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Media Contact: Tia McCollors 28 October 2004    
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Ethicist from NIH To Discuss Proposal for Universal Healthcare Vouchers
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss his proposal for healthcare reform at a Nov. 10 lecture at Emory University.

The lecture, titled "Re-thinking Healthcare Reform: Universal Healthcare Vouchers," will be held from 4:30 - 6:00 PM in the Rita Anne Rollins Room, Grace Crum Rollins Building, School of Public Health, Emory University campus.

Dr. Emanuel, who is a breast oncologist, will analyze problems with the current healthcare system, and review the alternatives of incremental reform, mandates with subsidies, and single payer plans. His lecture will include a proposal of a new type of healthcare reform - universal healthcare vouchers - and explain why they are ethically, economically, and politically feasible.

After completing Amherst College, Dr. Emanuel received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in Biochemistry in 1981, his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1988 and a PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University in 1989. Following 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. He also served as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School before accepting his current NIH position in 1998. Dr. Emanuel has recently been elected as a member to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Emanuel has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, advance care directives, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, 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, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and on PAHO.

The lecture is being hosted by the Bioethics Program of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and the Emory University Center for Ethics. It is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Michael Street Parking Deck, located behind the Rollins School of Public Health. For more information, contact Marian Osborne at (404) 727-5048.

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