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AMA News Room

Nov. 18, 2013

AMA Foundation Honors Physician for Ethics Leadership

For immediate release:
Nov. 18, 2013

WASHINGTON - The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation's largest physician organization, presented Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., a medical oncologist and bioethicist from Philadelphia, with the 2013 Isaac Hays, M.D. and John Bell, M.D. Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

The Hays-Bell Award is named for the co-writers of the original AMA Code of Medical Ethics. The AMA Foundation Board of Directors selects the award recipient who has made an outstanding contribution through active service in medical ethics activities and demonstrated dedication to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice.

"Dr. Emanuel's devotion to improving the medical profession through extensive ethics research and education serves as a shining example of a distinguished career in service of others," said AMA Foundation President Edmond Cabbabe, M.D.

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. is known as one of the nation's leading thinkers, teachers and commentator on medical ethics issues. As the founding chair of the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he established and led a department now widely recognized around the world.

Dr. Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives, chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy and Diane and Robert Levy University Professor  at both the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he recently developed a new Master of Science program  in medical ethics. 

Dr. Emanuel recently announced the creation of the Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, which will support research, education, and training for identifying and addressing ethical and policy implications for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

A past member of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, Dr. Emanuel has led a number of initiatives for developing professional conflict-of-interest rules. He previously served in the White House as health policy advisor to the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

In addition to his work as a physician and professor, Dr. Emanuel has written and edited nine books and more than 200 scientific articles about the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, end-of-life issues, euthanasia, and managed care, which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and JAMA. His publications include The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics and The Ends of Human Life, a book on medical ethics which received honorable mention for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award.

The award was presented by AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. during the opening session of the 2013 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in National Harbor, Maryland. 

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Amy Jenkins, AMA Foundation
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