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Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor

Professor of Health Care Management

Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 122 College Hall, Philadelphia, PA


Ezekiel J. Emanuel is 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 White House Office of Management and Budget. Since 1997 he was chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and 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 the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has since been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and 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.



  • HCMG890 - Advanced Study Project Seminar

    There are two ASP Seminars: HCMG 890-001 Management of Health Care Service Businesses; HCMG 890-003 Health Business and Policy (not offered every term, check with department).

    HCMG 890-001: This course examines issues related to the Services Sector of thehealth care industry. For those interested in management, investing, or bankingto the health care industry, the services sector will likely be the largest and most dynamic sector within all of health care. We will study key management issues related to a number of different health care services businesses with a focus on common challenges related to reimbursement, regulatory, margin, growth, and competitive issues. We will look at a number of different businesses and subsectors that may have been unfamiliar to students prior to taking the course. We will make extensive use of outside speakers, many of whom will be true industry leaders within different sectors of the health care services industry. Speakers will address the current management issues they face in running their businesses as well as discuss the career decisions and leadership styles that enables them to reach the top of their profession. Students will be asked to develop a plan to both buyout and manage a specific health care services business of their choosing and will present their final plans to a panel of leading Health Care Private Equity investors who will evaluate their analysis. Prerequisites: HCMG 841

    HCMG 890-003: This course focuses on the critical relationship between healthcare business and government in the US. Healthcare is regulated, purchased, guided, and overseen by a range of state, federal, and local government agencies. Strong working relationships with government entities is critical for business operations in healthcare, and markets are made or broken by the government. Understanding that business and policy will always co-exist in healthcare, the goal of is to enable students to craft solutions to business problems that are consistent with policy, and to develop an understanding of how to judge strategic opportunity stemming from policy actions in healthcare. The course teaches with practical examples of how each major sector of the health economy engages with government entities. We will cover life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device), insurance (large commercial, blues, Medicare, Medicaid), and provider (hospital, physician group practice, post-acute care). As well, the course covers the range of government entities engaged: Federal (executive branch and the Congress), State, and Local. Case examples will be selected from what is most compelling in the Spring, and will include a focus on how healthcare companies are engaging in and affected by the 2016 election.

    Senior healthcare executives and policy leaders will be engaged as guest speakers.



  • HCMG850 - Health Policy: Health Care Reform and the Future of the American Health System

    This course will provide students a broad overview of the current U.S. healthcare system. The course will focus on the challenges facing the health care system, an in-depth understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and of its potential impact upon health care access, delivery, cost, and quality as well as its effect on firms within the health care sector. The course will examine potential reforms, including those offered by liberals and conservatives and information that can be extracted from health care systems in other developed countries.


    Arranged with members of the Faculty of the Health Care Systems Department. For further information contact the Department office, Room 204, Colonial Penn Center, 3641 Locust Walk, 898-6861.