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Noted bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel has been named a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor, the thirteenth professor to be selected for the interdisciplinary program since its inception in 2005.

Emanuel will start his post as the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor and vice provost for global initiatives next month, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced last week.

“I am delighted to welcome Zeke Emanuel as vice provost for global initiatives,” Price said in a statement. “The extraordinary range of experience and expertise that he brings to this new role will play a critical part in shaping our global activities in the years ahead.”

Emanuel will share his appointment between the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, for which he will be the inaugural chair, and Wharton’s Health Care Management Department.

“The University of Pennsylvania is tremendously fortunate to have attracted to our faculty one of the most insightful and well-respected bioethicists of our time,” Gutmann said in a statment. “Zeke Emanuel is an eminent scholar, a passionate teacher, a collaborative leader and a tireless public servant.”

Emanuel, a breast oncologist, has headed the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health since 1997. He recently served as a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Emanuel will join twelve other Penn Integrates Knowledge professors, who are part of a program developed by Gutmann to recruit professors whose research spans multiple academic disciplines.

“His leadership in interdisciplinary knowledge, ethical inquiry and global engagement — three of our most important values — will prove a great asset to the entire Penn community,” Price said.

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