Alexander M. Capron

  • 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
Office: (213) 740-2557

Expertise Summary

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


  • 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)