Daniel Dohan, PhD

Prof in Residence
Institute for Health Policy Studies
+1 415 476-0751

Dan Dohan is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF. His primary campus home is the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) where he serves as Deputy Director as well as Associate Director for Training. He also serves as co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy.

Dan’s research focuses broadly on the culture of medicine. He leads a project to develop innovative methods to integrate qualitative and narrative data into clinical decision-making and patient-centered outcomes research. In collaboration with the CTSI and campus’ precision medicine initiative, he is developing stakeholder-engaged approaches for educating patients about precision medicine and to support their involvement in precision medicine research. He is collaborating with the UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults on ways to better align surgical treatment decision-making with frail elders’ overall goals of care. Finally, he is examining the ethical and social implications of close-looped brain stimulation, newly-developed technologies that record, interpret, and intervene in brain activity associated with syndromes such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and mood disorder.

Dan is also active as an educator. He co-Directs the Masters of Science degree program in Health Policy and Law (HPL). Launched in August 2016, the HPL is an online degree jointly offered by UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education. In the School of Medicine, Dan has been involved in the development of the innovative Bridges curriculum. He serves as one of the Directors of the Health and Society Block, which exposes first year medical students to foundational science in the areas of health determinants, health disparities, and health policy. Finally, Dan directs IHPS’ post-doctoral research training program.

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.


Rapid transition of a preclinical health systems science and social justice course to remote learning in the time of coronavirus.

Medical education online

Garg M, Eniasivam A, Satterfield J, Norton B, Austin E, Dohan D

Using care navigation to address caregiver burden in dementia: A qualitative case study analysis.

Alzheimer's & dementia (New York, N. Y.)

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

Patient and clinician perspectives on a patient-facing dashboard that visualizes patient reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis.

Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy

Liu LH, Garrett SB, Li J, Ragouzeos D, Berrean B, Dohan D, Katz PP, Barton JL, Yazdany J, Schmajuk G

Before Consent: Qualitative Analysis of Deliberations of Patients With Advanced Cancer About Early-Phase Clinical Trials.

Journal of oncology practice

Garrett SB, Matthews TM, Abramson CM, Koenig CJ, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Munster PN, Dohan D

Beyond exploratory: a tailored framework for designing and assessing qualitative health research.

BMJ open

Rendle KA, Abramson CM, Garrett SB, Halley MC, Dohan D

The Role of Care Navigators Working with People with Dementia and Their Caregivers.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

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 C, Dohan D, Miller BL, Possin KL

Approaches to decision-making among late-stage melanoma patients: a multifactorial investigation.

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Garrett SB, Abramson CM, Rendle KA, Dohan D

Older Adult and Surrogate Perspectives on Serious, Difficult, and Important Medical Decisions.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Petrillo LA, McMahan RD, Tang V, Dohan D, Sudore RL

Standard Versus Simplified Consent Materials for Biobank Participation: Differences in Patient Knowledge and Trial Accrual.

Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE

Garrett SB, Murphy M, Wiley J, Dohan D

Homing in on the Social: System-Level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Dzeng E, Dohan D, Curtis JR, Smith TJ, Colaianni A, Ritchie CS

What advanced cancer patients with limited treatment options know about clinical research: a qualitative study.

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Garrett SB, Koenig CJ, Trupin L, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Reinert A, Munster P, Dohan D

Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem.

PLoS medicine

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

Community recommendations on biobank governance: Results from a deliberative community engagement in California.

PloS one

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

Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Inform Biobank Governance.

Biopreservation and biobanking

Murphy M, Garrett SB, Boyd E, Dry S, Dohan D

Interest in initiating an early phase clinical trial: results of a longitudinal study of advanced cancer patients.


Dunn LB, Wiley J, Garrett S, Hlubocky F, Daugherty C, Trupin L, Munster P, Dohan D

The Importance Of Integrating Narrative Into Health Care Decision Making.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Dohan D, Garrett SB, Rendle KA, Halley M, Abramson C


Sociological methodology

Abramson CM, Dohan D

Defining competencies for education in health care value: recommendations from the University of California, San Francisco Center for Healthcare Value Training Initiative.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Moriates C, Dohan D, Spetz J, Sawaya GF

EngageUC: Developing an Efficient and Ethical Approach to Biobanking Research at the University of California.

Clinical and translational science

Garrett SB, Koenig BA, Brown A, Hult JR, Boyd EA, Dry S, Dohan D

Linking Broad Consent to Biobank Governance: Support From a Deliberative Public Engagement in California.

The American journal of bioethics : AJOB

Garrett SB, Dohan D, Koenig BA

Oncologist factors that influence referrals to subspecialty palliative care clinics.

Journal of oncology practice

Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Chu E, Tiver GA, Einhorn S, Arnold RM

Developing a CKD registry in primary care: provider attitudes and input.

American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation

McBride D, Dohan D, Handley MA, Powe NR, Tuot DS

Overcoming challenges to adoption of shared medical appointments.

Population health management

McCuistion MH, Stults CD, Dohan D, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M

Recognition as a patient-centered medical home: fundamental or incidental?

Annals of family medicine

Dohan D, McCuistion MH, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M

Clinical trial discussion, referral, and recruitment: physician, patient, and system factors.

Cancer causes & control : CCC

Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Dohan D, Shelley Hwang E, Melisko M, Nickleach D, Quinn JA, Haas J

"Thinking about it for somebody else": Alzheimer's disease research and proxy decision makers' translation of ethical principles into practice.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Dunn LB, Fisher SR, Hantke M, Appelbaum PS, Dohan D, Young JP, Roberts LW

Alternative decision-makers' perspectives on assent and dissent for dementia research.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Overton E, Appelbaum PS, Fisher SR, Dohan D, Roberts LW, Dunn LB

"It hurts to know... and it helps": exploring how surrogates in the ICU cope with prognostic information.

Journal of palliative medicine

Schenker Y, White DB, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM

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.

Journal of general internal medicine

Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, White DB

Patient perceptions of reproductive health counseling at the time of cancer diagnosis: a qualitative study of female California cancer survivors.

Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice

Niemasik EE, Letourneau J, Dohan D, Katz A, Melisko M, Rugo H, Rosen M

How a cancer education group serves the underserved: 'family' ties and battling cancer.

Patient education and counseling

Dohan D, Szolarova R, Walcer B

Demanding patient or demanding encounter?: A case study of a cancer clinic.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Stacey CL, Henderson S, MacArthur KR, Dohan D

Social stigma and the dilemmas of providing care to substance users in a safety-net emergency department.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Henderson S, Stacey CL, Dohan D

Genetic testing for vulnerable populations: what kinds of communication we need and do not need.

The American journal of bioethics : AJOB

Schillinger D, Dohan D

Public reporting and pay-for-performance: safety-net hospital executives' concerns and policy suggestions.

Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing

Goldman LE, Henderson S, Dohan DP, Talavera JA, Dudley RA

Changing patterns of addiction and public aid receipt: tracking the unintended consequences of welfare reform.

Journal of health politics, policy and law

Schmidt LA, Wiley J, Dohan D, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs LM, Henderson S, Zivot M

Barriers to Identifying Substance Abuse in the Reformed Welfare System

Social Service Review

Henderson, S., Dohan, D., Schmidt, L.

Contemporary Drug Problems

From Enabling to Bootstrapping: Welfare Workers' Views of Substance Abuse and Welfare Reform

Dohan, D., Schmidt, L., Henderson, S.

Addiction and Welfare Dependency: Interpreting the Connection

Social problems

Schmidt, L., Dohan, D., Wiley, J., Zabkiewicz, D.

Emergency department closures: policy issues.

Journal of emergency nursing: JEN : official publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association

Malone RE, Dohan D

Using Computers to Analyze Ethnographic Field Data: Theoretical and Practical Considerations

Annual Review of Sociology

Dohan, D. and Sánchez-Jankowski, M.