Daniel Dohan, PhD

Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine

Deputy Director and Training Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies 
Co-Director of the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy

Daniel Dohan, PhD is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), where he is also Associate Director for Training and Development.

Dan’s work focuses on the culture of medicine: how it ameliorates and perpetuates societal inequalities; its relationship to science and discovery; and how training creates health professionals.

His research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, and he is interested in the development of new methods for combining and depicting mixed approaches. Currently, he is PI of the Cancer Patient Deliberation Study, which examines how patients with advanced disease find out about and decide whether to participate in clinical trials of new cancer drugs. He is also a co-lead of EngageUC, a UC-wide effort to develop harmonized and community-engaged approaches for biorepository research.

Dan is active in health policy and social science education through training activities with post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students, including as course director of Qualitative Research Methods offered through the Training in Clinical Research program. He is co-lead of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy which is building a variety of relationships between the two schools and is developing a master's degree program in health policy and law.

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.

Selected Projects: 
  • UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy
    (UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law)
  • EngageUC -- Engaging University of California Stakeholders for
    Biorepository Research (NIH)
  • Cancer Patient Deliberation Study (National Cancer Institute, NIH)
  • Scholars in Health Policy Research Program (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)