The strength of the UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium lies in the dedication of its faculty, staff, and students, and their diverse talents and remarkable contributions to the legal and medical worlds.
The Consortium channels this pool of talent into new and exciting interdisciplinary collaborations which help to further our understanding of the interactions between law and science, and how those interactions impact individuals and communities.
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Daniel Dohan, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), where he serves as Associate Director for Training and Development. Dr. Dohan is a faculty member in the department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine; a Member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy. Dan’s work focuses on the culture of medicine. His NIH-funded research examines how patients with advanced cancer make decisions about clinical trial participation and how diverse stakeholders throughout California can be engaged in the development of a robust biomedical research infrastructure for the UC system. Dan teaches health policy and qualitative research methods at UCSF, and he is leading the development of a new MS in Health Policy and Law that will be jointly offered by UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law starting in 2015. Dan received his PhD in sociology at UC Berkeley, was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, and published his dissertation as The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio (UC Press).
Dr. Chiong research is focused on decision-making and how it is affected by aging and neurodegenerative disease; as well as ethical and policy implications of these changes. He completed his PhD in philosophy at NYU and his MD and clinical training at UCSF, along with postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Berkeley. Much of his earlier work in bioethics has been conceptual in method, addressing ethical issues in clinical research and medical education, personal identity, and brain death. While Dr. Chiong has continued this conceptual work, much of his recent research work utilizes empirical methods such as brain imaging and population-based survey techniques to address medical, financial, and moral decision-making in older adults.
R. Gregory Cochran, MD, JD
Professor Cochran serves as Lecturer in Law on the UC Hastings faculty and as a member of the UC San Francisco/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, serving as Associate Director of the Consortium’s Health Policy & Law Degree Program (HPL). The HPL is a Master of Science degree program that brings together students and faculty from a variety of legal and healthcare disciplines to create a dynamic learning environment in which students learn to critically assess legal, policy and social challenges affecting the U.S. health care system. HPL students gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from outstanding health and law school faculties and their respective networks of health law and policy experts.
Professor Cochran’s teaching and curriculum development skills are informed by his early career experience as an emergency medicine physician, followed by fifteen years of experience as a health care attorney in private practice. He thus brings to the HPL a unique perspective to share with HPL students on the legal issues impacting all segments of the healthcare industry, including providers, payors and patients. Professor Cochran’s broad law practice experience includes advising hospitals, health systems, health plans, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians and medical groups on a range of transactional, regulatory and administrative law issues, including health facility mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, regulatory compliance, peer review, health facility and professional licensing, health information privacy, and on the legal issues unique to foundations, integrated healthcare delivery systems and ambulatory surgery centers.
Anna Zaret serves as the Managing Editor for The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition, and online resource on healthcare cost and competition at competitivehealthcare.org. She is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law magna cum laude, where she specialized in law and health sciences. While at Hastings, she conducted research and published articles on genetic technology and end-of-life decision making. She has also worked on health law litigation in state supreme courts, and in the United States Supreme Court. She received the Tobriner Social Justice Fellowship for her work at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City. She externed for the Honorable Elizabeth D. Laporte in the District Court for the Northern District of California. She received a joint B.A. degree magna cum laude in Philosophy and History from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Andrea Lollini is a visiting scholar from the University of Bologna, Italy. He has been awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship in support of his project: “Neurodiversity between Law and Science” (NEDBELS), which seeks to inquire into the legal impacts and socio-political implications of the concept of neurodiversity. This term pertains to individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism and hypothesizes the emergence of a new category of difference in the human population. NEDBELS explores how this concept challenges the constitutional principle of equality, as well as how it fosters the need to accommodate new principles in criminal and civil law.
Prior to this project, Andrea has had an extensive career in legal research with international organizations such as Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice of Paris and The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.
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John is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received both his B.A. (Communications) and M.P.A. from Cleveland State University. Before coming to the Consortium, John worked the past five years in the nonprofit field, gaining experience in nonprofit management and development. John is excited to be part of the team and blend his experience into the growth of the Consortium
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Ashli Butler has been in love with healthcare and medicine ever since she got her hands on a neurosurgery simulation video game at the age of 5 (seriously). Prior to joining UCSF in 2014, Ashli spent time working as a neuroscience research assistant, and a healthcare administrator. She also currently serves as an instructor at Berkeley Adult School.
Ashli received her B.A. in Psychology, with honors, from University of California, Berkeley. She lives in North Oakland, and devotes a large portion of her off-hours to volunteering as a lay healthcare provider with the Berkeley Free Clinic's Women and Trans-Inclusive Services section. In her spare time, she enjoys incessantly sending photos of her dog to her friends, geeking out at museums, and perusing used book stores to add to her already-unmanageable to-read list.