Ezekiel J. “Zeke” Emanuel, M.D. Ph.D.

Venture Partner


"Complexity is an understatement in the healthcare industry, but challenge ignites the spark of so many opportunities. We’re confident our approach and the strategies of our companies will prevail regardless of political agenda or regulation."

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  • Active Investments

    • Oncology Analytics
    • VillageMD
  • Prior Investments

    • Aspire Health (acquired by Anthem, Inc.)

A Venture Partner since 2015, Zeke centers on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in healthcare information services.


He is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also is the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.


Previously, Zeke, who is a breast oncologist, was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School before joining the National Institutes of Health, where he was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics. He also served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council.


He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Amherst College, a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from Oxford University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University.


Zeke is the author of several books, including Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System and Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. He is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune and a regular contributor to MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.


He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the chair of the meta-council on the Future of Health Care Committee for the World Economic Forum. He has received numerous awards, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians and the Royal College of Medicine. Among other awards, Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He is a member of the board of VillageMD.


Lightning Round with ZEKE

  • What is your spirit animal?

    Tigger from Winnie the Pooh--"It's gonna be great, it's gonna be great, IT'S GONNA BE GREAT!!!!"


  • What book have you read again and again?

    King Lear--greatest play ever written and it changes as you grow older.

  • The first thing you do every morning is…

    My yoga stretches--my own routine to keep my back in balance and me limber.

  • Go-to Karaoke song?

    I have only done Karaoke once--on a ship in the Nagasaki harbor.  I was co-head of a course and my Japanese co-head "forced" me to sing.  I HATE singing.  The only song I thought I could do was the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

  • Dream Vacation

    Waking up, writing for about 4 hours and then riding my bike on day trips out of Florence and ending the day with wonderful food.

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