RELEASE: Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel Joins the Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C.—John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress is pleased to announce that Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel will join the Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow to focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and lowering health care costs.

Dr. Emanuel is a renowned bioethicist and leading expert in health care. He served as the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institute of Health since 1997 and served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from Janurary 2009 to January 2011 where he helped craft the Affordable Care Act. He was recently appointed to be the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor and the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The Center for American Progress welcomes Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel in his new role to expand efforts to successfully implement the Affordable Care Act and work for the interest of the American people’s future health,” said John Podesta. “His vast expertise on health care reform and bioethics makes him a formidable asset to our team and will play a huge role in shaping health care policy in years ahead.”

A prominent scholar, Dr. Emanuel has authored and edited nine books and hundreds of articles across the topics of health care reform, the ethics of medical research, and the physician-patient relationship. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; served on former President Bill Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and the bioethics panel of the Pan American Health Organization; received such awards as the AMA-Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center; and been a visiting professor at New York University Law School, the medical schools of Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Emanuel earned an M.D. (1988) and a Ph.D. in political philosophy (1989) from Harvard University, an M.Sci. in biochemistry from Oxford University (1981), and a B.A. in Chemistry from Amherst College (1979). Before joining the NIH in 1997, he was associate professor of social medicine at the Harvard Medical School, where he taught since 1992.