Internationally known bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., will close out the 2006-2007 Lin Great Speakers Series on Thursday, Jan. 25 with a discussion on national health care reform.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in the St. Mary’s University Center in Conference Room A. The event is free and open to the public.

Emanuel has spent most of his professional career seeking solutions to the myriad challenges facing health care in America today, notably through his work on President Bill Clinton’s Health Care Task Force. Emanuel’s lecture on health care reform, and specifically universal health care vouchers, will conclude this year’s Lin Great Speakers Series’ examination of issues in health care and medicine.

Emanuel has published widely in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, and others on a wide range of topics in addition to health care reform, including the ethics of clinical research, advance care directives, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship.

Emanuel’s 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 also published No Margin, No Mission: Health-Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence.

His awards are numerous and include election to the Association of American Physicians, the AMA-Burroughs Welcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the John Mendelsohn Award from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He served on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and on the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Health Care Organization.

Emanuel earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, his master’s in biochemistry from Oxford University, and both his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Harvard University. Currently he is a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

The Lin Great Speakers Series is made possible by an endowment established in memory of Shu-Chi Lin by his widow, Mrs. Chang Le-Chiao Lin, and his son, Vincent Lin, Ph.D., a St. Mary’s trustee and alumnus, and a former faculty member.

Event details:

What: Lin Great Speakers Series
When: Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Mary’s University Center, Conference Room A
Notes: This is the final installment of this year’s Lin Great Speakers Series, which has focused on issues related to health care

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