Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD

by Jasmine Batchelor

December 1, 2017

Joint Appointment, Wharton School and School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Founding Chair, Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health; Former Special Advisor on Health Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Ezekiel Emanuel is one of the leading practitioners shaping the future of healthcare, with a long record of experience at the top levels of policy. He is an engaging, incisive, forthright, and witty speaker on healthcare reform and the transformation of American medicine. Trained both as an oncologist (MD, Harvard Medical School) and a political scientist, Zeke offers a uniquely thoughtful perspective on the most difficult issues in medicine today.

From February 2009 to January 2011, Zeke Emanuel was a special advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about healthcare, he had a significant impact on federal healthcare budgets and the Affordable Care Act.

Today, Dr. Emanuel holds a joint position at the Wharton School and the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he chairs the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. He is a founding chair at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as Chair of the meta-council on The Future of Health Committee for the World Economic Forum. Until 1997, he was an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School.

In his forthcoming book, Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Habits of Highly Effective Medical Care (June 2017), Zeke looks to the future to describe how the best healthcare in the US will be achieved in coming years.

His previous book, Reinventing American Health Care, is the definitive account of the ACA — what it changes, what we can expect going forwards, and what this means for your audience. Zeke ends the book with a reflection on “Six Megatrends” — six bold predictions about the radical changes we can expect in the next ten years. He is also the author of, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, a true American success story of how one family produced three high-achieving kids. His other books include The Ends of Human Life and No Margin, No Mission: Healthcare Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence.

Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Healthcare Organization. He developed The Medical Directive, a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by Consumer Reports on Health, Harvard Health Letter, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles 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. He is also a contributor to Fox News offering healthcare and policy analysis.

He received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine (UK) and many others. Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. His articles have appeared in such medical journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and JAMA. His popular writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and many other publications.