Dominic A. Sisti

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Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Program Director, Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Associate Fellow, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Affiliated Faculty, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Blockley Hall, Floor 14
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-4037
B.S. (Biology)
Villanova University, 1996.
MBE (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
Ph.D. (Philosophy)
Michigan State University, 2010.
Post-Graduate Training
Templeton Junior Research Fellow, Center for Academic Integrity, Duke University, 2004-2006.
Edmund Pellegrino Fellow, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University, 2008-2008.
Coursework in Health Policy Research Methods, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Ethics consultation
Ethics in psychiatry

Description of Research Expertise

Ethical & policy issues in mental health care
Ethics in end of life care
Bioethics education

Selected Publications

Perera I, Sisti D: Mass Shootings and Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization, Here and Abroad. American Journal of Public Health Page: S176-S177, June 2019.

Glickman, A, Sisti, D: Prescribing Medical Cannabis: Ethical Considerations for Primary Care Providers. Journal of Medical Ethics December 2019 Notes: Published Online First: 18 December 2019. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105759.

Moin, E, Sisti, D: Jailers at the Bedside: Ethical Conflicts in Provision of Community Hospital Care for Incarcerated Individuals. Journal of Correctional Health Care 25(4), October 2019 Notes: In press.

Terrasse M, Gorin M, Sisti D: Social Media, e-Health, and Medical Ethics. The Hastings Center Report 49(1): 24-33, March 2019.

Sisti D, Joffe S: Implications of 'Zero Suicide' for Suicide Prevention Research. JAMA 320(16): 1633-1634, October 2018 Notes: Published online October 4, 2018. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.13083.

Sisti D, Segal A, Emanuel E: Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum. JAMA 313(3): 243-44, Jan 2015.

Sisti D, Sinclair E, Sharfstein S: Bedless Psychiatry: Rebuilding Behavioral Health Service Capacity. JAMA Psychiatry 75(5): 417-418, May 2018 Notes: Published online March 14, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0219.

Sisti D, Ramamurthy C: From Alienism to ACOs: Integrating Psychiatry, Again. Psychiatric Services 67(4): 372–74, Mar 2016 Notes: [Psychiatric Services in Advance doi: 10.1176/; Epub ahead of print, December 2015]

Johnson R, Persad G, Sisti D: The Tarasoff Rule: The Implications of Inter-State Variation & Gaps in Professional Training. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 42(4): 469-77, Dec 2014.

Young M, Sisti D, Rimon-Greenspan H, Schwartz J, Caplan A: Immune to Addiction: The Ethical Dimensions of Substance Abuse Vaccines. Nature Immunology 13(6): 521-24, June 2012.

Sisti D, Segal A, Thase M: Proceed With Caution: Off-Label Ketamine Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports 16(12): 527, Oct 2014 Notes: 10.1007/s11920-014-0527-z.

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