EPPC Welcomes Drs. Aaron Kheriaty, Aaron Rothstein to Program in Bioethics and American Democracy


September 8, 2021


The Ethics and Public Policy Center today announced the appointment of Dr. Aaron Kheriaty and Dr. Aaron Rothstein as Fellows in EPPC’s program in Bioethics and American Democracy. The program works to clarify our society’s responsibilities to the future by encouraging much needed moral and political deliberation on emerging biotechnologies and medical advances—from cloning to stem-cell research to reproductive technologies to gene editing and beyond.

Dr. Kheriaty, who will direct the program, 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. He 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.

Dr. Rothstein is an attending neurovascular physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also studying epidemiology on a National Institutes of Health T32 grant. He completed his neurovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency in neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University and his M.D. from the Wake Forest School of Medicine. From 2014-2021 he was the author of The New Atlantis blog “Practicing Medicine,” which focused on the inner workings of the field of medicine and its theoretical, practical, and ethical complexities. Dr. Rothstein will host EPPC’s Bioethics and American Democracy program’s new podcast, Searching for Medicine’s Soul, which will launch this fall.

Drs. Kheriaty and Rothstein join longtime EPPC Fellow Carter Snead, an internationally recognized expert in the field of law and bioethics, in his work in the Bioethics and American Democracy program.

“EPPC’s Bioethics and American Democracy program plays a crucial role in addressing some of the most morally complex issues facing our culture today—issues that will only continue to become more urgent as technology advances and as the nature of the human person becomes more contested. Dr. Kheriaty and Dr. Rothstein bring a wealth of expertise and practical wisdom that will complement and build upon the excellent work of Carter Snead as EPPC leads the way in applying the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition to today’s most pressing questions,” said EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson.

Learn more about the work of EPPC’s Bioethics and American Democracy Program here.


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