Daniel Dohan, PhD

Daniel Dohan, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine, UCSF


Phone: (415) 476-0751 (voice)
Box 0936, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0936

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Research Summary

My training is in sociology (emphasis on culture, inequality, and research methods) and health policy. My research uses mixed-methods social scientific approaches to examine how the culture of medicine shapes delivery of patient care and conduct of medical research. I lead three major research projects. I am co-Program Director for EngageUC – a three-year CTSA initiative to develop harmonized processes for biospecimen repository data collection and analysis across all five University of California medical centers. EngageUC includes a statewide community engagement activity as well as a randomized trial of different consenting methods. I am PI for the Cancer Patient Deliberation study, an NCI-funded R01 examining how patients with advanced cancer make decisions about treatment and participation in clinical trials. Finally, I am PI of a recently-funded contract with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to explore how to integrate qualitative methods into PCOR using visual displays of qualitative data. At UCSF, I hold a number of leadership positions related to training and program development including Deputy Director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, co-lead of the health policy theme in the undergraduate medical education curriculum, Chair of the campus-wide Precision Medicine Regulatory/Policy workgroup, lead faculty of the proposed MS in Health Policy and Law, and co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy.


Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, AB, 1987, Sociology
University of California Berkeley, MA, 1991, Sociology
University of California Berkeley, PhD, 1997, Sociology
University of California Berkeley, post-doc, 1999, Health Policy
University of California Berkeley, post-doc, 2001, Health Policy

Professional Experience

  • 1986-87
    Research Assistant, Professor Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  • 1987-89
    Research Assistant/Junior Analyst, Health Research Area, Abt Associates, Cambridge MA
  • 1990-92
    Research Assistant, Professor Michael Hout, University of California (UC) Berkeley
  • 1993
    Teaching Assistant, Minority Opportunities in Sociological Training (MOST), American Sociological Association, Berkeley CA
  • 1996-97
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley , 1996-1997.
  • 1997-99
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research, UC Berkeley
  • 1999
    Instructor, "Sociology of Drugs and Alcohol" Department of Sociology, California State University, Hayward
  • 1999-present
    Associate, Center for Urban Ethnography, UC Berkeley
  • 1999-2001
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Alcohol Studies, Alcohol Research Group, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • 2001
    Instructor, "Disciplinary Perspectives on Health Policy: Comparing Cases of Violence and Quality" Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco
  • 2001-02
    Associate Scientist, Alcohol Research Group/Public Health Institute, Berkeley CA
  • 2001-02
    Project Coordinator, Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco
  • 2002-08
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UC San Francisco
  • 2008-2010
    Director, UCSF Pathway to Discovery in Health and Society
  • 2005-present
    Associate Director for Training and Development, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco
  • 2008-present
    Associate Professor, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UC San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Associate Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy

Honors & Awards

  • 1987
    AB Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors in Sociology, Harvard College, Cambridge MA
  • 1987
    Hoopes Prize, Senior Honors Thesis "Malpractice in Massachusetts: Physicians' Perspectives," Harvard College
  • 1989
    Regents Intern-Fellow, UC Berkeley
  • 1994
    Carol Hatch Ethnography Award, UC Berkeley Sociology Department
  • 1998
    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
  • 2006
    UCSF-Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative

Selected Publications

  1. Dohan D, Garrett SB, Rendle KA, Halley M, Abramson C. The Importance Of Integrating Narrative Into Health Care Decision Making. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Apr 1; 35(4):720-5.
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  2. Rhoads K, Dohan D. 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.
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  3. Abramson CM, Dohan D. BEYOND TEXT: USING ARRAYS TO REPRESENT AND ANALYZE ETHNOGRAPHIC DATA. Sociol Methodol. 2015 Aug 1; 45(1):272-319.
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  4. Moriates C, Dohan D, Spetz J, Sawaya GF. 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.
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  5. Koenig CJ, Ho EY, Trupin L, Dohan D. 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.
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  6. Garrett SB, Koenig BA, Brown A, Hult JR, Boyd EA, Dry S, Dohan D. EngageUC: Developing an Efficient and Ethical Approach to Biobanking Research at the University of California. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Aug; 8(4):362-6.
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  7. Abramson, Corey Dohan, Daniel. Beyond Text: Using Arrays to Represent and Analyze Ethnographic Data. Sociological Methodology. 2015.
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  8. Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Chu E, Tiver GA, Einhorn S, Arnold RM. Oncologist factors that influence referrals to subspecialty palliative care clinics. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Mar; 10(2):e37-44.
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  9. McBride D, Dohan D, Handley MA, Powe NR, Tuot DS. Developing a CKD registry in primary care: provider attitudes and input. Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 Apr; 63(4):577-83.
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  10. McCuistion MH, Stults CD, Dohan D, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M. Overcoming challenges to adoption of shared medical appointments. Popul Health Manag. 2014 Apr; 17(2):100-5.
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  11. Dohan D, McCuistion MH, Frosch DL, Hung DY, Tai-Seale M. Recognition as a patient-centered medical home: fundamental or incidental? Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S14-8.
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  12. Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Dohan D, Shelley Hwang E, Melisko M, Nickleach D, Quinn JA, Haas J. Clinical trial discussion, referral, and recruitment: physician, patient, and system factors. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 May; 24(5):979-88.
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  13. Dunn LB, Fisher SR, Hantke M, Appelbaum PS, Dohan D, Young JP, Roberts LW. "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.
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  14. Overton E, Appelbaum PS, Fisher SR, Dohan D, Roberts LW, Dunn LB. Alternative decision-makers' perspectives on assent and dissent for dementia research. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):346-54.
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  15. Schenker Y, White DB, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM. "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.
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  16. 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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  17. Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, White DB. 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.
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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