Alexander M. Capron

Expert in bioethics, health care policy, access to health care, relationship between law and medicine

USC University Professor

Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics (Gould School of Law)

Professor of Medicine and Law (Keck School of Medicine)

Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics


  • Election 2016
  • bioethics
  • relationship between law and medicine
  • organ transplantation (organ trafficking, transplant tourism)
  • determination of death
  • ethical and policy issues in physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia
  • medical, ethical, legal and economic issues in the care of seriously ill patients
  • protection of research subjects
  • public health law
  • healthcare policy
  • access to health care and allocation of scarce medical resources
  • genetic screening and counseling (ethical and legal aspects)
  • genetic modification of human beings
  • reproductive technology
  • cloning of human beings
  • patients’ rights
  • medical malpractice and liability
  • torts

Additional Information

  • Author/editor of seven books on ethical and public policy implications of developments in the life sciences, health policy, and biomedical research
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine
  • Founding Fellow, Hastings Center
  • Member, National Bioethics Advisory Commission (1996-2001)
  • Commissioner, The Joint Commission(1995-2012)
  • Executive Director, President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979-1983)
  • Director, Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law, World Health Organization (2002-2006)

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