Alex Capron

Alex Capron, LLB, MA

Director of Research Ethics, Workforce Development


Professor Capron directs the SC CTSI research ethics program, which consists of three main activities: ethics topics in courses for CTSI trainees; quarterly Research Ethics Forums for the general USC community; and research ethics consultation for investigators and research team members on issues arising in the design, approval, or execution of research protocols at USC.

Contact Information
213 740-2557, or 213 740-2548 (Margaret Miller, Administrative Assistant), or 323 442-7289 (Jeanne Dzekov McKean, Research Ethics Forum)

Professional Background

Professor Capron holds the rank of University Professor, occupies the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics at the Gould School of Law, and is Professor of Medicine and Law at the Keck School of Medicine. He was previously the Director of the Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights, and Health Law at the World Health Organization, and the Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research.  Professor Capron writes and teaches about the legal and ethical issues in research with human beings, organ donation, allocation, and transplantation (including organ trafficking and transplant tourism), healthcare safety, and public health, among other subjects. At USC he has been President of the Faculty, Co-Director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and a co-PI on “Collaboratives” on health systems improvement and on law and global health.  He has been president of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics and of the International Bioethics Association, and board chair of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).  Professor Capron is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Law and Medicine, and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Law Institute.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.