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


Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, 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 and New York University Law School, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Kovitz Professor at Stanford Medical School.

Dr. Emanuel has written and edited nine books and more than 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. He began teaching online with a massive open online course on Coursera in 2013 and has since shaped his experiences and research into brief video lectures on medical ethics and health policy issues for continuing education, professional development, and academic learners.