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Medical Education

Dan Dohan, PhD

Associate Professor in Residence

Dan Dohan, PhD

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Institute for Health Policy Studies
3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights , San Francisco, CA, 94143
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Daniel Dohan, PhD is Associate 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 a project examining how patients with advanced disease find out about and decide whether to participate in clinical trials of new cancer drugs, and he is co-leading 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 also working with colleagues at IHPS and at the UC Hastings College of Law to strengthen the relationship between the two schools and to develop 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.

  1. Joseph G, Dohan D. Recruitment practices and the politics of inclusion in cancer clinical trials. Med Anthropol Q. 2012 Sep; 26(3):338-60.
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  2. Niemasik EE, Letourneau J, Dohan D, Katz A, Melisko M, Rugo H, Rosen M. 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.
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  3. Dohan D, Szolarova R, Walcer B. How a cancer education group serves the underserved: 'Family' ties and battling cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 May; 87(2):212-6.
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  4. Guadagnolo BA, Dohan D, Raich P. 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.
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  5. Stacey CL, Henderson S, MacArthur KR, Dohan D. Demanding patient or demanding encounter?: A case study of a cancer clinic. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Sep; 69(5):729-37.
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