I really enjoyed working on a profile of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a noted oncologist and bioethicist and the older brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, even though the White House wouldn’t let me talk to him. The Emanuels are a fascinating family, and Zeke appears to be very serious and very passionate about doing health-care reform right. You can read the profile here.
As I researched for the story, one of my favorite sources was an interview that Charlie Rose did with Zeke, Rahm and their youngest brother Ari last June. You can watch that here.
And here is a portion of the profile:
Rahm Emanuel may be the most famous of the three Emanuel brothers, but he’s probably not the most intense.
Sitting next to his older brother, Rahm comes off as folksy, flashing Cheshire grins and cracking jokes as he did in a TV interview last year, while Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel radiates an almost nervous energy, leaning forward in his chair, earnestly waiting for the conversation to turn to health care reform.
It is that very issue that has brought Zeke Emanuel, as he is known, to the White House with his younger brother after two decades as an oncologist and nationally recognized bioethicist.
There is one complicating factor to all this: Dr. Emanuel, 51, has some very different ideas about health care reform than President Obama and some of his key advisers.
And he carries that same fire in the belly for which his younger brother is known. He has been known to challenge superiors during his time at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere, colleagues say.
“He’s feisty. He’s not a milquetoast or a pushover,” says Victor R. Fuchs, a health policy and economics professor at Stanford University who worked with Dr. Emanuel over the past five years on a comprehensive health care reform proposal.
— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times