Keren Ladin

Keren Ladin

(617) 627-5931
574 Boston Ave
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Keren Ladin teaches courses in health policy, research methods, public health ethics, health disparities, and medical ethics. Professor Ladin incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and normative approaches to study how systemic disadvantage affects health and the ability of individuals to make and pursue lifeplans. Specifically, her research examines socioeconomic and racial disparities in transplantation, mental health treatment, aging, and immigrant health. She aims to better understand how social networks impact health disparities, acute medical decision-making, and resilience in major life transitions. Her research aims to: (1) understand the role of social networks in complex medical decision-making, (2) evaluate the impact of public policies on the health of vulnerable populations, and (3) identify barriers and interventions to improve health care utilization among vulnerable populations.

Professor Ladin is also the Director of the Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health (REACH Lab) at Tufts University.


  • PhD Health Policy (Concentration: Ethics), Harvard University, Boston, United States, 2013
  • MSc Population & International Health, Harvard University, Boston, United States, 2007
  • AB with honors, University of Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2005


Dr. Keren Ladin is Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health at Tufts University. She is Director of Research on Aging, Ethics, and Community Health (REACH Lab) at Tufts University. Dr. Ladin is the Concentration Lead for Practice to Policy Translational Research in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Masters and PhD program at Tufts.

Dr. Ladin's scholarly work examines questions of equitable allocation of health resources, shared decision-making, and disparities, especially for older adults and for people facing surgical decisions. Dr. Ladin has published extensively on topics related to transplantation, aging, kidney disease, and health disparities, and is an expert in mixed-methods, medical ethics, and health policy. She currently serves is Chair of United Network on Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ethics Committee and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Ethics Committee.

Dr. Ladin's research has been funded by the Greenwall Foundation, the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations. At Tufts, Dr. Ladin teaches courses in health policy, research methods, public health ethics, and health disparities.

Dr. Ladin studied History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She received her masters in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her PhD in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University.