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Medical Ethics in American Health Care
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Department of Clinical Bioethics
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center
The medical ethics of our health care system
affects us all. Informed consent, euthanasia, and the patient-physician
relationship are examples of such concerns today.
Drawing from the disciplines of medicine and philosophy, Dr.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel will speak to these important issues. Dr. Emanuel
is Chief of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren
Grant Magnuson Clinical Center. He is also a breast oncologist.
After completing Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from
Oxford in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical
School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University.
His dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political
sciences dissertation of the year. He was a fellow in the Program
in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government
of 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. Dr. Emanuel has been an Associate
Professor of Medicine, Social Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology
at Harvard Medical School.
He has published widely on advance care directives and end
of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and
the physician-patient relationship in the New England Journal
of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association,
The Annals of Internal Medicine, and many other medical journals.
His book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely
praised and received honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial
Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has received numerous
awards including the AMA-Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award and
a Fulbright Scholarship.
Dr. Emanuel served on the ethics section of President Clinton's
Health Care Task Force and the National Bioethics Advisory Commis-sion.
Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Brin Professor at Johns
Hopkins Medical School.
Dr. Emanuel also serves as the editor of "Ethics Rounds"
in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Associate Editor for the
Journal of Clinical Ethics and the Journal of Health Communications.
For more information
about the Clinical Center and its Medicine for the Public lecture
series, contact CC Communications (OCCC@nih.gov),
of Health, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
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