2017 10; 25(10):3235-3242. Garrett SB, Koenig CJ, Trupin L, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Reinert A, Munster P, Dohan D. PMID: 28488050.
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    17. Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem. PLoS Med. 2017 03; 14(3):e1002260. Possin KL, Merrilees J, Bonasera SJ, Bernstein A, Chiong W, Lee K, Wilson L, Hooper SM, Dulaney S, Braley T, Laohavanich S, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Schaffer MW, Schenk AK, Heunis J, Ong P, Cook KM, Bowhay AD, Gearhart R, Chodos A, Naasan G, Bindman AB, Dohan D, Ritchie C, Miller BL. PMID: 28323819.
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    18. Community recommendations on biobank governance: Results from a deliberative community engagement in California. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0172582. Dry SM, Garrett SB, Koenig BA, Brown AF, Burgess MM, Hult JR, Longstaff H, Wilcox ES, Madrigal Contreras SK, Martinez A, Boyd EA, Dohan D. PMID: 28235046.
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    19. Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Inform Biobank Governance. Biopreserv Biobank. 2017 Aug; 15(4):393-395. Murphy M, Garrett SB, Boyd E, Dry S, Dohan D. PMID: 28151003.
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    20. Interest in initiating an early phase clinical trial: results of a longitudinal study of advanced cancer patients. Psychooncology. 2017 Oct; 26(10):1604-1610. Dunn LB, Wiley J, Garrett S, Hlubocky F, Daugherty C, Trupin L, Munster P, Dohan D. PMID: 27233054.
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    21. The Importance Of Integrating Narrative Into Health Care Decision Making. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Apr; 35(4):720-5. Dohan D, Garrett SB, Rendle KA, Halley M, Abramson C. PMID: 27044974.
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    22. Knowing it When You See it: The Need for Continuing Innovation in Research on Healthcare Discrimination. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1387-8. Rhoads K, Dohan D. PMID: 25963584.
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    23. BEYOND TEXT: USING ARRAYS TO REPRESENT AND ANALYZE ETHNOGRAPHIC DATA. Sociol Methodol. 2015 Aug 01; 45(1):272-319. Abramson CM, Dohan D. PMID: 26834296.
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    24. Defining competencies for education in health care value: recommendations from the University of California, San Francisco Center for Healthcare Value Training Initiative. Acad Med. 2015 Apr; 90(4):421-4. Moriates C, Dohan D, Spetz J, Sawaya GF. PMID: 25354077.
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    25. An exploratory typology of provider responses that encourage and discourage conversation about complementary and integrative medicine during routine oncology visits. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Jul; 98(7):857-63. Koenig CJ, Ho EY, Trupin L, Dohan D. PMID: 25865412.
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    26. EngageUC: Developing an Efficient and Ethical Approach to Biobanking Research at the University of California. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Aug; 8(4):362-6. Garrett SB, Koenig BA, Brown A, Hult JR, Boyd EA, Dry S, Dohan D, in collaboration with UC BRAID . PMID: 25581047.
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    27. Linking Broad Consent to Biobank Governance: Support From a Deliberative Public Engagement in California. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(9):56-7. Garrett SB, Dohan D, Koenig BA. PMID: 26305757.
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    28. Oncologist factors that influence referrals to subspecialty palliative care clinics. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Mar; 10(2):e37-44. Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Chu E, Tiver GA, Einhorn S, Arnold RM. PMID: 24301842.
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    29. Developing a CKD registry in primary care: provider attitudes and input. Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 Apr; 63(4):577-83. McBride D, Dohan D, Handley MA, Powe NR, Tuot DS. PMID: 24295612.
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    30. Overcoming challenges to adoption of shared medical appointments. Popul Health Manag. 2014 Apr; 17(2):100-5. McCuistion MH, Stults CD, Dohan D, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M. PMID: 24156662.
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    31. Recognition as a patient-centered medical home: fundamental or incidental? Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S14-8. Dohan D, McCuistion MH, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M. PMID: 23690381.
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    32. Clinical trial discussion, referral, and recruitment: physician, patient, and system factors. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 May; 24(5):979-88. Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Dohan D, Shelley Hwang E, Melisko M, Nickleach D, Quinn JA, Haas J. PMID: 23420328.
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    33. Alternative decision-makers' perspectives on assent and dissent for dementia research. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):346-54. Overton E, Appelbaum PS, Fisher SR, Dohan D, Roberts LW, Dunn LB. PMID: 23498381.
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    34. "Thinking about it for somebody else": Alzheimer's disease research and proxy decision makers' translation of ethical principles into practice. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):337-45. Dunn LB, Fisher SR, Hantke M, Appelbaum PS, Dohan D, Young JP, Roberts LW. PMID: 23498380.
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    35. "It hurts to know... and it helps": exploring how surrogates in the ICU cope with prognostic information. J Palliat Med. 2013 Mar; 16(3):243-9. Schenker Y, White DB, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM. PMID: 23368978.
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    36. Recruitment practices and the politics of inclusion in cancer clinical trials. Med Anthropol Q. 2012 Sep; 26(3):338-60. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 23259347.
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    37. I don't want to be the one saying 'we should just let him die': intrapersonal tensions experienced by surrogate decision makers in the ICU. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1657-65. Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, White DB. PMID: 23011253.
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    38. Patient perceptions of reproductive health counseling at the time of cancer diagnosis: a qualitative study of female California cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2012 Sep; 6(3):324-32. Niemasik EE, Letourneau J, Dohan D, Katz A, Melisko M, Rugo H, Rosen M. PMID: 22752834.
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    39. How a cancer education group serves the underserved: 'family' ties and battling cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 May; 87(2):212-6. Dohan D, Szolarova R, Walcer B. PMID: 21937188.
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    40. Metrics for evaluating patient navigation during cancer diagnosis and treatment: crafting a policy-relevant research agenda for patient navigation in cancer care. Cancer. 2011 Aug; 117(15 Suppl):3565-74. Guadagnolo BA, Dohan D, Raich P. PMID: 21780091.
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    41. Demanding patient or demanding encounter?: A case study of a cancer clinic. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Sep; 69(5):729-37. Stacey CL, Henderson S, MacArthur KR, Dohan D. PMID: 19619924.
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    42. Recruiting minorities where they receive care: Institutional barriers to cancer clinical trials recruitment in a safety-net hospital. Contemp Clin Trials. 2009 Nov; 30(6):552-9. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 19580887.
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    43. Diversity of participants in clinical trials in an academic medical center: the role of the 'Good Study Patient?'. Cancer. 2009 Feb 01; 115(3):608-15. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 19127544.
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    44. Social stigma and the dilemmas of providing care to substance users in a safety-net emergency department. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2008 Nov; 19(4):1336-49. Henderson S, Stacey CL, Dohan D. PMID: 19029756.
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    45. Genetic testing for vulnerable populations: what kinds of communication we need and do not need. Am J Bioeth. 2008 Jun; 8(6):12-4. Schillinger D, Dohan D. PMID: 18726772.
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    46. Barriers beyond words: cancer, culture, and translation in a community of Russian speakers. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:300-5. Dohan D, Levintova M. PMID: 17957415.
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    47. Public reporting and pay-for-performance: safety-net hospital executives' concerns and policy suggestions. Inquiry. 2007; 44(2):137-45. Goldman LE, Henderson S, Dohan DP, Talavera JA, Dudley RA. PMID: 17850040.
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    48. Changing patterns of addiction and public aid receipt: tracking the unintended consequences of welfare reform. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Oct; 31(5):945-80. Schmidt LA, Wiley J, Dohan D, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs LM, Henderson S, Zivot M. PMID: 17102140.
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    49. Barriers to Identifying Substance Abuse in the Reformed Welfare System. Social Service Review. 2006; 80(2):217-38. Henderson, S., Dohan, D., Schmidt, L.
    50. Contemporary Drug Problems. From Enabling to Bootstrapping: Welfare Workers' Views of Substance Abuse and Welfare Reform. 2005; 32(3):429-55. Dohan, D., Schmidt, L., Henderson, S.
    51. Using navigators to improve care of underserved patients: current practices and approaches. Cancer. 2005 Aug 15; 104(4):848-55. Dohan D, Schrag D. PMID: 16010658.
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    52. Making Cents in the Barrios: The Institutional Roots of Joblessness in Mexican America.". Ethnography. 2002; (3):209-232. Dohan, Daniel.
    53. Addiction and Welfare Dependency: Interpreting the Connection. Social Problems. 2002; 2(49):221-41. Schmidt, L., Dohan, D., Wiley, J., Zabkiewicz, D.
    54. Managing indigent care: a case study of a safety-net emergency department. Health Serv Res. 2002 Apr; 37(2):361-76. Dohan D. PMID: 12035998.
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    55. Using Computers to Analyze Ethnographic Field Data: Theoretical and Practical Considerations. Annual Review of Sociology. 1998; 24:465-86. Dohan, D. and Sánchez-Jankowski, M.
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