At a Glance
- Career History:
Special Health Adviser to Director,
Office of Management and Budget
( February 2009 to January 2011) Chair, Department of Bioethics,
National Institutes of Health
(1996 to 2009); Associate Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Harvard University (1992 to 1996)
- Hometown: Wilmette, Ill.
- Alma Mater: Amherst College, B.S. (chemistry), 1979; Oxford University M.Sc. (biochemistry); Harvard Medical School, M.D.; Harvard University, Ph.D. (political theory)
Path to Power
Emanuel is the oldest son of Benjamin Emanuel, who was born in Jerusalem before the creation of the state of Israel, and worked with Irgun, a Jewish underground movement, before moving to Chicago. There he became a pediatrician and met the woman who would become his wife, Marsha, an X-ray technician and civil- rights activist.
"Politics and the civil rights movement were very much a part of our family life," Zeke told the Washington Post. "We went on Martin Luther King's march on Cicero [a neighborhood in Chicago] with my mom."
"I have more or less carte blanche by [Orszag] to work on things related to health," Emanuel said in 2009.
As an M.D. among economists, Emanuel has worked on everything from the administration's response to the H1N1 "swine flu" epidemic and resulting Global Health Initiative to planning a wellness program aimed at disease-prevention.
Emanuel's brother, Rahm Emanuel, is Barack Obama's chief of staff.
At the Office of Management and Budget, Emanuel reports to director Peter Orszag. He also works with health economist Jeffrey Liebman, and Keith Fontenot, head of the OMB health desk.