Daniel Dohan, PhD

School of Medicine
490 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Dan Dohan
Education and Training

Harvard College, AB - 1987 Sociology

University of California, Berkeley, PhD - 1999 Sociology

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research, UC Berkeley 2001 Health Policy

NIH/NIAAA, UC Berkeley 2003 Health Policy

University of California, San Francisco 2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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. 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?