Aaron Kheriaty

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Director, Medical Ethics Program, UCI Health

Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine

M.D., Georgetown University, 2003

Phone: (714) 456-8774
Fax: (714) 456-5112
Email: akheriat@hs.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Bld 56, Room 401
Mail Code: 1680
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Bioethics, Mental Health, End-of-Life Care
Academic Distinctions
Course Director, Ethics and Behavioral Science, UCI School of Medicine
Course Director, Psychiatry Clerkship, UCI School of Medicine

Member, UC Office of the President (UCOP) Critical Care Bioethics Working Group
• Published, Allocation of Scarce Critical Resources under Crisis Standards of Care
• Published, Allocation Guidelines for Remdesivir if Demand Outstrips Supply
• COVID Vaccine Allocation UC Guidelines

Consultant, State of California—Health and Human Services Agency,
California Department of Public Health
• Allocation of Bamlanivimab during COVID pandemic
• California SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Crisis Care Guidelines

Member, COVID Task Force, County of Orange—Healthcare Agency
• COVID Vaccine Allocation Policy

Senior Scholar & Director of Program in Health and Human Flourishing, Zephyr Institute, Palo Alto, CA
Scholar, Paul Ramsey Institute, Center for Bioethics and Culture, San Francisco, CA
Research Abstract
My research focuses on mental health and human flourishing, medical ethics and end-of-life care, and ethical issues raised by novel biotechnologies.
Awards and Honors
Excellence in Teaching Award, UC School of Medicine, Office of Medical Education.
2011 – 2012 Academic Year, Excellence in Clinical Sciences
2012 – 2013 Academic Year, Excellence in Pre-Clinical Sciences
2013 – 2014 Academic Year, Excellence in Pre-Clinical Sciences
2018 – 2019 Academic Year, Excellence in Pre-Clinical Sciences

Commendation, County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. For contributions made in the work of integrating spirituality and mental health for the benefit of citizens of Los Angeles, 2009.
Short Biography
Aaron Kheriaty is Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health. He serves as chairman of the medical ethics committees at UCI Hospital and at the CA Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, earned his MD degree from Georgetown University, and completed residency training in psychiatry at UCI. He has authored books and articles for professional and lay audiences on bioethics, social science, psychiatry, and religion. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Public Discourse, and First Things; he has conducted print, radio, and television interviews on bioethics topics with The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fox, and NPR. On matters of public policy and healthcare he has addressed the California Medical Association and has testified before the California Senate Health Committee.
Kheriaty, A, “The Latent Fascism of Today’s Anti-Fascists,” Part III of The Crisis of Our Times, Arc Digital, 12 July 2020.
Kheriaty, A, “Revolutions vs. The Total Revolution,” Part II of The Crisis of Our Times, Arc Digital, 26 June 2020.
Kheriaty A, “Police Brutality and the Suicide of Revolutionary Violence,” Part I of The Crisis of Our Times, Arc Digital, 4 June 2020.
Kheriaty A, et. al., Moral Guidance on Prioritizing Care During a Pandemic,” Public Discourse, 5 April 2020.
Kheriaty A, “The Impossible Ethics of Pandemic Triage,” TheNewAtlantis.com, April 3, 2020.
Kheriaty A. “Battlefield Promotions,” TheNewAtlantis.com, March 18, 2020.
Kheriaty A. “Card-Carrying Precadavers,” First Things, Number 284, June/July 2018.
Kheriaty A. “First, Take No Stand,” The New Atlantis, Number 59, Summer 2019, pp. 22-35.
Kheriaty, A. “Dying of Despair,” First Things, Number 275, August/September 2017.
Kheriaty, A. “Killer Show,” First Things, 8 May 2017.
Kheriaty A. “Why are doctors afraid of the word ‘death’?” Washington Post, 26 October 2015.
Kheriaty A. “The dangerously contagious effect of assisted-suicide laws,” Washington Post, 20 November 2015.
Kheriaty A. “The Assisted-Suicide Movement Goes on Life Support,” The Wall Street Journal, 22 May 2015.
Kheriaty A. “Apostolate of Death,” First Things, April 2015.
Kheriaty A. “Hooked Up and Tied Down: The Neurological Consequences of Sadomasochism,” The Public Discourse, 17 February 2015.
Kheriaty A, McHugh P. “Assisted suicide places most vulnerable at risk,” Orange County Register, 13 February 2015.
Kheriaty A. “The Era of the Narcissist,” First Things, 16 Feb 2010 (review of, The Narcissism Epidemic, by J Twenge and K Campbell).
Kheriaty A. “God and the Unconscious”, The Global Spiral, also published in Conference Proceedings for “Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood”, July 13-17, 2008, Metanexus Institute Conference, Madrid, Spain.
Kheriaty A. “Cosmetic Drugs for Mental Makeovers: Antidepressants and Our Discontents,” The Digest, Volume 6, Issue 6, April 2006.
Kheriaty A. “The Physician’s Vocation,” MercatorNet, 14 September 2018.
Kheriaty A. Social Contagion Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Commentary on ‘‘How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?’’ Southern Medical Journal 2015;108:10, 605-606. PMID: 26437189.
Kheriaty A. “From Beneficence to Love: Adequate care for the mentally incapacitated,” in Incapacity and Care: Controversies in Healthcare and Research, Ed. Helen Watt. The Linacre Center, Oxford: 2009, 24-36.
Kheriaty A. “Philosophical Anthropology and the Psychological Sciences: A Response to E. Christian Brugger”, Edification, Vol 3, Issue 1, 2009, 23 – 25.
Kheriaty A. “The Return of the Unconscious,” Psychiatric Annals, Vol. 7, Number 4, April, 2007, pp.285-287.
Bota RG, Novac A, Kheriaty A. Longitudinal reflections of the recent political shifts in the prescription of opiates. Mental Illness, 2015; 7:6066, 28-29.
Kheriaty A, Bauman D, Taylor E, Felton P, Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education, Jossey-Bass (2013).
Kheriaty A, with Cihak J, The Catholic Guide to Depression, Sophia Institute Press (2012).
UCI Provost’s Interschool Excellence Initiative Grant, 2013 – 2016. Medical Humanities Initiative.
Metanexus Institute, Local Societies Initiative Grant, 2006 – 2009.
George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, Spirituality and Medicine Award for Curriculum Development for Psychiatry Residency Training Programs, 2006 – 2009.
Fetzer Institute: Inter-Generational Mentoring Community: Fostering an Emergence and Transfer of Leadership in Higher Education, 2009 – 2013.
Professional Society
Fellow, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Graduate Programs

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