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Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Co-Directors

  • Alexander M. Capron

    Alex Capron is a University Professor, the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy & Ethics at the Gould School of Law, and Professor of Medicine and Law at the Keck School of Medicine. He directed the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979-83), and the Department of Ethics, Trader, Human Rights, and Health Law at the World Health Organisation (2002-06). Professor Capron served on President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission and for sixteen years was a Commissioner of The Joint Commission, the nation's principal accreditor of healthcare organizations.

  • Ron Ben-Ari, M.D.

    Ron Ben-Ari, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Educational Scholar), is the Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Assistant Dean for Curriculum at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Ben-Ari is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, providing instruction both at the bedside and in the classroom, and he was named a Master Teacher of the Keck School of Medicine in 2008. He was previously the director of the Keck internal medicine residency training program and served as Chief of Staff at LAC+USC Medical Center in 2005-06. In 2009 the Southern California Region of the American College of Physicians selected him as the Faculty Honoree for Medical Education and Humanism.

Associate Director for Education

  • Pamela Schaff, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Medical Education, Family Medicine and Pediatrics (Educational Scholar)

    Director, HEAL (Humanities, Ethics/Economics, Art, and Law) Program
    Director, Master of Science in Narrative Medicine
    Keck School of Medicine
    University of Southern California

Senior Fellow

  • Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine and Public Policy, Emeritus
    University of Southern California

Fellows

  • Gelya Frank, Ph.D.
    Professor

    USC Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Ostrow School
    Department of Anthropology, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
    University of Southern California

  • Sheila Murphy, Ph.D.
    Professor of Communication

    Annenberg School for Communication
    University of Southern California

Staff

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