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Dr. Scott Allen

Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Internal Medicine

Scott Allen

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Education and Training

  • Residency, Internal Medicine, The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
  • M.D., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • B.S., Physics, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine


Dr. Scott A. Allen, M.D. is a clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

In addition, he is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and serves as the medical director of the Access Clinic, a primary care clinic for disabled adults at the Riverside University Health System - Medical Center.

His career includes public sector service caring for patients institutionalized in Rhode Island’s prison and state hospital system, human rights work, and work in community health centers.

Allen received a B.S. in physics from Bates College, completed a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr, then attended Brown University to earn his M.D. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brown University's Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Research Summary

Allen has conducted research on the role of medical professionals in the treatment of U.S. prisoners and detainees. He participated in research that investigated incarceration's impact on health inequality, showing that many incarcerated individuals are being punished for behaviors that can be linked to treatable diseases such as mental illness and addiction. His research on the role of medical professionals in the treatment of U.S. prisoners and detainees has contributed to the formation of policies, publications and ethical guidelines published by the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, American Psychiatric Association, the Institute of Medicine and the United Nationals Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Allen was also co-author of a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that argued that America’s oversized prison population provides a critical opportunity to tackle the U.S. hepatitis C epidemic.


  • President’s Research Catalyst Award:  Helping California address the prison health care crisis, PI Brie Williams, UC San Francisco.  (Dr. Allen is one of two co-investigators)
  • Justice Assistance Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award (co-recipient with Josiah D. Rich), 2012.
  • Invited to serve on the planning committee and as a panelist for the Institute of Medicine’s Workshop on Medical Ethics: Issues Regarding Dual Loyalties.
  • Fleet Community fellow, Brown University, 2001 and 2004.

Recent Publications

  • Rubenstein L, Allen S, Guze P. Advancing Medical Professionalism in US Military Detainee Treatment.  PLoS Medicine. 2016:13(1).
  • Greifinger R, Allen S. Asserting control: a cautionary tale. (Editorial). International Journal of Prisoner Health. 2015:11(3).
  • Rich J, Allen S, Williams B.  The need for higher standards in correctional healthcare to improve public health.  Journal Of General Internal Medicine. 2014; 30(4):503-7.
  • Dumont D, Allen S, Rich J.  Sesame Street Goes to Jail.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014; 161(7):522-23.
  • Rich J, Williams B, Dumont D, Wang E, Taxman F, Allen S, Clarke J, Greifinger R, Wildeman C, Osher F, Rosenberg S, Haney C, Western B. Righting our wrongs: how healthcare reform can transform the health of criminal justice-involved individuals.  Health Affairs. 2014;33(3):462-7.
  • Rich J, Allen S, Williams B.  Responding to Hepatitis C with the Criminal Justice System. New England Journal of Medicine.  2014; 370(20) 1871-74.
  • Reyes H, Allen S, Annas G. Physicians and Hunger Strikes in Prison: Confrontation, Manipulation, Medicalization and Medical Ethics (part 1). World Medical Journal. 2013; 59(1).
  • Dumont D, Allen S, Brockmann b, Alexander N, Rich J. Incarceration, Community Health, and Racial Disparities. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underservered. 2013;24.
  • Iacopini V, Allen S (co-first authors), Keller A. Bad Science Used to Justify and Support Torture and Human Experimentation. Science. 2011: 331:34-35.
  • Allen S, Wakeman S, Cohen R, Rich J. Doctors in Prisons in the Era of Mass Incarceration. International Journal of Prisoner Health. 2010. 6(3)99-106.
  • Chang M, Kong NB, Phal V, Pugatch D, Allen, S. Project AID Khmer: addressing the health impact of HIV/AIDS on Cambodia through rural capacity building. Glob Public Health. 2010; 5(1):75-76


  • Soldz S, Raymond N, Reisner, S., Allen, S Keller, A, Baker I. 2015. Issued 2015. All the President's Psychologists:  The American Psychological Association’s Secret Complicity with the White House and US Intelligence Community in Support of the CIA’s ”Enhanced” Interrogation Program . The New York Times, Front Page online April 30, 2015.  Front page print May 1, 2015. The New York Times. 61p. Month of Publication: Apr. (Non-Refereed, Electronic, Invited).
  • Allen S,  Brown W, Dougherty S, Granksi M, Iacopino V, Keller A, Raymond N, Reisner S, Soldz S.  Doing Harm: Health Professionals Central Role in the CIA Detention Program.  Physicians for Human Rights.  December 2014.
  • Rich, J.D., Dumont, D, Allen, S. (2012). Incarceration and Health. Working paper prepared for the National Academies Workshop on Health and Incarceration, Dec. 5,Washington, DC. Available: May 2013

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