Linda Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., is the Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine and the director of the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Emanuel is the founder and principal of the national Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Program and the Patient Safety Education Program (PSEP). She is the director of the Ford Center on Global Citizenship's Health Section at the Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Emanuel remains active with the Innovation Advisory Committee and the Patient Safety Task Force of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and has worked closely with the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City.

Prior to joining Northwestern University, Dr. Emanuel was vice president of Ethics Standards and head of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association.  Until 1996, she was the assistant director of the Division of Medical Ethics and, until 1998, she was the Glessner Lee Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She has published and lectured extensively on clinical ethics, end-of-life care, the patient-physician relationship, academic integrity, accountability, organizational ethics, and professionalism.

Dr. Emanuel was trained at Cambridge University, University College London, Oxford University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard University. She is a board-certified general internist with fellowship training in both public health research methodology and professional ethics.  Dr. Emanuel earned her Ph.D. in neurophysiology and was a research neurophysiologist before she embarked on her clinical career.