Aaron Kheriaty


Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is a Fellow & Director of the Program in Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a physician specializing in psychiatry and author of three books, including most recently, The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State (2022).


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Dr. Kheriaty also serves as Senior Scholar and Fellow at the Brownstone Institute, Senior Fellow at the Zephyr Institute, Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project, Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute, Fellow at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, 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, public health, political theory, social science, psychiatry, philosophy, religion, and culture. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, The Federalist, Compact, 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, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NPR, EWTN, and Epoch TV.

On matters of public policy and healthcare he has addressed the California Medical Association and has testified before the California Senate Health Committee and the United States Senate. Dr. Kheriaty has consulted on Covid related ethical issues during the pandemic for the University of California Office of the President, the County of Orange Healthcare Agency, and the California Department of Public Health.

You can follow him on Twitter at @akheriaty and subscribe to his newsletter at AaronKheriaty.Substack.com

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Aaron Kheriaty On The Murthy v. Missouri Supreme Court Hearing

April 2, 2024 | The Illusion of Consensus

Aaron Kheriaty on Censorship and Control

November 25, 2023 | Voices for Medical Freedom

Aaron Kheriaty at the Brownstone Conference

November 14, 2023 | Brownstone Institute

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Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on Why Totalitarianism Doesn’t Require Gulags or Concentration Camps

September 19, 2023 | Epoch TV

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Aaron Kheriaty on COVID Restrictions

September 15, 2023 | The Reason Livestream

On September 15, 2023, Fellow Aaron Kheriaty appeared on The Reason Livestream to discuss the persistent COVID mandates for K-12…

Aaron Kheriaty on “The New Abnormal”

September 14, 2023 | Racket News

On September 14, 2023, Fellow Aaron Kheriaty was interviewed by Racket News. He discussed Missouri v. Biden and his book…

Aaron Kheriaty on Suicide Prevention Month

September 7, 2023 | EWTN Pro-Life Weekly

On September 7, 2023 Fellow Aaron Kheriaty appeared on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly to discuss the recent increase in suicide rates…

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty On the Violation of Bioethical Principles During the COVID Pandemic

August 31, 2023 | The Illusion of Consensus

On August 31, 2023, fellow Aaron Kheriaty appeared on The Illusion of Consensus to discuss the response to COVID and…

Aaron Kheriaty on the Biomedical Security State

August 23, 2023 | Mises Institute

On August 23, 2023, Fellow and Director of the Program in Bioethics and American Democracy Aaron Kheriaty spoke at the…

Aaron Kheriaty: The New Abnormal

August 17, 2023 | Henkel Conference

On August 17, 2023, Fellow Aaron Kheriaty appeared at the 2023 Henkel Conference hosted by Ascension Lutheran Church in Nashville,…

Aaron Kheriaty on Missouri v. Biden

July 24, 2023 | The Kennedy Beacon Podcast

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