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Round Table Talks Episode 8

Medical Ethics of Mandates

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Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD

Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine

Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health

Aaron Kheriaty, MD, serves as chairman of the medical ethics committees at UCI Hospital and at the California Department of State Hospitals.

Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, earned his MD degree from Georgetown University, and completed residency training in psychiatry at UCI.

He has authored books and articles for professional and lay audiences on bioethics, social science, psychiatry, religion, and culture. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Arc Digital, The New Atlantis, Public Discourse, City Journal, and First Things. He has conducted print, radio, and television interviews on bioethics topics with The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fox, and NPR. On matters of public policy and healthcare he has addressed the California Medical Association and has testified before the California Senate Health Committee.

Dr. Kheriaty is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program in Health and Human Flourishing at the Zephyr Institute, and Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute. He also serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy. Dr. Kheriaty has consulted on Covid related ethical issues during the pandemic, such as ventilator triage and vaccine allocation, for the UC Office of the President, the County of Orange Healthcare Agency, and the California Department of Public Health.


Parisa Fishback

President and General Counsel, Unity Project

Founder and Principal Attorney, Fishback Law Corp

Parisa Fishback of Fishback Law Corp, a legal firm that specializes in bankruptcy law in Orange County and throughout Southern California, helps individuals and businesses find effective debt relief through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Fishback’s career as a bankruptcy attorney in Orange County began with an extern clerkship to the Honorable John E. Ryan, chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, from which she learned the perspective of the court and judge in bankruptcy law matters. She later joined Pite Duncan, LLP, one of the largest creditor law firms in the nation, from which she learned bankruptcy law from the perspective of the creditor.
As a bankruptcy attorney in Orange County representing debtors, she has helped save hundreds of homes from foreclosure and assisted individuals and businesses alike in finding relief from overwhelming debt and the harassment of creditors.
Fishback has developed extensive relationships with judges, courts, trustees and other bankruptcy attorneys, which ultimately serves to enhance the representation she is able to provide her clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Fishback is a graduate of Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, where she was a two-time recipient of the CALI award, and participant in Moot Court and the Appellate Law Clinic. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University.


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