Ben A. Rich, JD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Bioethics
University of California–Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, California

Dr. Ben Rich received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and eventually began his involvement in health care law. He later embarked on a career in academic bioethics, pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has faculty appointments at the University of California-Davis Departments of Internal Medicine, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, as well as in the School of Law.

Dr. Rich serves as chair of the ethics committee of the American Pain Society (APS) and is a member of the ethics committee and the Council of Ethics of the American College of Legal Medicine. He has published extensively in medical, legal, and bioethics journals and textbooks on topics ranging from informed consent and advance directives to pain management and end-of-life care. Dr. Rich is on the editorial boards of the APS Bulletin, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, and Pain Medicine. He received the Mayday Scholar's Award and the University of Colorado President's Fund for the Humanities Award. Dr. Rich is working to further develop the UC Davis Bioethics Program and its training of medical staff, students, and other professionals.

Last modified: June 5, 2012