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

Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania


Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is the vice provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University professor, and co-director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization. He is on leave for 2019–2021 from being the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

From January 2009 to January 2011, Dr. Emanuel served as a special advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. Prior to that, he was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 to August of 2011. 

Dr. Emanuel received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University. He has published over 300 articles mainly on health care reform, research ethics, and end-of-life care. He has also authored or edited 13 books. His book, Prescription for the Future, identifies standout medical organizations that have achieved higher-quality, more patient-focused, and lower-cost care, and from their examples distills 12 transformational practices that could transform the entire health care sector. His new book, Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care? was recently published by Public Affairs. Dr. Emanuel is the most widely cited bioethicist in history. 

Dr. Emanuel also serves as a venture partner at Oak HC/FT in addition to serving as a contributor for the New York Times and CNN. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal College of Medicine. He turned down a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a 2018 recipient of the Dan David Prize in the category of Bioethics, an honor recognizing innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. Dr. Emanuel received the 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award, given in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges, for his profound impact on research ethics, on bioethics training and institution-building, and on health care policy through his role in drafting the Affordable Care Act. And, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, its highest honor.