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 currently Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project, and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Health and Human Flourishing Program at the Zephyr Institute. Dr. Kheriaty is also a Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute and he serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy.

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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 currently Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project, and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Health and Human Flourishing Program at the Zephyr Institute. Dr. Kheriaty is also a Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute and he serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy.

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 the University of California Irvine. For many years he was Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health, where he chaired the ethics committee. He also chaired the ethics committee at the California Department of State Hospitals for several years.

Dr. Kheriaty 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 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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The Public Health Prophet We Did Not Heed

Aaron Kheriaty

Although lockdowns and other biosecurity proposals were circulating by 2005, mainstream public health did not embrace the biosecurity model until covid.

Articles

Substack / May 10, 2022

Our Digital Panopticon

Aaron Kheriaty

The CDC has been using phone tracking data to monitor schools and churches. The CIA has also been spying on Americans, with no judicial oversight and without congressional approval.

Articles

Substack / May 4, 2022

The Battle for Control of Your Mind

Aaron Kheriaty

These new digital surveillance and control mechanisms will be no less oppressive for being virtual rather than physical.

Articles

Brownstone Institute / April 29, 2022

The New Normal

Aaron Kheriaty

Lockdowns were not just an untested public health measure. They were a new paradigm of governance.

Articles

Substack / April 11, 2022

The Spectre of Asymptomatic Spread

Aaron Kheriaty

It would be hard to devise a better method than the widespread myth of asymptomatic spread combined with quarantining the healthy to destroy the fabric of society and to divide us.

Articles

Substack / March 31, 2022

Where Is the Bio-Fascist State Headed?

Aaron Kheriaty

In these proposed laws we see the welding of public health, digital technologies, and the police powers of the state into an invasive model of surveillance and control.

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Substack / March 31, 2022

An Open Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra on Ending the Covid-19 Public Health “Emergency”

Ryan T. Anderson

Human flourishing requires both public health and individual liberty and an appropriate balance between these goods when they conflict. We know that human beings flourish in community; we are social by nature. As such, we should not be surprised that government Covid-19 regulations mandating school closures, lockdowns, masking, and vaccination have isolated us from our fellow citizens and imposed significant attendant harms. It is time to declare this emergency over and once again let people take responsibility for themselves.

Public Discourse / March 18, 2022

Nuremberg, 1947

Aaron Kheriaty

20th Century German medicine offers a cautionary tale that we do well not to forget.

Articles

Substack / March 10, 2022

The Rising Biosecurity Surveillance Regime

Aaron Kheriaty

Continued compliance with manifestly unjust and often absurd mandates will not return us to a normal functioning society. Every good-faith or selfless act of compliance on the part of citizens has only resulted in more illogical pandemic “countermeasures” that further erode our civil liberties, harm our overall health, and undermine human flourishing.

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Theopolis / February 17, 2022

EPPC Scholars Submit Public Comment Opposing OSHA’s Unlawful Vaccine Mandate

Roger Severino

EPPC scholars Roger Severino, Rachel N. Morrison, Dr. David Gortler, and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty submitted a public comment opposing finalization of OSHA’s rule that would mandate COVID-19 vaccination in workplaces.

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Publications / January 20, 2022

INTERVIEW: Dr. Aaron Kheriaty Discusses COVID-19, Vaccine Mandates and His Dismissal From UC-Irvine

Aaron Kheriaty

EPPC Fellow Aaron Kheriaty, a Catholic psychiatrist and ethicist who was fired last month from the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, explains why he made a principled stand in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

Interviews

National Catholic Register / January 18, 2022

COVID Mandates Prevent Americans from Getting Back in the Game

Aaron Kheriaty

The same essential people who courageously worked on the frontlines defending us during COVID now face bullying from their peers and no support from the government of a country that was founded on freedom.

Articles

Fox News / January 10, 2022