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Howard Chiou

Current Status: Alumni

Graduate Department: Anthropology

Previous Education: BA, Human Biology, MS, Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University;  

Advisor(s): Melvin Konner, MD, PhD;

Hometown: New York, NY


My other projects include Emory University Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services, a new program to train non-clinical undergraduate and graduate students as medical interpreters to serve at our free clinics for the uninsured and immigrant communities. I am also passionate about teaching, medical education, and pedagogical development. On weekends, I'm all about hiking or canoeing, cooking, squash, basketball, bouncing to good music, and sleeping.


The core structure of medicine needs to be redesigned from one that is focused on individuals ("cowboys") to coordinated teams ("pit crews")-- medical harm remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States, killing more patients than breast cancer or car accidents every year.  These transformations require dramatic culture change, but we don't know how to do this in healthcare-- most of the culture change literature comes from business management or other industries. I am working on the implementation of a novel team-based care system on inpatient hospital units, combining tools from both classic anthropology and quality improvement. By using the hospital unit as a cultural laboratory, I aim to inform both anthropology and healthcare implementation science.

Graduation Year: 2017

Residency: Transitional Year, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center