The 2019 Calvin & Mayho Tanabe Address

About the Speaker

Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD is 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 one of the country’s leading practitioners shaping the future of health care, with a long record at the top levels of policy.

Trained as an oncologist and a political scientist (he earned both his MD and PhD at Harvard University), Dr. Emanuel served as a special advisor for health policy for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011, playing a significant role in the development of health care budgets and the Affordable Care Act.

He is a founding chair at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, chairs the meta-council on The Future of Health Committee for the World Economic Forum, and is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Dr. Emanuel has authored or edited 12 books and published more than 250 articles on a range of subjects, from health care reform to end-of-life care. His most recent book, Prescription for the Future, identifies standout medical organizations that are delivering higher-quality, more patient-focused care at a lower price, and from those examples distills 12 practices that could transform the entire health care sector. 

An engaging and forthright speaker on health care reform and transformation of American medicine, Dr. Emanuel is a regular media contributor and analyst for The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Among his many honors, he is the 2018 recipient of the Dan David Prize in the category of bioethics, an award recognizing innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.

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