Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Creative Rejuvenation: A New Lens for Transforming American Health Care
Open to Penn affiliates

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET March 22, 2024 In-Person Event

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Robertson Hall, 8th Floor

Disruptive innovation or “creative destruction” drives change in economic markets, but is not effective in transforming public systems like health care. Building on his thought leadership in bioethics and health policy, Dr. Emanuel will preview his new work, which explores the concept of “creative rejuvenation” as a mechanism to reform the structural elements of health care in the U.S. He will offer insight as why institutional resistance to change persists and will share examples of the general principles of “creative rejuvenation” in health care to date.

Please note: In-person attendance at this event is preferred. Virtual access will be provided to registrants who are unable to be on campus.


Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Vice Provost, Global Initiatives; Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor; Co-Director, Healthcare Transformation Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD is Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Special Advisory to the Director General of the World Health Organization. He served as Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania from 2011-2020. From January 2009 to January 2011, he served as Special Advisor for Health Policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. From 1997 to 2011, he was Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He is also a breast oncologist. Dr. Emanuel has written and edited 14 books and over 300 articles, and is the world’s most cited bioethicist. He is currently an opinion contributor for the New York Times, and appears regularly on broadcast TV.

Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovitz Professor at Stanford Medical School, and visiting professor at New York University Law School. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University in 2022. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Association of Arts and Sciences and won the Dan David Prize for medical ethics in 2019. In May of 2022, he will be awarded an honorary degree from Macalester College. In 2020, Dr. Emanuel received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Emanuel received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in Political Philosophy from Harvard University. After completing 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 Harvard Medical School.