Aaron Kheriaty

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Aaron Kheriaty is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs EPPC’s program in Bioethics and American Democracy. He 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.

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Aaron Kheriaty is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs EPPC’s program in Bioethics and American Democracy. He 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, religion, and culture. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Arc Digital, the New Atlantis, Public Discourse, City Journal, 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.

Dr. Kheriaty is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program in Health and Human Flourishing at the Zephyr Institute, and Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute. He also serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy. Dr. Kheriaty has consulted on Covid related ethical issues during the pandemic, such as ventilator triage and vaccine allocation, for the UC Office of the President, the County of Orange Healthcare Agency, and the California Department of Public Health.

You can follow him on Twitter @akheriaty.

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Update: Letters from UC and CDC

Aaron Kheriaty

The CDC admits it has no evidence of a single case of a Covid-recovered individual subsequently getting reinfected and transmitting the virus. Yet UCI has placed EPPC Fellow Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on unpaid suspension.

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Substack / November 13, 2021

Why the CDC Ignores Natural Immunity

Aaron Kheriaty

The science on the efficacy and durability of natural immunity is now overwhelming. Yet the CDC continues to recommend lifting restrictions on the vaccinated but not those who have recovered from Covid and have superior natural immunity.

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Substack / October 23, 2021

Unpaid Suspension from the University

Aaron Kheriaty

EPPC Fellow Dr. Aaron Kheriaty details the latest turn in his conflict with the University of California over its vaccine mandate.

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Substack / October 20, 2021

Judicial Precedents and Vaccine Mandates

Aaron Kheriaty

The 1905 Supreme Court Case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts is often cited to justify vaccine mandates and other Covid emergency measures. But what did that original case actually determine?

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Substack / October 12, 2021

On Avoiding Bad Faith and Ad Hominem Arguments

Aaron Kheriaty

Civility and respect on social media can advance the pursuit of truth more than snark or sarcasm, but this requires patience, nuance, and a willingness to engage directly with our interlocutors. It’s more time consuming and difficult, but it is worthwhile.

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Substack / September 29, 2021

Why I Am Challenging in Court the University of California’s Vaccine Mandate

Aaron Kheriaty

Medical exemptions for most vaccine mandates are too narrowly tailored, constraining physicians’ discretionary judgment and impairing individualized patient care. Heavy-handed mandates stigmatize and punish those who refuse to comply. Many aspects of our response to Covid no longer make sense.

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Substack / September 23, 2021