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Ezekiel J. Emanuel is a senior fellow at American Progress and the vice provost for global initiatives, the Diane S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an op-ed contributor to The New York Times.

He was the founding chair of the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a special adviser on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council. He is also a breast oncologist and author.

After completing Amherst College, he received his Master of Science from Oxford University in biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. In 1987 and 1988, he was a fellow in the program in ethics and the professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School before joining the NIH.

Dr. Emanuel has authored three books and co-edited four, and will have two books forthcoming in 2012. His publications include The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics, edited by Dr. Emanuel and members of the NIH Department of Bioethics and Healthcare; Guaranteed, Dr. Emanuel’s own recommendations for health care reform, and Exploitation and Developing Countries. His book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely praised and received honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr. Emanuel has also published No Margin, No Mission: Health-Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence and co-edited Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research: Readings and Commentary.

Dr. Emanuel developed “The Medical Directive,” a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by Consumer Reports on HealthHarvard Health LetterThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end-of-life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and many other medical journals.

He has received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine. Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He received the AMA-Burroughs Welcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship, which he declined. In 2007, Roosevelt University presented Dr. Emanuel with the President’s Medal for Social Justice.

Dr. Emanuel served on former President Bill Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and on the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Health Organization. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at numerous universities and medical schools, including the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovtiz Professor at Stanford Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School.

By Zeke Emanuel
A Comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine PlanCenter for American ProgressJuly 28, 2020
A National and State Plan To End the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2020
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State and Local Governments Must Take Much More Aggressive Action Immediately To Slow Spread of the CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2020
How to build public trust in the face of coronavirusThe Washington PostMarch 2, 2020
The Affordable Care Act is not in crisis — but it could be betterThe Washington PostAugust 22, 2016
Re-Evaluating the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research InstituteCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2016
Medicare’s Drug Payment Proposal Puts Patients FirstThe Huffington PostMay 2, 2016
A Grand Bargain to Help the Poor Live LongerU.S. News & World ReportApril 14, 2016
State Options to Control Health Care Costs and Improve QualityCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2016
Payment Reform Action Plan: Meeting the New Medicare Payment Reform TargetCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2015
Controlling Costs by Expanding the Medicare Acute Care Episode DemonstrationJournal of the American Medical AssociationJuly 8, 2014
A New Management Structure for a New Phase of the Affordable Care ActCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2014
Comparing the Effectiveness of Health CareCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2014
Reducing the Cost of Defensive MedicineCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2013
Shared Decision Making Improves Care and Reduces CostsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 2, 2013
Less Than $26 Billion? Don’t Bother.The New York TimesNovember 7, 2011
Expand Competitive Bidding in MedicareCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011
How the Federal Government Can Save $100 Billion or More in Health-Care CostsCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011
Replace Fee-for-Service with Bundled Payments in MedicareCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011
Pay for Interventions That Work in MedicareCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011
Cut Administrative Costs in the Health SystemCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011