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Ezekiel J Emanuel, MD, PhD

  • Diane v.S. Levy & Robert M. Levy Professor; Vice Provost for Global Initiatives; Chair, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor
  • Email: MEHPchair@upenn.edu


Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

From January 2009 to January 2011, he served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. From 1997 to 2011, he was chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He is also a breast oncologist.

Dr. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. 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 Harvard Medical School. He has since been a visiting professor at UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovitz Professor at Stanford Medical School and visiting professor at New York University Law School.

Dr. Emanuel has written and edited 9 books and over 200 scientific articles. He is currently a columnist for the New York Times. He appears regularly on television shows including Morning Joe and Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Selected Publications

Emanuel EJ:

2014. Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System. New York: Public Affairs.

Persad G, Wertheimer A, Emanuel EJ:

2009. Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions. Lancet 373: 423-431.

Denny C, Emanuel EJ:

2008. US Health Aid Beyond PEPFAR: The Mother & Child Campaign. JAMA 300(17):2048-2051.

Hampson L, Joffe S, Fowler R, Verter J, Emanuel E:

2007. The Frequency, Type, and Monetary Value of Financial Conflicts of Interest in Cancer Clinical Research. J. Clinical Oncology, 25(24):3609-3614.

Emanuel EJ, Crouch R, Grady C, Lie R, Miller F, Wendler E:

2007. The Oxford Textbook of Research Ethics (New York: Oxford University Press).

Emanuel EJ, Wertheimer A:

2006. Who Should Get Influenza Vaccine When Not All Can? Science 312: 854-855.

Emanuel EJ, Fuchs VR:

2005. Health Care Vouchers – A Proposal for Universal Coverage. New England Journal of Medicine 352(12):1255-1260.

Emanuel EJ, and Participants in the Ethical Aspects of Research in Developing Countries:

2002. Fair Benefits for Research in Developing Countries. Science 298:2133-2134.

Emanuel EJ, Miller FG:

2001. The Ethics of Placebo-Controlled Trials – A Middle Ground. New England Journal of Medicine 345:915-919.

Emanuel E, Wendler D, Grady C:

2000. What Makes Clinical Research Ethical? JAMA 283:2701-2711.

Emanuel E, Fairclough D, Daniels E, Clarridge B:

1996. Attitudes and Experiences of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Among Oncology Patients, Oncologists and the General Public. Lancet 347:1805-1810.


Harvard Medical School, MD (Internal Medicine) 

Harvard University, PhD, Political Philosophy 

Exeter College, Oxford University, MSc, Biochemistry

Amherst College, BA, Chemistry


In the News

University of Pennsylvania and the Department have partnered with Coursera to offer free, online courses taught by our faculty. "Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act", by Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD will be offered free of charge to everyone on the Coursera platform.