Scott A. Allen Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Scott A. Allen, MD
Co-Director, The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights

Dr. Allen has worked in the correctional field for the past decade, including seven years as a full time physician at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections including three as Medical Program Director (2001-2004). He has spoken and written about a number of correctional health and human rights issues, including hepatitis C in prisons and the obligations of health professionals in protecting the human rights of inmate patients. He has served as a Court appointed expert to the federal courts in prison health cases. He is currently a Medical Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA and an attending medical physician for an inpatient psychiatric ward at Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, RI.

He has also worked extensively with the Cambodian community in the U.S. and in Cambodia since 1980. He is a founding board member of Project AID Khmer (

scholarly work

Allen S, Rich J. Prisons and Mental Health [Letter]. N Engl J Med. 2007. 356 (2) 197-198.

Allen S. Cambodia Memoir. Bates Magazine. Summer 2006.

Allen S. Abuse in Prison: Stanford Revisited. Op-Ed. The Providence Journal. July 17, 2006.

Allen S, Cohen R, Rold W. Dual Loyalties: Our Role in Preventing Inmate Abuse. CorrectCare (News Quarterly of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care), 20:3. Summer 2006.

Allen S. Dining with Wilkey. A Piece of My Mind (Essay). JAMA 2006; 29(22): 2583-2584.

Allen S, Rich J, Bux R, Farbenblum B, Berns M, Rubenstein L. Deaths of Detainees in the Custody of U.S. Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002 to 2005. MedGenMed December 2006.

Allen S. We need 'creatively maladjusted' teens. Op-Ed. The Providence Journal. January 13, 2006.

Paris J, Pradhan M, Allen S, Cassidy W. Cost of Hepatitis C Treatment in the Correctional Setting. J of Correctional Health Care. 2005; 11 (2) : 199-212.

Boutwell A, Allen S, Rich J. Reply to Walker, et al. Response to Call for Mandatory HIV Testing in Prisons [Letter]. Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Jan 15;40(2):319-321..

Allen S, Spaulding A, Rich J. Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in a State Correctional Facility. . Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:150-51. [Reply]

Allen S, Spaulding A, Taylor L, Rich J. Confined Treatment Continued. Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(3):928[Reply].

Rich J, Taylor L, Allen S. Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults. Ann Intern Med. 2004; 141(7):575-6.

Boutwell A, Allen S, Rich J. Opportunities to Address the Hepatitis C Epidemic in the Correctional Setting. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2004.

Allen S. Developing a Systematic Approach to Hepatitis C for Correctional Systems: Controversies and Emerging Consensus. HEPP Report. April 2003 Vol. 6, Issue 4.

Taylor LE, Schwartzapfel BA, Costello T, Allen S, Feller E, Reinert MS, Tashima K. Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment Among HIV-HCV Coinfected Individuals. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2003; 14.

Allen S, Spaulding A, Osei A, Taylor L, Cabral A, Rich J. Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in a State Correctional Facility. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:187-90.

Clarke J, Schwartzapfel B, Pomposelli J, Allen S, Spaulding A, Rich J. Hepatitis B vaccination of incarcerated women: a pilot program. J Health Care Poor. 2003. 14: 318-23.

Challenge and Public Health Opportunity. Federal Probation. 2003; 67(2):22-26.

Allen S, Rich J, Schwartzapfel B, Friedmann P. Hepatitis C Among Offenders: Correctional
Challenge and Public Health Opportunity. Federal Probation. 2003; 67(2):22-26.

Myung P, Maulette C, Taylor L, Allen S, Feller, E. Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C: Practical Recommendations. Medicine and Health Rhode Island. 2003; 86. 168-171.

Taylor L, Schwartzapfel B, Allen S, Jacobs G, Mitty J. Extending Treatment for HCV Infection to HIV-HCV Coinfected Individuals with Psychiatric Illness and Drug Dependence. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2003; 36: 1501-2.

Berzin T, Allen S, Taylor L, Rich J, Feller E. Management of hepatitis C in Rhode Island: Opportunities for Improvement Within and Beyond the Department of Corrections. Medicine and Health Rhode Island. 2002; 85: 341-344.

Spaulding A, Allen S, Osei A, Ballard R. Hepatitis C Infection: Opportunity for Exposure in Many Settings. Medicine and Health Rhode Island. 2000; 83: 204-206.