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OU College of Medicine Honors Renowned Bioethicist


OU College of Medicine Honors Renowned Bioethicist

August 2, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has presented the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics to Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., vice provost for global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

The Department of Pediatrics in the OU College of Medicine presents the award every two years to a person who demonstrates high standards in the medical or professional ethics fields. The prize is named for the late Patricia Price Browne, an Oklahoma champion of women’s and children’s health. The honor comes with a $10,000 award.

An oncologist and world leader in health policy and bioethics, Emanuel accepted the award in person and presented a lecture titled, “Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Lessons from COVID.” Emanuel is a special adviser to the director general of the World Health Organization, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August 2011.

From 2009 to 2011, Emanuel served as a special adviser on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. In this role, he was instrumental in drafting the Affordable Care Act. Emanuel also served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID Advisory Board.

Emanuel is the most widely cited bioethicist in history with over 350 publications. He has written or edited over 15 books, including Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?, Prescription for the FutureReinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System and Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. In 2008, he published Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America, which included his own recommendations for health care reform.

Emanuel is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science degree from Oxford University in biochemistry, earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his doctorate in political philosophy from Harvard University.

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