Ezekiel J. Emanuel is Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is also the Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. From January 2009 until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council in the Obama Administration.
Prof. Emanuel is renowned for advancing the field of bioethics by combining his skills as a physician, policymaker, and scholar. He is a pioneer in the field of end-of life care. His work emphasizes how psychological distress, depression and hopelessness rather than pain lead patients to want euthanasia of assisted suicide. His research has proven him a leader on research ethics, both in conceptual analysis as well as in discussing regulatory issues. His analysis of the physician patient relationship is a landmark widely taught throughout the world and used to educate medical students.
Emanuel has published over 300 scholarly articles and is the most cited bioethicist in the world. He has authored 6 books and edited 6 other books. Among his many praised books is Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System, and Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America and his memoir Brothers Emanuel. He is also known for being the editor of The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics.
Prof. Emanuel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the chair of the meta-council on the Future of Health Care Committee for the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine (UK). He received numerous awards include the AMA-Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.