Ezekiel Emanuel, Key White House Health Policy Advisor Featured at Aspen Institute

July 21, 2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Community Outreach Director
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7929

Aspen, CO, July 21, 2009 ––Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget,  will be featured  in the 2009 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series. Dr. Emanuel will be in conversation with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, and will speak about The Ethics of Stem Cell Reform among other topics. The event will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series are $15 each and will go on sale on July 21 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler.  As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged.  Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets, if any,  will be on sale at the door.

Dr. Emanuel is Head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist. He is on extended detail as a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Emanuel earned his PhD and MD degrees from Harvard University where his doctoral dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. After earning his MD PhD, he was a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Emanuel completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and an Oncology Fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and then joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel was previously an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Widely published on the ethics of clinical research, advance care directives, end-of-life issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship, Dr. Emanuel’s articles have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of American Medical Association, and many other medical and ethics journals. His book, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely praised and received the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Dr. Emanuel served on the ethics section of former President Clinton’s Health Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and the International Advisory Board on Bioethics of the Pan American Health Organization. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, and Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at http://www.aspenshowtickets.com/ or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please  call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.

Upcoming speakers to be featured summer events include:

July 28

Dan Rather, Journalist, HDNet
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale July 7

July 30

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Discusses his recent book, “War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars” (copies of this book will be on sale at event)
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets are sold out, however, unclaimed tickets, if any, will be available at the door 15 minutes prior to the lecture.

August 1

Ezekiel Emanuel, Special Advisor, White House Office of Management and Budget, Health Policy
4:00 – 5:00 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 21

August 3

Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
“The Truth about America’s Energy Future”
5:00 – 6:00 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale now
Presented by Aspen Institute Community Programs

August 4

Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
“Saving the World in Your Spare Time: Foreign Policy Challenges andWhat We Can Do About Them”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 21

August 7

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund; Trustee, the Aspen Institute
“The Education of a Patient Capitalist”
4:30 – 5:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 28

Event details subject to change.  Please visit www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents for updates or call our events hotline at 970/544-7970.

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